A Mother’s Love
If a theme is to be found from my many interviews with clients over the years, it’s that parents love their children and will do anything for them. Over and over, when I work through the estate planning process with my clients, I find that the guiding principle motivating parents in their planning is the happiness and well being of their children. Parents will frequently state to me that they are willing to do anything for the success and happiness of their children.
This sentiment was proven again in a dramatic fashion recently. You’ve likely heard by now about the amazing story of the mother in Louisville, KY who protected her children from almost certain death when a tornado with 175 mph winds ripped their brand new brick home to shreds. If you’ve not seen the inspiring newsreport yet, it’s well worth watching.
I always try to remember that principle as I help my clients work on their estate planning. I’ve heard another estate planning attorney say once that “The planning that we do is not for ourselves. It’s for those that we love most who we will leave behind. It’s a lot easier for us to take care of things now, while we’re still here, than it is for our loved ones to have to take care of these things when we’re gone.”
I’ve often repeated that to my clients as a reminder that the work that I’m doing for them in many ways will not directly benefit them during their lives. Rather, the work we’re doing is about giving them peace of mind, knowing that things will be in order when they’re no longer able to manage things on their own.