Sunday, August 26, 2012

Quote for the Week

Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own.

-Sydney J. Harris

Monday, August 20, 2012

Uncultured Swine

The last several months have been a whirlwind for me.  Early morning and late nights have meant very little "me" time, with my mind and body suffering for it.  I finally got a chance to catch my breath last night for about an hour while my wife and daughters were having a salon night at home working on their hair.

Flipping through the channels, I happened to catch the PBS replay of the Ernani opera at the Metropolitan Opera House.  Now, I've never been to an opera, but I'm not exactly a stranger to classical opera-style signing.  Having taken voice lessons from an opera vocal coach (never really followed through after the first semester), I know that it takes a lot of effort on top of talent to make it.

So, I briefly watched the opera, and listened to the actors perform their parts after years of training and months of rehearsal.

As they sang of love and murder plots, I marveled at their talent and kept coming back to the same thought.

"I have a structured settlement and I need cash now!"

I am so sorry.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Quote for the Week

To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.

George Washington

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Quote for the Week

Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.

Bill Cosby

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Take Your Time

I walk into the conference room and introduce myself to the pleasant older man seated there.  According to the client intake, he’s here to talk to me about a will.  He’s given me sufficient information, and I only have a few follow-up questions.

As I sit, I notice he has some documents with him.  Now, normally, a free initial consultation is not the appropriate time to review documents.  There usually isn't sufficient time in a 15-30 minute consultation to ask questions and review documents while giving a clear, concise and accurate read of a case.  These things can’t, and shouldn’t, be rushed.  In this case, however, since this is an appointment for the drafting of a will, I want to review what he has.  If it’s a prior will, that becomes the starting point for our work.

I review the documents and, somewhat puzzled, notice that they are not signed.  

“I notice that these documents are not signed.  Are these draft documents?”

“Oh yes, I’ve been meaning to bring them back.  These are the drafts you sent me to review.”

“Ok.  Let me pull your file.  I’ll be right back.”

As I walk back to my office, I’m thinking…  I don’t recognize the client, but then again, I don’t have the world’s best memory.  Normally, we draft the documents, send them to the client for review, make any necessary corrections, and then set up the will signing.  However, this was not set up as a will signing but as an initial consultation, so I'm curious.

I get to my desk, check the computer and note that, sure enough, we drafted the will and sent it to him for review.

Back in 2003.


I walk back to the conference room, and not even thinking, I ask, “So, have you had time to review it?”

Sunday, August 5, 2012