Estate Planning For Blended Families

Tools on how to make your estate planning easy!

estate-planning-for-blended-familiesDid you know that more than 60% of Americans don’t have a will? Are you one of them? ¬†With a blended family, you can’t afford NOT to have one! Who has power of attorney if something were to happen to you? Do you know if your partner would be able to be in your hospital room if you are rendered incapacitated? Have the two of you spelled out what you want to have happen with all of your children when the time comes?

About the Book

This new guide provides great support and easy tools on how to make your estate planning easy, and yes, even enjoyable! Every family is different, and blended families — defined as those with children from previous marriages or couplings included — can be even more difficult to plan for. When dealing with complicated family situations, cookie-cutter estate plans just don’t work!

Estate planning can be difficult as the subject matter can seem complex for non-lawyers, and family members can be hesitant to clearly voice their opinions on touchy matters. However, planning the future of your family’s estate is crucial for the emotional and financial well-being and stability of all family members, and having everything in order will bring invaluable peace of mind.

Estate Planning for the Blended Family, published by Self Counsel Press, takes the complexities and makes them simple, and helps you make effective decisions for your particular family’s needs in a step by step fashion.

About the Authors

L. Paul Hood, Jr. is a frequent speaker and commentator on estate planning issues. He is widely quoted and his articles have been published in a number of journals, including CCH Journal of Practical Estate Planning, Estate Planning, Digest of Federal Tax Articles, Louisiana Bar Journal, and Tax Ideas. In addition to serving on the Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals, he was a sponsored speaker for distinguished law schools such as Duke, Georgetown, NYU, LSU, Tulane, and Loyola.

Emily Bouchard, BA, MSSW, is the founder of, LLC, where expert coaches make a positive difference in the lives of step-families. She has been featured on The Today Show and NPR, is the author of several e-books, and speaks internationally on issues relating to blended families. While writing Estate Planning for the Blended Family, Emily served as the Managing Partner of Wealth Legacy Group (WLG), a team of coaches who specialize in the emotional impact of money and wealth on individuals, couples, and families. Currently, Emily is a Family Dynamics consultant at Ascent Private Capital Management, a multi-family office.

Speaking Engagements

To book Emily and/or Paul for radio/TV/podcast interviews, please click their respective names.


“Working with Emily on the vision for the ‘Women and Wealth Symposium: Living Well and Living Generously’ was an inspiring process. The all day event was an incredible success with almost 200 women attending. Emily’s co-facilitated presentation on ‘Healthy Relationships with Money and Family’ was engaging and entertaining. Participants surveyed reported that Emily’s ideas were very useful, they learned a lot and left with specific tools they could begin using right away with their families. I look forward to working with Emily on future events.”

– Taryn Annette Sievers
Family Wealth Director
Senior Vice President – Wealth Management
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC

“Paul Hood is a true Renaissance Man. He is one of the brightest and most capable people I have ever met – no matter the challenge. His experience, professionalism, depth of knowledge, sharp insights, and fearlessness in confronting professional controversy have made Paul one of the most well-known and well respected professionals in the gift and estate tax arena. Our firm has been privileged to work with Paul numerous times and I am working closely with him currently on a book project and enjoying the process immensely. Paul is an excellent writer and speaker. Any organization would benefit from having him on the program. I recommend Paul without reservation and am privileged to know him.”

– Barbara Walters Price, Senior Vice-President and Board Member, Mercer Capital, October 18, 2009.