We're nearing the end of the year and many thoughts come to mind of "all that has been." The press of year end business coupled with the magnificence of the Christmas season make December a very busy month. Whatever the press of business or the season's needs the most important part of our lives should not be forgotten. It is this sense of gratitude that we share.
We're grateful for our families, our faith and our country. We're grateful for a system of justice that allows us to represent real people with real problems that need resolution in a civilized way. We're grateful for our clients who allow us to do that which we love - represent them in resolving problems. We're grateful to judges, juries and mediators who help resolve disputes in a fair and expeditious manner.
At Hackard Law we're grateful for our team - our attorneys and staff that serve our clients, our profession and our system of justice. We're grateful for 2017 and the presence of our loved ones throughout the year.
While grateful we're also hopeful for 2018 and what "is to come." Our own families are growing and our work family at Hackard Law is expanding. I'm grateful that my book - The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse - is having a terrific reception. I hope that the book helps add a spotlight to the very real problem of elder financial abuse.
I hope that our commitment to excellence in serving our clients and our profession will grow even more in 2018. There is no shortage of important issues that need to be resolved for families involved in estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation. Lastly I hope that for us, our friends and our adversaries that we never forget the dignity of each human being. In this hope for human dignity the words of Alexander Pope resonate:
Teach me to feel another's woe,
To hide the fault I see;
That mercy I to others show,
That mercy show to me."
May we all share this season of gratitude and hope and may our 2018 be a year that we do indeed show mercy to others and in return be given mercy in the same measure.
Thank you to all who made 2017 a year to be thankful for.