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Fair Oaks Estates Attorney Asks, “Are You Afraid of Seeing Your Shadow Like the Groundhog?”

February 2, 2011

In honor of Groundhog Day this week, I want to ask if you are also afraid to see your shadow just like Punxsutawney Phil?

And by this question I’m not necessarily referring to your physical shadow, but instead I’m talking about facing your mortality.

That’s because in my years of experience as a Fair Oaks estates attorney, I’ve found that the number one reason why people don’t do their estate plan—and hence run from their shadow, is because they can’t face their own death or the legal steps necessary to prepare for it!

Perhaps they feel overwhelmed at the thought of naming guardians to care for their minor kids if something happens. Maybe they just have no idea where to start in getting their finances in order and aren’t sure how to best protect the assets they’ve worked so hard for if incapacity occurs.

And so like the groundhog, they see the “shadow” of their own life and immediately run back to their place of hiding so they don’t have to deal with the situation any further.

But what I want to tell you today is that estate planning doesn’t have to be a scary process! Instead it can be easy, fun and extremely satisfying. There is no substitution for the peace of mind you’ll experience knowing that your family, assets and wishes will be protected no matter what life throws your way.

Not to mention, estate planning done right will save your loved ones from astronomical court costs, attorney’s fees and most importantly, it will allow them to mourn your loss without the burden of government red tape and financial confusion.

So, as we see all the news and excitement surrounding Punxsutawney Phil this year, take a long look at yourself and see if you are ready to make sure your family is taken care of no matter what. If your plans are sorely lacking, I invite you to give me, your neighborhood Fair Oaks estates attorney, a call at (916) 241-9661 to discuss your options.

Call The Chubb Law Firm today at (916) 241-9661 to review your goals and discuss your options.

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I was absolutely without a clue as to how to begin or what I should do to establish an estate plan. I did know that I wanted someone I could trust, that was honest and I would have confidence in. I was referred to Heather by my friend who was being legally advised by Heather on another estate. She was very satisfied with her work and thought I might be happy with her service. At our consultation appointment, her presentation was very thorough. I had lots of questions, and she was easy to talk to and was able to guide me to just the kind of estate plan I needed. That was 10 years ago. Due to circumstances in my life, I have had to make changes to my plan, and I always go back to her for her legal services and guidance. I have recommended Heather before.

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