The George Patton Approach to Estate Planning: Three Reasons to Take Action NOW!

George Patton's advice: "A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week."

Being in the Estate Planning & Elder Law business, one of the difficult challenges we have is getting clients to take action. If there is no urgency to act, then there is no strong motivation to act. There is just a lot of time to "think about it". The downside is that while they are thinking about it, it may be costing their family money and grief. There are three reasons to take action now:

Reason #1: The Coronavirus

The recent virus pandemic demonstrates just how unpredictable life can be. It forces us to confront our own mortality. That's why it is so important to make sure that your documents are easily accessible and that your affairs are in order so that life is as easy as possible for you or your family.

Reason #2: Stop Procrastinating - The Hydra of Indecision

The greatest source of failing to plan is procrastination. 

We have talked with many families who really need to take action, but drag their feet when it comes to doing their planning. There are many reasons for their procrastination: fear of the unknown; lack of understanding; lack of trust in the attorney; lack of time to think; confusion and anxiety; and cash flow issues. Procrastination is like a multi-headed Hydra: once you cut off one reason not to act, it seems like two more grow back. The problem is that procrastination never solves the problem. The only way you defeat procrastination is to act in the face of it. The key question is, "If this planning works the way you want it to work, what is the benefit to you and your loved ones?" This type of question can help you to move through the procrastination sluggishness and get focused on the critical issue, which is the real motivating factor.

Reason #3: Someone else will make money off of your procrastination.

There is a whole industry in support of procrastination. There is often more money to be made off of people who procrastinate than those who plan ahead. For example, probate attorneys can make more in attorney's fees from helping a family probate an estate where the deceased died without a trust than if the deceased had a fully funded trust. In this example, procrastination works well for the probate attorney, but costs the family more than if they had an effective plan in place. These are some of the saddest stories we hear, full of estate planning what ifs. 

Simply put, Do It Now! We all want to stay in control of our lives as long as possible and for that we must plan. When it comes to planning for the future, the sad fact is that every year we fail to plan we lose options. Wait long enough and the only options left are those made for us out of desperation. Remember, timing is everything. In order to maintain control as long as possible and have an effect on your own quality of life decisions, you must choose to act now. Your decisions need to be made known and documented correctly. Remember, good planning is no accident.

I urge you to contact us now and set up an initial consultation. It's free and there's nothing to lose and everything to gain! Call (818) 292-8160 now or [email protected] or fill in the "Contact Us" box in the upper left column.

 

Be the first to comment!
Post a Comment