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On Earth Day We asked… Can Estate Planning be Eco-Friendly?

My husband and I try to instill in our children a love for nature.  This photo is of our middle daughter, Amelia, as we hiked through Johnson Park in Racine last fall.  Living in such a beautiful part of the world, it’s easy to spend hours outside with loved ones. We take the kids hiking and camping whenever we have a spare moment. 

Not only do we get to experience nature, but we also unplug and experience each other without interruption.

Attorney Mason and her daughter hiking on Earth Day in Racine County
Attorney Mason and her daughter, Amelia hiking in Racine County Wisconsin

As we consider Earth Day, we are proud that our love for nature is being passed on to our children.  I am also proud to extend this ethos beyond our families weekend adventures. It has become a fundamental part of my firm’s estate planning practice.

Have you considered a green burial?

We routinely ask our clients if they have considered a green burial.  A “green burial” is an Eco-friendly approach to burial. Traditional burial method fills your body with a formaldehyde solution and encases your body in a casket. Caskets are often not bio degradable.

During a green burial, your body is not embalmed. You are buried in a container that is 100 percent bio degradable.  Sometimes no casket at all. The body is wrapped in a cloth.  Did you know you can also choose to be buried with a tree sapling? This metaphorically and actually allows your body to become the tree.

What else can be done on Earth Day?

We also found ways to cut waste by offering a “paper-lite” estate plan. With the help of newer tech and our fantastic millennial staff, we have a secure portal. The secure portal allows us to share drafts and obtain client feedback without using paper.  Our clients can also securely access their estate plan from literally anywhere in the world (as long as there is internet access). 

In Wisconsin, the final Estate Plan needs to be signed to comply with state law.  But digitizing large portions of the estate planning process can significantly reduce the use of paper and our impact on the earth. While at the same time improving the process.

We know these efforts are not huge changes. But each small change we make adds up.

Earth Day & Estate Planning Resources:

The Green Burial Council: https://www.greenburialcouncil.org

The Biodegradable burial pod that turns your body into a tree:

Empty Bowls 2019 Racine!

Another Empty Bowls Racine is in the books! Thank you to all the volunteers! Everyone worked very hard to make 2019 another amazing success! – Rebecca Mason

Empty Bowls Racine is:

Is a hunger-fighting event for the local community.
Empty Bowls is our greatest community fundraiser to fight hunger. It is always the first Monday in March.
In conclusion, Come and enjoy next year!

🌿community 💕.

🌿locally donated tasty soup from 100s of Southeastern Wisconsin area restaurants. All prepared by our best chefs. Try as many as you wish!

🌿a beautiful (handmade with love ) bowl you get to keep …. and you get to pick from hundreds

🌿fresh bread made from our own local bread makers

🌿live music. a silent auction. and a raffle.

🌿 Above all its a Racine community driven and supported event 🙂

Media Coverage and Links:

Fox6 Coverage

Empty Bowl is a one-of-a-kind annual fundraiser. It brings the community together to enjoy the work of area artists, schools, bakeries, restaurants, entertainers and generous businesses. To raise funds that benefit the Racine County Food Bank and H.A.L.O. (Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization).

Brian Kramp – Fox6

Racine County Eye

The purpose of the empty bowl is to remind the community that there is always an empty bowl somewhere. The event allows you to choose a handmade bowl and enjoy homemade soup from local chefs. During the event each year, there is live music, a silent auction, and a raffle.

Faith Finrock – Racine County Eye

Journal Times Coverage

Since the Racine event was created in 1997, more than $250,000 has been raised in support of the Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization and the Racine County Food Bank. Local students, artists, and citizens create one-of-a-kind handmade ceramic bowls; local restaurants and organizations prepare soups and slices of bread all served by local VIPs

Pete Wicklund – Journal Times

HALO, Inc – Empty Bowls

Attorney Mason