Goodbye forever, 2020.

In Watercooler by Long

The Duong Family 2020

What. A. Year.

I’ve had some time to reflect on this past year and wanted to share.

2020 has been TOUGH. In our practice, we spend lots of time talking to the bereaved and even though client after client is suffering, it’s our privilege to hold their hands as they enter the legal hurdles ahead of them. Probate is a transitional experience. When done, that door can be closed and help our clients heal further.

But this year felt different – holding my breath during initial consultations as I ask how their loved one passed away. There isn’t one particular cause of death that is more moving than the next with two glaring exceptions: Suicide and COVID-19.

This sobering news reminds me of the fragility of life and the importance of estate planning and efficient administration. We strive to be exceptional stewards of each and every estate. No one case is more important than the next, no matter what the value of the legacy being transferred.

We’ve had a handful of cases involving suicide and COVID-19 this year and I’m hoping with bated breath that we don’t see any more but I’m aware that this is wishful thinking.

To those of you who have lost a loved one, hold fast those memories. It isn’t less painful but it gets easier. Please allow people to help you professionally and personally.

To those of you struggling inside, please open yourself to help. The impact of our lives is sometimes not fully appreciated until it’s too late.

We wish you joy and solace this holiday season and a more hopeful 2021.