A few months ago I needed a new car. Let me backtrack: a few years ago I needed a new car; a few months ago I urgently needed a new car when mine died on the way home to Pennsylvania. The harmonic balancer had already been replaced twice in four months and this incident indicated that the problem was actually a bent crank shaft, requiring a total engine rebuild. If you don’t follow all that (I didn’t the first time either), the gist is that the cost to fix the car became greater than the value of the car itself. Solution: new car.
I knew I’d needed one for awhile but kept putting it off – buying a new car meant hours and hours of online research, multiple trips to the dealership to test drive vehicles, endless time haggling over price and lots of paperwork – lots and lots and lots of paperwork with the bank, dealership and DMV, right? Well, no. Little did I know that by the end of the weekend I’d have the new car picked out and would be driving it home Wednesday afternoon.
On the way home I remember thinking, “I can’t believe I put this off for so long. It was so easy, I should have done this years ago!” It was a minute before I realized where I’d heard that before: many of my clients have expressed similar sentiment after having their estate documents drawn up. “Why did I wait so long?” “This was MUCH easier than I expected!” are not uncommon comments. As with many things, the expectation was much worse than the experience, which proved pretty enjoyable in the end.
If you’re considering a set of estate planning documents, don’t wait for an unforeseen event to force your hand. Take the small step now of calling for an appointment and start the process. By the end, I promise you’ll be glad you did.
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Disclaimer: This material is intended for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Responses to inquiries, whether by email, telephone, or other means, do not constitute legal advice, nor do they create or imply the existence of an attorney-client relationship.