It has been some time since I provided an updated Blog post. Why is that? I went so far as to schedule a time every two weeks on my calendar to set aside just so I can write this and provide just a little bit of information on our website and on our facebook page about whatever legal issue is making its way through my head on any particular day. So why is it so hard to just get it down on paper? Well, there is always something that comes up. There is something more important. You see, sometimes “life” just gets in the way. I have letters to write to clients, files to close, motions to draft or re-draft, lawsuits to file or respond to, legal research to conduct, emails to reply to, phone messages to get back to, and now that football season is here, a fantasy team to manage!
What about family time? Having a 5, 4, and 2 year old at home means not having a lot of time that isn’t already put to use, what with t-ball, daycare, dance, bike rides, trips to the park, doctor appointments, trips to the dentist, and now we have our oldest in Kindergarten, which means parents meetings, volunteering at school, fundraisers, homework, school projects and trying to keep track of that backpack of his! You have to make some time to have some fun, too right? There are camping trips, fishing on the river, hunting season to prepare for, family get-togethers, Packer parties, cub scouts, and volunteer activities with the Team Ready Foundation, Knights of Columbus, The Samoset Camps Alumni Association and other various charity outings. See? There is always something…
Sometimes, however, you just need to set everything aside and just do what you need to do…like writing this post, I just had to sit down and do it. So what’s the point of all this? I have been reminded recently (again) of what is really important in life. There is a business acquaintance that recently suffered a stroke. The family friend who recently lost a young child in a car accident. The co-worker of my wife’s who has serious cancer. My uncle we lost to a stoke coming up on two years ago and my other uncle who continues his battle with cancer.
The point of this all is the realization of just how fragile our lives are and how important it is to be prepared. Everyone has work and family obligations that make up their “life”, but how many are prepared with a solid estate plan? How many have a healthcare directive or power of attorney on file with their doctor? What would happen if you were unable to communicate or were incapacitated? Would your doctor or loved ones know what your wishes were? Who would handle your finances if you were unable to? If you were no longer here to care for your kids, who would? Would you rather the government decide? If you haven’t done so already, set the time aside to establish a complete plan. I can help…then I am going to clean the garage…someday.