I think that everyone needs a friend who is a lawyer. Maybe you don’t talk to this person on a regular basis or they come over on Tuesday nights to play poker. A lawyer friend is just a nice asset – I’ve used my lawyer friend in Northfield on a couple of occasions – mostly when I’m writing fiction. My lawyer friend – I’ll be honest, I call him Brother Carl, because when we got to know each other, he was like a big brother to me – is used to my odd questions like “OK, Carl, if you were in court and a defendant did this, what would happen?” (BTW – Carl mostly handles family law … but he’s paid his dues and knows the court system in general.)
Well, BC is holding a wills, estates, health care directives, etc., seminar in the next couple months and hubby and I are thinking about attending. The catch? It’s going to be $50 per couple and I’ve shot BC an email to determine what we’ll get out of this seminar. Is it just the discussion of such issues or will we actually get to put pen to paper and draft something? Hubby helpfully pointed out that if we need information on wills, estates, etc., we can just find that online. But I’m hopeful that the seminar will be something more …
I don’t know – this whole conversation with my husband just reinforces how much I don’t know about wills. I just went on vacation – say that something would have happened while I was gone and I was headed to that happy hunting ground in the sky … the night before I left, I verbally gave a couple of directives to Hubby – my cousin Trix was to get my favorite quilt because it belonged to our grandparents, Deb got first dibs on my CDs, books and mementos to the Urban Family … but that so obviously does not hold water? And even if I would have put it in writing? What’s the validity of that?
So I’ll let you know what BC says. But I leave you with these questions, because my head has rumbling thoughts … how much of wills, directives, etc., can a person do on their own? Also, what kind of professional people/relationships should a person have in their lives? Should a person have a professional relationship with a lawyer? Should a person have a professional relationship with a financial planner? How much can a person do on their own? How much SHOULD a person do on their own?
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