This week’s episode is an information-packed one with Renee Kendall. Renee is an attorney with Trinidadian roots, and she provides practical advice on how to get our affairs in order through wills, advanced directives and similar legal support.
First, Renee tells us what it was like to spend her formative years in Trinidad, then move to America. She talks about having to navigate the nuances of living in America, while being taught Trinidadian values. She also shares her experiences with bullying as a young girl and how she learned to mask her heritage.
Renee now runs a legal practice named Caribbean Legal Solutions, that focuses primarily on land, estate and advocacy matters. The goal is to connect Caribbean-Americans, and anyone else outside of the Caribbean, with attorneys that are based in the Caribbean. Because people so often retain connections to their home countries such as land ownership or family relationships, they often need to find reliable, trustworthy attorneys.
In essence, Caribbean Legal Solutions are attorneys that hire attorneys. Renee explains how they are able to add value to their clients and remove a lot of the guesswork. They also have an expanded local network of attorneys to support clients with domestic needs such as immigration and divorce.
In this episode I talk about the passing of my dad in Jamaica and the challenges of dealing with the funeral and other affairs from the US. Renee adds that when dealing with the loss of a family member, especially in another country, having legal support can take a huge burden off of you while you focus on the emotional aspect. For more on how I dealt with the death of my father, check out the previous episode, Life Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes.
Additionally, Renee provides valuable insights on misconceptions around having a will, and steps you can take to begin getting your affairs in order. We talk about state administration, deed fraud and advanced directives. She explains why it’s important to appoint a power of attorney and a healthcare proxy to make decisions on your behalf.
None of the information provided in this episode should be taken as legal advice. It is intended to help you make more informed decisions around legal matters.
- Renee Kendall provides practical advice on how to get our affairs in order through wills, advanced directives and similar legal support.
- Caribbean Legal Solutions connects anyone else outside of the Caribbean with attorneys that are based in the Caribbean.
- They also have an expanded local network of attorneys to support clients with domestic needs.
- Kerry-Ann and Renee talk about the challenges of dealing with affairs in the Caribbean while remaining in America.
- None of the information provided in this episode should be taken as legal advice.
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