The Arkansas Educational Television Network Foundation is joining other Arkansas organizations in a public awareness campaign highlighting National Estate Planning Awareness Week, Monday through Sunday, Oct. 15-21.

AETN Foundation will provide residents with free estate planning booklets. The booklet will allow the user to start organizing their financial assets and thinking through their personal goals. Any person who would like to receive this free booklet may contact Karen Cooper at 800-662-2386 or

“Estate planning is one of the most overlooked areas of personal financial management,” according to a news release. “It has been estimated that more than 120 million Americans do not have proper estate plans to protect themselves or their families in the event of sickness, accidents or untimely death. This circumstance can cause many families to have unnecessary expenses and financial hardship. Proper planning can help to avoid these unintended consequences.”

“Public television has long served as an advocate for financial literacy,” AETN and AETN Foundation Executive Director Courtney Pledger said. “Estate planning is a critical component of the financial health of most adults.”

“In 2008, Congress passed a resolution proclaiming the third week in October as National Estate Planning Awareness Week. The AETN Foundation exists to raise the funds necessary to support AETN’s mission of enhancing lives through trusted public television programs and educational services. The Foundation provides Arkansans opportunities to connect with the only statewide public media outlet by becoming a financial donor, corporate or foundation partner, volunteer, or by other means of giving. The AETN Foundation builds relationships between AETN, donors and viewers and is committed to being a transparent and accountable steward of private financial support,” according to the release.