KNOXVILLE – East Tennessee PBS has announced the station will be taking part in a public awareness campaign to promote National Estate Planning Awareness Week from Monday, October 16 until Sunday, October 22.
Estate planning is one of the most overlooked areas of personal financial management. It has been estimated that more than 120 million Americans do not have proper estate plans to protect themselves or their families in the event of sickness, accidents or untimely death. The lack of planning can cause many families unnecessary expenses and financial hardship. Proper planning can help avoid these unintended consequences.
In 2008, Congress passed a resolution proclaiming the third week in October as National Estate Planning Awareness Week. “Public television has long served as an advocate for financial literacy. Estate planning is a critical component of the financial health of most adults,” said Vickie Lawson, CEO and president of East Tennessee PBS.
East Tennessee PBS will recognize National Estate Planning Week by providing local residents a free financial planning booklet. The booklet will allow the user to start organizing their financial assets and thinking through their personal goals.
“For nearly 50 years, East Tennessee PBS has provided public television programs and educational services to the people in this community. Raising awareness about estate planning is in line with our public service and educational mission, and we are excited to be able to offer this valuable resource,” said Lawson.
Any person interested in receiving this booklet should contact Judy Cutaia, East Tennessee PBS director of Planned Giving at (865) 595-0223 or email jcutaia@EastTennesseePBS.org.