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June Newsletter

It's been a challenging month, to say the least, and I hope that everyone is doing well under the circumstances. I'm thankful that our client appointments have all transitioned pretty smoothly to virtual conferences, and please know that we are continuing to work flexibly to ensure that you and your family are supported and protected during this time.

I recently stumbled across a social media post from a historian encouraging everyone to document or journal their experiences during this pandemic. This is obviously a unique moment in time and certainly one for the history books. As an estate planning attorney, I often talk about leaving a legacy that is more than money. This is generally done by passing down stories, letters, cards, videos, and life lessons. Imagine what it would be like to read letters and stories from your grandparents or great-grandparents about their experiences during the 1918 flu pandemic. Wouldn't that be something unique to cherish and reflect on right now?

If you find yourself with extra time on your hands and a lot on your mind, it might be an opportunity to write out some of your thoughts (or even record a few videos) that can be passed onto future generations someday. The time to do it is now while it's fresh on your mind and your emotions are raw and unfiltered. You might even find it therapeutic! Finally, THANK YOU to all of the essential workers reading this who are tirelessly serving our community while putting themselves in harm's way. I am thankful for all of the health care workers, grocery store employees, manufacturers, truckers, gas station attendants and everyone else for their sacrifice during this time.

Hang in there, 

April S. Grunden
Grunden Law Office, LLC

 
 

What's new with us...
Meet Kelly Klipp, a Grunden Law Office Client Care Coordinator. She's been working with the GLO team for a few months now but we wanted everyone to know a bit about her!
-What do you love most about working in this field?
I thrive on helping guide clients through the estate planning process, which I know can be overwhelming to those who haven't experienced it yet. I appreciate working with a team of colleagues who always have the client's best interest at heart.
-Where are you from?
I was born in Indiana, but raised in Pensacola, Florida, and lived in many different places since. My husband Marty & I lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa since 2003, and moved to Fort Wayne in August 2019 to be closer to family.
-What are your hobbies? 
I enjoy genealogy, gardening, travel, cooking and baking.
-What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? 
I spend a lot of time watching my son play baseball. I love visiting my aunt & uncle's cottage on Lake Wawasee, where my husband and I were married. I'm always up for a weekend trip to Chicago to visit the Art Institute, see a show, or take in a Cubs game.
Meet our summer interns, Renee and Ashley!
 
ASHLEY
-Work & Student History: Working at GLO has been my first job and I started here in January of 2020 as part of a high school internship. I also was an intern at Bulldog Consulting Services in high school. I am planning on attending Michigan State University in the fall to study Business Management and to continue my softball career as well. 
-What do you love most about working at GLO?: I learn something new everyday and no day is the exact same as the last. I've gained so much experience and knowledge since I started working here. I also really enjoy working alongside of the other GLO team members, they are so welcoming and kind, which makes working more fun. 

RENEE:
-Work & Student History: I am a Fort Wayne native, a Leo High School graduate, and currently a senior at Ball State University, planning to graduate in May of 2021 with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and a double minor in Management and Sociology. I hope to pursue a career in marketing, community relations, or related fields. 
-What do you love most about working at GLO?: I truly enjoy the team I work alongside with as they are so kind and considerate of not only the clients, but of each other. I also love interacting with the clients in hopes of making their days a little brighter. 
Timely Topics...
June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month! Worldwide, an estimated 44 million people are living with Alzheimer's and dementia, and everyone who has a brain is at risk. For more information, <<click here>>.
June 15, 2020 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. For more information, <<click here>>.

We’re Different and Different Is Good.

At GLO we’re reviving the lost art of listening. It’s your planning, not ours. You tell us how you want to take care of your family and business. We will listen and put everything in place.
— April Grunden

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