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2019 Publication Award Nominations | del Regato Archives | New Research Podcast (Spring 2019 Vol. 9 No. 1)

Join the Competition for the 2019 ROI Publication Award
Submit your nomination for the honor by July 3, 2019. 
Letter from the President
ROI President Deborah A. Kuban, MD, FASTRO, offers a toast to you, our supporters. 
Bringing New Life to the History of Radiation Oncology
Juan A. del Regato's historical works are archived on the ROI's website. 
Giving In Recognition of Another
A gift to the ROI in honor or memory of an influential person in your life can have a meaningful and lasting impact. 
New Podcast Features ROI Researcher Todd McNutt, PhD
Advances in Radiation Oncology is showcasing Dr. McNutt's recent manuscript, "Machine Learning Methods Uncover Radiomorphologic Dose Patterns in Salivary Glands that Predict Xerostomia in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer" in their latest podcast. 
William Mendenhall, MD, FASTRO and Nancy Mendenhall, MD, FASTRO
Drs. Nancy and Bill Mendenhall are members of the ROI Founders' Circle to give back to radiation oncology so that the specialty can survive and thrive through vibrant research conducted by the next generation.
Making Giving Easy with Monthly Option
Help sustain radiation oncology research with a monthly gift to the ROI. 
Got 60 Minutes? Plan Your Estate
Creating an estate plan may be easier and less time-consuming than you think.
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Got 60 Minutes? Plan Your Estate

Have you put off creating your will because it seems too overwhelming? It may be easier and less time-consuming than you think. In just a one-hour meeting with an estate planning attorney—along with some preparation—you can be well on your way to having a legally sound will.

First, contact an estate planning attorney. These legal specialists are experts in will planning. They understand how your decisions affect your estate and can guide you toward a path that will best meet your goals.

From Start to Finish

Here’s how you and your attorney will progress from nothing to something in just one hour.

  • What Are Your Goals?

In the beginning, expect to answer a lot of questions regarding your goals for your estate. For example: How do you want to provide for minor children? Do you want to give back to the organizations that you have been meaningful to you during your lifetime, like the ROI?

  • Assets and Liabilities

Discussing your assets and liabilities, as well as how they are titled, will help your attorney determine whether your current situation aligns with your estate goals.

  • Additional Considerations

You’ll discuss guardianship for minor children, an executor for your estate, medical considerations and other important issues.

  • Next Steps

Assuming the meeting goes as planned, at this point your attorney should have a good feel for your estate and be ready to draft your will. Once a draft is complete and agreed upon, you’ll meet again to execute the will.*

Find the Right Estate Planning Attorney

Start by soliciting references from friends, relatives and co-workers. Talk to bankers, life insurance agents, accountants and financial planners. Your local bar association may have an online referral service. As you move forward, consider:

  • Experience and references
  • How fees are charged along with total cost estimate
  • Professional accomplishments
  • Percentage of work devoted to estate planning
  • Alliances with professionals in related fields

Make the Most of Your Time


To maximize your meeting, be prepared to discuss the following:
  • Background information (address, marital status, name of children, etc.)
  • Assets and liabilities
  • Guardians for minor children
  • Executor for your estate
  • Special considerations such as medical concerns or prenuptial agreements

*More complex estates or living trusts may require additional meetings and documentation.

The information in this publication is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income taxes include federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results.