We Baby Boomers, at our best, are a mix of pragmatic experience and theory. This year marks the first in which we are no longer America's largest generation - now we are numerically outplaced by Millennials. That said, they don't have our experience - for after all we're as young as 52 and as old as 70. Millennials, make up a mix of our children and grandchildren. They range from a youthful 19 to the earliest parts of middle age at 35.
Wisdom has long held that some things are fine in theory but do not work in practice. I've seen this in my own profession, lawyers who did well in school but do not know how to act when asked to apply the theory to practice. Baby Boomers' years of experience have not been without learning - among our lessons - some theories that we adamantly professed in our adolescence and early adulthood didn't work out so well in practice.
So now what do we take from this? We can admire the energy of youth without suspending the judgment we've earned from years of practice. This is not to say that Baby Boomers are confined to an intellectual rigidity tied to yesterday's ideas. This is not the case at all - we now best serve when we take the theories important in our lives and apply pragmatic learning to them. That's what makes for professional excellence.
In our professional field of estate, trust and probate litigation, we begin with essentials - our main task is to protect our clients against wrongdoers and to prevent any further harm. Now as a practical matter, some old sayings apply -
"Don't step over a dollar to pick up a dime." In this vein, I've seen both rookie and even experienced lawyers spend inordinate amounts of their client's money to fight over matters that should be resolved easily. The lesson - legal theory should be balanced by a cost-benefits analysis. In the medical field, the equivalent is the sometimes tongue-in-cheek saying that "The operation was a success, but the patient died."
If you're facing challenges relating to a family member's estate or trust and you prefer to have lawyers with a mix of pragmatic experience and theory, call us at Hackard Law: 916 313-3030.