WCTE hosts free Will & Estate Planning classes in Cookeville, Crossville, Smithville

WCTE Estate Planning Workshop speakers include (left to right): Joy Buck Gothard, Wayne Cravens, Holly Lee, Andrea Burkhardt, Hilton Conger and Tom Janey.

COOKEVILLE – WCTE announced today that the station is joining local community organizations in a public awareness campaign to promote National Estate Planning Awareness Week Oct. 19-23. Free in-person or virtual classes will be offered in cities across the region, and participants will learn about will preparation and estate planning and have their questions answered by local experts.

The Cookeville class is being offered Thursday, Oct. 20, 3-4 p.m. at the Leslie Town Centre, 1 W. First St. Local experts include Joy Buck Gothard, Attorney at Law, and Wayne Cravens with Cravens & Company. 

The Crossville class is being offered Thursday, Oct. 22, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Art Circle Public Library, 3 East St. Local experts include Holly Lee, Attorney at Law, and Andrea Burckhard with New York Life. 

The Smithville class is being offered Tuesday, October 20, 11 am – Noon at the DeKalb County Community Center, 712 S. Congress Blvd. Local experts include Hilton Conger, Attorney at Law, and Tom Janney, CPA with Janney & Associates.

Estate planning is one of the most overlooked areas of personal financial management. It’s been estimated that more than 120 million Americans do not have proper estate plans to protect themselves or their families in the event of sickness, accidents or untimely death. This circumstance can cause many families unnecessary expense and financial hardship. Proper planning can help avoid these unintended consequences. 

WCTE will recognize National Estate Planning Week by providing local residents a free personal estate planning booklet. The booklet will allow the user to start organizing their financial assets and thinking through their personal goals. Any person interested in receiving this booklet or attending the class either in-person or virtually may contact Avery Hutchins at 931-528-2222 or ahutchins@wcte.org

“For over 40 years, WCTE has provided public television programs and educational services to the people in this community. Raising awareness about estate planning is in line with our public service and educational mission,” Hutchins stated.  

WCTE Central TN PBS has served the Upper Cumberland 40+ years as the region’s premier storyteller and is the only television station in a 75-mile radius of Cookeville, making it a strategic partner in education, health services, government, arts and music. WCTE is a 501(c) 3 and is owned and operated by the Upper Cumberland Broadcast Council. WCTE Central TN PBS is one of only 350 PBS member stations nationwide.

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