Legal Quandary

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

A Gentle Rant

So, this note is for clients who come in with children in tow.

I'm not talking about those of you who bring in an older, well-behaved child to a quick 1/2 hour appointment. Or even those of you who bring along a baby in a carseat. Mostly this is directed to those who come in with between 1 and 4 children under the age of 5. To execute your will.

The way our base operates is that we set up two will appointments. One to draft the will, and one to execute it. Because of the sheer number of wills we do, the executions are only done one day a week in largish groups. We also ask people to come in 1/2 hour early to review their will and make any last minute changes or corrections. This means a will execution appointment can last anywhere up to 90 minutes. And they are B-O-R-I-N-G.

Look, I'm a parent too, so I totally understand that childcare is sometimes challenging to find. (This might be a good time to mention that there's hourly care available on base at reasonable rates! Just make an appointment!) Would you bring your child to, say, your OB/GYN appointment? Will execution is just as important and about as exciting.

Did I mention that there are lots of other people there reading their wills too? Wouldn't it be more courteous NOT to turn the waiting area into Romper Room? And wouldn't YOU be better able to focus on THE IMPORTANT LEGAL DOCUMENT you're about to sign if you didn't have Junior tugging at your sleeves?

As an added bonus, since my office is right next to the waiting area, I'd be able to get some work done.

Thanks for listening. Love,


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