Professional Advice

Do you have an up-to-date will?  Did you get around to looking into the new tax laws during the year when you could have taken advantage of them?  Do you feel able to make lifestyle choices that reflect your families’ health history and your own risk factors?  Where do you go for personal, confidential guidance about your innermost thoughts and feelings?  Many important services the new neighbors will provide can help provide better answers to these and other questions than you might have today.

 What is Professional Advice?

Certain matters in our lives are of such importance – and so complex in nature – that we normally rely on highly educated, carefully certified professionals to guide the choices we must make.  The medical profession is perhaps the primary example.  Lawyers, financial planners, counselors, and spiritual advisers may all at some point touch our lives in important ways.  Yet most professional services are very expensive, out of reach for most consumers. 

 In the West, we sometimes have an image of people in the developing world as being poor, uneducated and uncivilized.  It’s relatively easy for us to see “them” as farmers or factory workers – even as data entry operators or remote guards, but it may test our imagination (and our prejudices) to envision “them” as our advisers on matters of significant importance.  And although literacy rates in the developing countries do trail those in the developed world, there are literally hundreds of millions of educated, hard working professionals “out there” who are or could soon be qualified to give advice on a par with their counterparts anywhere on earth.