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October 10, 2018 Office News

The recent headlines of accident and tragedy speak a sober truth. Death happens often when we least expect it. The tree collapses on the car, the limo ride goes awry, the pedestrian gets hit by the text-impaired driver.

We don’t know when we’re going to go. A lesson personally learned from bitter personal experience. My sister fell off her bike at 10, went to sleep-never woke up. My sister Connie was the star of the family; I had to tell my parents the plane her husband was piloting crashed, JFK Jr style (3 in a small plane) and all were lost. She was 24.

Yes my parents lived their full length of years, but both went very quickly. Thank God arrangements were made so that chaos was avoided.

It’s these experiences that give rise to our constant message and theme in these blogs. DON’T WAIT – Make that will now – make plans if a nursing home could be in your future. It hurts to see the regret in people who didn’t take this advice. But it doesn’t have to be.

October 9, 2018 Office News

Looking forward to special seminar on All Things Probate on November 6, 2018. It’s part of the credo of this office. We seek excellence in performance by staying one step ahead and by resolving that no one will outwork us. Our clients receive the benefit of that – plus we DON’t CHARGE FOR PHONE CALLS AND EMAILS; we don’t churn accounts, run up bills. We Want to hear from the client and keep communication open. Too many have told us about how they’ve been afraid to call the lawyer because it will cost them so much money just for a phone call.

There’s NOTHING to lose by a free consultation and EVERYTHING to gain. If work is necessary, it’s mapped out in a tailor-made attorney-client agreement made specifically for you. TAKE THE TIME TO INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE. We’re not selling anything; to us law is a calling, not a business. Seek the office that tries to be a light in a dark place.

October 5, 2018 Office News

Relationships can be a very volatile thing. Whether it’s the mother of the baby you fathered that agreed to a deal and then acts out almost immediately to try to change it; or the heir who wants to control everything and makes court action necessary because of it; to the trustee who has resentments against a beneficiary so there’s no distribution so lawyers have to be involved churning up bills that reduce the amount disbursed.

Forty-one years as an attorney has convinced me that an office policy of grace and truth is the only defense. It allows you to swallow the grief, make sense of it, get the client to hopefully see that and plan action steps to resolve the problem. That, in a nutshell, is what this office does – truth is our defense, graciousness our weapon to deal with the ugliness of modern life.

October 4, 2018 Office News

Now a case illustration to prove the point of the 2 previous blog posts. A person in California calls asking about a trust created before 2000, and who’s father was around then to get a copy of the trust, but didn’t. NOW father can’t be found, granddaughter has no legal right to get a copy AND the person who the trust was for has used up all that was in the trust to pay for assisted living. Could something have been done if things happened timely? Never will know.

The scariest one is very personal. A friend I gave a ride to work says “Carol, remind me I’ve got to get Alex to draft a will.” This he says as he’s walking out the door Friday. Two days later this Carol called to say, “My husband is dead. He went while being medivacked to the hospital.” Any chance now of protecting his assets, setting up something Too late! DON’T LET THAT BE YOUR LEGACY.