Summer vacation in Florida. A hot car on the highway, air conditioning cranked. Three generations are headed for the beach when an uncle (who doesn’t know better) remarks out loud that the beach toys were left at home.
Grandma: That’s okay; we’ll still have a great time at the beach.
3-year old: No. I want to go to the pool!
Grandma: But you love the beach.
3-year old: NO! I want to go to the pool!
Grandma: :: sighs ::
A moment passes. The gears turn in that tiny head, and then the defiant expression is replaced with a look of great pride.
3-year old, conclusively: We can’t go to the beach. We don’t have any beach toys!
That devilish 3-year old was my niece. And yes, this conversation actually happened, just last month. I thought it was genius on her part. Quite the connection of conditional requirements.
We ended up going to the beach anyway. With reckless abandon, despite a complete lack of beach toys. And you know what? Everyone had a wonderful time.
The whole encounter got me thinking: How many people put off estate planning because they don’t think they have what’s needed? Because they don’t meet their own conditional requirements? I’ve heard it over and over again:
“We don’t have much in terms of assets, so what’s the point?”
“I know it’s something I need to do, but I just don’t have the time to spend on that right now.”
And the ever-popular, “We’re not ready. We still need to figure out who will take care of the kids.”
That last one is a particular favorite because by naming no one, you’re naming anyone. Anyone at all. Basically, whoever comes forward the strongest is going to get the job.
Here’s the thing. It will never feel like the right time. Getting your planning done is one of those super important, but not necessarily urgent things. And it’ll never feel like you’ve met ALL the conditional requirements: enough money, enough time, enough information, enough decisions, enough answers.
I know that you know all this. And I know you’ll procrastinate anyway. Estate planning is scary. And it’s easy to put off. It’s tempting to ignore altogether. It has big consequences for you and your family, which adds a lot of pressure to make smart decisions. You feel you should wait until you’ve accumulated adequate knowledge and understanding to feel confident about what you’re doing. I get it. It feels weird to head to the beach without all the beach toys.
Let me assure you: much like our toy-less day at the beach, everything will work out. Your attorney can and should work with you from wherever you’re at, and that’s where you’ll start.
If you’re ready to start, CLICK HERE to get the ball rolling. You’re only a few clicks away from knowing you’ve got this handled, and your family will be protected no matter what, and no matter when. Then you can all relax and enjoy your afternoons together – at the beach, at the pool, whatever. Imagine. How good will that feel?