It's Christmas week, a time when over 2 billion people will celebrate the miracle of Christ's birth. It is a time of reflection on faith, family and our lives. It is a season that brings both joy and sadness. We have joy in the company of friends and family and sadness over those from whom we are separated by death, distance or division.
I reflect upon those people whom we serve. Our clients in estate and trust litigation generally have sadness over those whom they have lost and frustration over divisions. Beneficiaries and heirs of disputed estates and trusts may call us with a sense of hopelessness and cannot envision a good outcome. This is a sense that I always hope to dispel. In the words of Proverbs: "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Our knowledge, experience and perseverance come together to envision a process leading to a good outcome. While success can never be guaranteed, we can assure our clients that we will be diligent and we will use the knowledge and experience that we have gained in similar cases to benefit them.
As both human beings and lawyers, we have a set of core duties. It seems to me that one of our core duties is to alleviate human suffering. To the extent that I can help to do this as a lawyer, it is something that I embrace. Our obligations as lawyers also include the duty to protect our clients, enforce their rights and legitimate interests and to do so faithfully and with integrity.
Our clients deserve respect and dignity. Those who come to us already feel battered or humiliated. Our task is to help them and to minimize the negative effects of any protracted estate and trust battles. That said, we are engaged to protect and prevent harm to our clients, and we take the responsibility seriously.
In the spirit of Christmas, I hope that those facing estate and trust disputes may find ways to overcome division - even without lawyers. It can be done. When lawyers are necessary to resolve disputes and to protect imperiled interests, we are happy to help. Call us at 916-313-3030.