When all of the advice and legal terms become
too much to handle, look on the lighter side!

boxshadow2 copyWhen people ask me what I do for a living I often say…”Oh, I’m an attorney with a law practice focused primarily on death and divorce…are we having fun yet?” But honestly, there is something to be said for keeping a sense of humor at a time when perhaps your whole world is falling apart and justifiably there are so many reasons not to.

Death and divorce have a lot in common. Each is a great loss – possibly the worst anyone will ever face. Sometimes sudden, sometimes a long drawn out but inevitable process. Always a huge unwelcome change. An opportunity to face a challenge head on, overcome the loss and gracefully move on with one’s life in spite of it, and of course, don’t forget the MONEY. With divorce the central question often is WHO GETS THE MONEY…and with death?…WHO GETS THE MONEY.

The other thing death and divorce have in common is that, in most cases, both will require the help of an attorney at some point. For many (lucky) people, it will be the first (and hopefully last) time they will ever need to see an attorney. On top of whichever event has shattered their existence (be it death or divorce) they now have to meet with and pay a blood sucking, cold, heartless lawyer (face it, we have less than a stellar reputation out there) an arguably obscene hourly rate to help see them through it. Definitely not for the faint of heart!

In any event, one thing is certain, death is unavoidable and statistically, divorce is not far behind! So forge ahead intrepid warriors…and where possible try and keep a sense of humor (often easier said than done).

The Lighter Side of…

Divorce

  • He taught me housekeeping…when I divorce, I keep the house. – Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • If you think you had trouble supporting a wife….try not supporting her. – Anonymous
  • It takes two to destroy a marriage – Margaret Trudeaux
  • My divorce came to me as a complete surprise. That’s what happens when you haven’t been home in 18 years – Lee Travino
  • You never really know a man until you have divorced him. – Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • Why do Jewish divorces cost so much? They’re worth it. – Henny Youngman
  • I never married but I tell people I’m divorced so they won’t think there’s something wrong with me. – Elayne Boosler

Estate Planning

When David found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a woman to enjoy it with. So one evening he went to a singles bar where he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away. “I may look like just an ordinary man, “ he said as he walked up to her, “but in just a few years, my father will die and I’ll inherit 20 million dollars.” Impressed the woman went home with him that evening and, a week later, she became his stepmother. Women are so much better at estate planning then men.

Top Ten Reasons for Having a Good Estate Plan in Place Before You Die:

10. It can save your heirs a boatload of money in probate fees.
9. It can save your heirs a boatload of time in the administration of your estate.
8. It can save your estate a boatload of money in death taxes.
7. If you go crazy, it can prevent a court ordered conservatorship (saving you a boatload of time and money).
6. If you die first and leave everything to your spouse, you can make sure he doesn’t leave it all to the new Mrs. Right.
5. Once you get it done, odds are you won’t die for a long time after.
4. It will stop your spouse from his/her incessant nagging about getting it done.
3. You can continue to control your money and loved ones from the grave!
2. Peace of mind.
1. You can finally let your kids know, once and for all, which one of them was your favorite!