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2016 HIP Sabine Keller

Getting Our “Ducks in a Row” with Sabine Keller

On Saturday April 23rd we all had the opportunity to learn from Sabine Keller the ins and outs of ‘Getting Our Ducks in a Row’ – that is taking care, in advance, of having our affairs in order, just in case something happened, such as an illness or accident, which would impede our ability to speak for ourselves.  The discussion covered the importance of who would be in charge or our things, our families, but even more important, ourselves.  We explored the difference between advance directives, living wills and the power of attorney.

The interest was high and Sabine answered the many questions with patience and knowledge.  As this is a service she offers she is clear on where she can guide and advise and where it is important for us to seek legal aide.

As international women with our lives sometimes spread out over several countries, she underlined the importance of cross-checking that our wishes and directives are formulated in all the necessary languages and according to the different countries requirements so as to facilitate any processes that must be put in place by those people we appoint to do so.

Sabine underlined that while we hope the chances are slim of something so drastic happening to us, it can.  It is up to us to be prepared, saving those who love and care for us the anguish of dealing with obscure regulations at a time when they will also be dealing with the emotions which are part and parcel of just such a situation.

Funnily enough the discussion was not grey and heavy, but stimulating and vibrant.  We felt the power of a group coming together to help one another achieve a very important task that we all need to deal with.

Another important topic which will help us be on the top of our professional and personal lives.

HIP night out
HIP night out
HIP night out
2015 personal finances

Making Sense of Your Professional Finances

We were excited to launch our 2015 HIPWF program with getting a head start on our finances! In our first meeting of the year, we received advice on good principles of personal finance as well as ideas on how to set up a few easy bookkeeping options for your business.

Tracie Marquardt and Marjorie Simon-Meinefeld, with expertise in the audit, finance and legal fields, made dynamic presentations to help us see some of the basics more clearly. They gave us some clever techniques, tools, tips and tricks to help us all better understand the processes of managing our professional finances.

Marjorie focused on personal financial know-how and Tracie shared her bookkeeping system. They finished by answering attendees’ questions and started a launching pad for further discussions about tax consulting and getting “healthy and wealthy.”

Tracie has put her background as a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant to good use since launching her training and coaching business, Quality Assurance Communication, in 2013. Tracie developed her own bookkeeping system that thus far seems to satisfy her tax accountant and the HD Finanzamt.

Marjorie is a military veteran, trained chef, and legal expert for the US government. She has studied the principles of personal financial management for over 20 years and regularly puts them into practice for herself, her family and her business, Anything Vegan, which she co-owns with her sister in the US.

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015

Location: Perkeo Restaurant, Heidelberg