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Legacy Building Includes Organ Donation – Let’s Prepare for the Unexpected!


Community Health Coalition believes everyone should prepare for the unexpected, not only for their own benefit, but for the benefit of loved ones, in other words LEGACY BUILDING. As we all know, life is unpredictable and bad things can happen to us at any age. Having our legal, financial and final arrangement wishes in order gives us peace of mind and will help our families in critical and stressful times.

We are aware that when it comes to our own death planning, most of us prefer to be an ostrich and stick our heads in the sand.  Those with a serious illness, caretakers of the infirm and/or elderly, young people with children, individuals with no relatives and those planning on travel or deployment should get your house in order.  This includes being an ORGAN DONOR!

We plan for college, marriage, a baby and retirement…but we don’t prepare for the unexpected.

Let’s change that!

Good LEGACY BUILDING is simply making sure that the financial assets that are most important to you and your family – no matter how much or how little — go to the intended recipients as quickly, cheaply, and easily as possible. Also, that you have a directive related to Organ and Tissue Donation.

  • How old must a child be to get money at a parent’s death?
  • Can you provide me with a list of “end of life” questions to address with my family?
  • Can Medicaid take my property when I pass away?
  • Is it necessary to legally transfer ownership of a car after the owner dies?
  • Can we get the life insurance to pay up anyway?
  • Is a separated wife still responsible for funeral?
  • What must house deeds say to prevent probate after the death of a spouse?
  • Can my aunt take all my dad’s stuff?
  • Where can I get free legal help with estate planning?
  • Do I still have financial power of attorney after the death of my mother?
  • What are the West Virginia burial requirements for burying someone on my own?
  • In North Carolina, what happens if a spouse dies without will?
  • How do we preserve my deceased father’s estate when my mother remarries?

For more information on LEGACY BUILDING or to receive a toolkit contact Community Health Coalition at, or 919-470-8680.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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