Most of us work our entire lives providing for our families ­— food, shelter, values, tradition and, if we are lucky, possibly a family business or farm. While we hope we will be able to pass that heritage on, those very things we treasure — that family business or that land that has been in the family for generations — might not be guaranteed for the next generation unless we do things now to preserve it.

Planning for the future is vital and families must take steps to ensure precious assets for the next generation. Learning about the estate planning process and taking steps now can help keep those hard-earned assets with the families who worked so hard to attain and develop them.

K-State Research and Extension will offer “Preserving the Family with Estate Planning” to aid families in beginning the process of transitioning from one generation to another. These workshops will be in two locations: Feb. 22 at the Phillips County Fair Building in Phillipsburg, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.; and Feb. 26 at the Great Bend Recreation Center- Burnside Room in Great Bend, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

A meal and materials are included in the $20 registration fee, and family members can attend for an additional $15 each if registered together at the same time. The registration deadline is Feb. 15. Meals and materials cannot be guaranteed for late or walk-in registrations.

To see a complete brochure and to register, visit www.northwest.ksu.edu and view Events.

If you would like more information or a brochure sent to you, contact the Phillips-Rooks Extension District’s Phillipsburg office at (785) 543-6845 or the Cottonwood Extension District offices in Hays, (785) 628-9430, or Great Bend, (620) 793-1910.