“It is precisely because we resist the darkness in ourselves that we miss the depths of the loveliness, beauty, brilliance, creativity, and joy that lie at our core.” ― Thomas Moore
April is usually a sign that spring is here. A time of emergence and growth. Yet we find ourselves confined in our homes. Unable to see the ones we love. Separated by something we cannot see. Something we cannot touch. Feeling numb, hidden, unseen.
April also symbolizes the process of coming into view. Becoming. What was hidden is exposed after being concealed. The process of coming into being. April provides the gust that spring needs to bloom and flourish.
Perhaps what we are living through, the stillness, is giving us the opportunity to sit, listen, and see. Listen to what our soul has been trying to tell us. Look and see the things that we have buried behind the busyness of life. It is a time for us to look at the things in our life that we have been putting on hold.
Whatever you do, don’t assume all is lost. We have heard many times that it is never too early to plan for your future. However, the sooner you can have an estate plan in place, the better it is for you and your family. If there is one thing that we have learned from the Corona Virus is that nothing is certain. It may never be too early to plan, but it can be too late.
If you do not have ANY estate plan at all before something happens to you, whether that be a serious illness or death, your family will end up in court and the court will choose the people that will handle tying up all the loose ends. How your estate gets distributed will be based upon the general laws in effect. Depending on your family structure, it may or may not be what you would have chosen for your loved ones. If you only have a Last Will and Testament and (not a Trust), your estate will also wind its’ way through the court system.
Going to court is expensive and the money pair for court and lawyers comes straight out of the pockets of those loved ones left behind. And of course, the time and energy it takes for your loved ones to deal with the court process, may be way more stress than they can manage at a delicate time. Only an estate plan with a trust will keep your loved ones out of court, confusion, and conflict.
During this pandemic, we want to make sure you and your family are taken care of. We have gone to virtual meetings to ensure you still have access to our services whenever you need them. We want to help you make informed and empowered decisions and feel protected in times of need. It is all about making sure your plan works for you and the people you love.
At Cris Carter Law, we have gone virtual to protect you and your loved ones. Just like the promise of growth and bounty that comes after planting seeds in the spring, planning your legacy now, promises protection for your loved ones when you are gone.
It isn’t comfortable or easy to talk about the necessity of planning. Yet what planning has to offer your loved ones is far deeper and greater than any discomfort.
At Cris Carter Law, we are here for you. We want to know you. We want to know what matters to you. Together we spend time and focus on what is most important to you and your family. We will guide you as we create the estate plan that aligns with your objectives and will be there for your family when they need it the most. Call us today to set up your virtual appointment.
Our hope is that you will look for the light in the darkness. The light that will teach us a new way to care. A new way to laugh. A new way to love. A new way to live. The darkness prepares us for what is to come. Together, we hope for a new tomorrow.
“During the dark night, there is no choice but to surrender control, give in to unknowing, and stop and listen to whatever signals of wisdom might come along. It’s a time of enforced retreat and perhaps unwilling withdrawal. The dark night is more than a learning experience; it’s a profound initiation into a realm that nothing in the culture, so preoccupied with external concerns and material success, prepares you for.” ― Thomas Moore
This article is a service of Cris Carter Law, the attorney with a heart. We don’t just draft documents; we guide you to make informed and empowered decisions about life and death, for yourself and the people you love so that your estate plan works when it needs to. Call today and schedule a Family Wealth Planning Session.