When we see our neighbor in his brand new high-end car, we may be a little envious. I know that I work really hard, and I have always driven used, economy cars. I find myself thinking that it is not fair. But things aren’t always like they seem.
I find the story of the two angels who were visiting earth very après pos. The story reads that two angels visited earth, and their first night came across a rich man’s family. The family was rude, did not share a meal, and made the angels sleep in the basement. But while in the basement, the elder angel patched a hole in the wall. The next night, the angels spent the night with a poor farmer’s family; they were most hospitable, shared what little food they had, and let them sleep in their beds. But in the morning, the farmer’s milk cow, their only source of income, lay dead.
On its face, this seems unfair. Why would the elder angel help the rich man but allow such a bad thing happen to the poor man? But things aren’t always like they seem.
It turns out, there was gold in the hole in the wall. The angel effectively hid it from the rich man. And the cow was sacrificed because Death had come for the farmer’s wife, but the angel gave the cow instead. Things aren’t always like they seem
In my neighbor’s case, the expensive car has wreaked havoc on their finances. This has caused a major rift in their marriage, and there is discussion about divorce. My envy is no more.
When planning your estate, things aren’t always as they seem. We want to plan for things, such as lawsuits and divorce, even though it may not appear, right now, that those are issues. We want to make sure that your wishes are carried out, regardless of what the reality of the situation is or becomes.
Our experienced estate planning attorneys will help you develop a plan that goes beyond what our perceptions are today. Call us today, so we can build your plan to handle things that are not always like they seem.
Contributed by MH Estate Planning Attorney, James P. Plitz.
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