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According to a 2016 Gallup poll, only 44% of Americans adults have a will, a number that has steadily decreased over the past 20 years.

A free educational seminar entitled, “The Whys of Wills (Part II),” is a follow up session to “The Whys of Wills (Part I),” that took place in September. This session will discuss beneficiary designations, power of attorney documents and advanced health care directives. Local estate planning attorney, Lisa Bowen, Thrivent Financial representative, Ted Haar, and local non-profit, the Written Gift, will explore these topics in depth. This free seminar will be held at Grand Arbor, 4403 Pioneer Road SE, Alexandria.

This is the second seminar in an ongoing series hosted by Thrivent Financial and Knute Nelson. Upcoming seminar topics include:
•    Thursday, November 8 – U.S. Tax Reform and Leaving Your Legacy
•    Tuesday, December 11 – Keeping the Farm in the Family

There is no cost to attend; however, RSVPs are appreciated due to limited space. Refreshments will be provided. To RSVP for any of these workshops, call Chris Harris at 320-759-1269.

Bowen has been practicing law since 1995 and specializes in the areas of estate planning, elder law, probate, real estate and business matters. Bowen is an active member of the Elder Law Section and the Minnesota State Bar Association. Bowen obtained her law degree from Hamline University School of Law.

About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its more than 2 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit

About Knute Nelson

Knute Nelson, a 501c3 non-profit, faith-based corporation, is an innovative leader in senior housing and health care that offers a full family of services to the West Central Minnesota region. For information on Knute Nelson visit or call 320-763-6653.