“Thought for the Day” #953 – by Stephen R. Elville, J.D., LL.M.

April 21, 2017

Asked about estate planning, the vast majority of Americans respond that their number one estate planning goal is to avoid probate.  While this is a valid and reasonable  answer, is it a sad commentary?  To plan with purpose, to leave a lasting legacy, to pass along my values and ideals, to protect the ones I love, to provide security and certainty, to facilitate the smooth management of my affairs in the event of my incapacity or death – these represent a few nobler aims that transcend the mere avoidance of an administrative process as one’s major aspiration in planning – something worth considering for two or three minutes.  You will likely be able to add several thoughts and ideas to this list.