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Women's Resource and Action Center
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486

Release: Immediate

Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate? Women and Money series continues May 21

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?" is a new workshop offered in the Women and Money series. The workshop, which will help families make important decisions about personal property transfers before a crisis or communication problem occurs, will be offered Thursday, May 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Hills Bank, 1009 2nd Street, Coralville (Highway 6).

"How families make decisions about the distribution of a family member's personal belongings in a time of crisis is an important issue because most of our belongings are not covered in our wills, and yet those personal items can be the memories most treasured by our loved ones," says Jan Garkey, family resource management specialist with Iowa State University and workshop leader.

Garkey says her program looks at six key factors that influence the transfer of non-titled property:
* Understanding the sensitivity of the issue
* Determining what you want to accomplish - your goals
* Defining what "fair" means in your family
* Identifying the meaning of special objects to transfer
* Recognizing distribution options and consequences
* Agreeing to manage conflicts if they arise

The workshop is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To do so, call the Johnson County Extension Service at (319) 337-2145.

Workshop sponsors are ISU Extension Service, the Iowa Women's Foundation, Focus Forward, Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, and Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa.