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6 x November 16 — December 6, 2017 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com Brenda Crenshaw didn't intend to open an accredited private school, let alone two: The Crenshaw School in Gotha and another near Plains, Georgia. Many have said her school is one of "the best-kept secrets in Orlando." The Crenshaw School is a private college-preparatory school serving boys and girls in prekindergarten through grade 12. Crenshaw offers a curriculum designed to help students of varying abilities reach their educational goals. With a well-earned reputation for educational excellence, the school has six nationally recognized accreditations. Among them are Southern Association of Colleges and Schools — Council on Accreditation and School Improvement and the Association of Independent Schools of Florida. A graduate of Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s in chemistry and a minor in biology, Crenshaw also holds a master’s in education. She began her teaching experience as a public school teacher, then continued as an on-set teacher with students who were entertainers and athletes. Due to their production and training schedules, BUSINESS these students did not have the availability to attend a regular school-year program. Vowing not to let children’s dreams be placed on hold because of unbending school programs, Crenshaw founded The Crenshaw School in 1999. PROFILE The Mighty Mouse of Private Schools Helping students reach their educational goals The Crenshaw School provides a child-centered environment and tailors instruction to all types of learners. Soon after, a handful of home-schoolers and students who were working as professionals joined her tutoringstyle classroom. They became the first class at The Crenshaw School. With a philosophy that “it’s all about the children,” Crenshaw began developing an international curriculum based on consistency, accountability and strong parent-teacher communication. Some former students with whom Crenshaw has worked are well-known actors, musicians and athletes, including Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, Mandy Moore, PGA golfer Ty Tryon, and The Crenshaw School’s own graduate actress, Arielle Kebbel. Each year, attendance at The Crenshaw School is 100 to 125 students with more than 200 graduates during the past few years, most having been college-bound. Some graduates have received full scholarships to prestigious universities like Tulane University and Stanford University. While attending The Crenshaw School, many students have the opportunity to be dual-enrolled at one of the local colleges, such as Rollins College, the University of Central Florida, or Valencia College. After graduation from The Crenshaw School, they are able to begin college with at least one year of college credit hours. Crenshaw students report no trouble matriculating to a larger campus. This is because of their strong academic confidence as a result of being nurtured in a small, family-type high school setting. The Crenshaw School tailors instruction to all types of learners. For international students, there is a solid English as a Second Language program. Unlike in public schools, these students have the freedom to learn English at their own pace. Based on their success, they soon take math and other general academic classes. The school also offers one class with an extremely low faculty/student ratio for students with high-functioning disabilities to study the same curriculum as other students, only at a slower pace. The program is called the Promise Program. The Crenshaw School provides a childcentered environment in which every child is a learner. The goal is to give students the means by which they can think, understand and apply their knowledge in intellectual and practical problem-solving situations. Crenshaw recognizes the value of multiple approaches to learning, utilizing teaching methods that vary from traditional to innovative. Crenshaw believes that smaller is better with regard to classroom size. She also believes in hiring teachers “fresh out of college,” who recently received their education degrees. In this way, the school can embrace their optimism, enthusiasm and technique to match the needs of the “wonderful young people” attending The Crenshaw School. Teachers begin by expecting more from students. With a low faculty/student ratio, they are able to personalize instruction to foster the learning necessary to meet rigorous expectations. The Crenshaw School does not sacrifice size for quantity of extracurricular activities. Although there are no sports teams at Crenshaw, secondary school students have the ability to play for local high school-area programs. The Florida Film Academy runs a weekly after-school program on campus. The Crenshaw School has been nicknamed the “Mighty Mouse of private schools.” You owe it to your inquisitive learner to see why. The Crenshaw School in Gotha is located at 2342 Hempel Ave. For more information or to schedule an appointment for a tour, call 407-757- 2241 or visit www.crenshawschool.com ª

www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x November 16 — December 6, 2017 x 7 Who Will Inherit Your Assets? By Kristen M. Jackson, Attorney Do you know for sure who will inherit your assets? If you have made adequate plans, you probably know what will happen to your real estate, belongings and investments when you die. However, many people have not planned for the distribution of their assets for a variety of reasons. Often they put if off because they do not want to think about death. Or, they believe they do not have enough assets to worry about making plans to pass them to those they choose. Regardless of the quantity of assets, these assets constitute your estate. Let’s look at what may happen if you fail to do estate planning. COURT PROVIDED WILL With or without a written Will, to pass your estate to your heirs, a court proceeding known as probate is generally required. Probate is the legal process for the payment of debts and distribution of your property. A written Will directs the court specifically how you wish your assets to be distributed upon your death and who you want to handle that distribution. Without a written Will, the court, not you, will decide how your estate will be distributed by following the state law where you permanently resided at your death. In a sense, the court provides the state’s Will for you. Let’s look at what can happen. Consider the following. UNINTENTIONAL SPLIT George and Patricia, were married with two adult children. They owned everything jointly and had no Wills. When George died, by law, all of their marital assets were passed directly to Patricia. Their children are not be entitled to any share of the assets until Patricia dies, at which time the entire estate should pass to them. However, Patricia married Richard who outlived her. Because Patricia again failed to prepare a written Will prior to her death, all of her assets that she and George intended to pass to their children were required to be split with Richard, Patricia’s second husband. By law, the children received only half of Patricia’s assets while Ava’s second husband, Richard, received the other half of her estate. UNINTENDED BENEFICIARIES Now consider the situation of Jillian and Neil who were married without children but each had siblings, nieces and nephews who they wished to receive their assets once they had both died. They had no written Wills and owned everything jointly so when Neil died the entire estate passed to Jillian. Jillian later married Howard who had 3 children from a prior marriage. Subsequently, Howard outlived Jillian who still had failed to prepare a written Will. Since Jillian had no children or grandchildren, her entire estate passed to Howard. Any wishes that Jillian and her first husband, Neil, had to pass their assets to their siblings, nieces and nephews died with Jillian. Subsequently, when Howard died, the entire estate, including Jillian’s assets, passed to Howard’s 3 children. Jillian and Neil’s heirs received nothing. PUT IT IN WRITING Because the couples above failed to prepare simple Wills and allowed state law to dictate how their estates would be distributed at their deaths, their heirs received a lesser amount, none at all, or their assets were distributed to non-family members. Had each of the above couples at least prepared written Wills, or better yet, a revocable living trust in order to avoid probate, their desires would have be satisfied and their beneficiaries would have received the assets these couples intended. If you do not want state law to dictate the distribution of your assets after you die, you should consult with an estate planning attorney today. Legal Areas of Practice By our Team of Attorneys Administrative Advance Directives Bankruptcy Business Buy / Sell Contracts Commercial Contracts Corporation Criminal Employment Estate Planning Family Law Guardianship Litigation Last Wills Medicaid Powers Of Attorney Pre-Nuptials Probate Real Estate Special Needs Title & Closings Trusts Trademark Estate Planning Wills, Trusts, Probate, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives, Pre-Need Guardians, Trust Administration, Pet (Animal) Trusts Probate With or without a Last Will, in order to obtain assets, pay debts and taxes and distribute remaining assets to the heirs or beneficiaries, the deceased’s estate requires the assistance of an attorney to manage the court supervised administration. Corporation & Business Law Contracts, Start-ups, Purchase or Sales, Corporations (Inc.), Limited Liability Companies (LLC’s), Trademarks, Copyrights, Franchise Agreements Real Estate Closings, Title Insurance, Sales & Purchases, Leases, Contract Review, Contract Preparation (407)363-9020 www.JacksonLawPA.com Offices: Orlando Credit Cards Accepted Kristen Jackson Attorney At Law