Just like you never know when the game of baseball will end, you never know when the game of life will end. Using the baseball analogy, often I talk to or hear about individuals who seem to already have two strikes against them when it comes to estate planning. They say things like “I have plenty of time; nothing is going to happen to me anytime soon. I know I need to make a plan and I intend to get around to it someday”. That’s strike one, since the swift transitions of life can be like a curve ball. Then they go on to say “Anyway, if something did happen to me, my heirs would fi gure things out. I’ll be gone so I don’t have to worry about it”! That’s strike two. Sometimes life is kind and a person gets the opportunity to come through with a game winning hit by getting their affairs in order.
We never know what life is going to throw at us, and if someone already has two strikes against them, hopefully they are able to handle that 95 mph fast ball, or that nasty wicked curve ball, or the big slow (deceiving) change up because there is nothing worse than being called “OUT” (caught looking), especially when the bases are loaded. I am happy to fi eld questions about estate planning and to advise (coach) people on how to hit the estate planning home run.
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