Happy Holidays!!! Can you believe that we have come upon the last month of 2018?! Valentine’s, Memorial, Independence and Labor Days are behind us (and so is summer weather, especially for us Michiganders). We’ve put away our costumes and finished off the last of the Turkey, and now it’s time to put the finishing touch on 2018 by gathering together, with family and friends, during this end of year Holiday period. This time of year really can be a “most wonderful time of the year!”
2018 In Review
As I reflect over 2018 I am amazed as I consider that 2018 represents a major milestone for The TGQ Law Firm. For it was 10 years ago that I founded this firm – September 1, 2008. Going down memory lane brings back a litany of events, successes and failures, mountain peaks and valley experiences. I remember my first office in Downtown Ann Arbor, and my travels since then. I remember the economic crisis of 2008 (which happened just after I launched this firm), and eating peanut butter and jelly many nights as a result. I also remember pushing forward anyway, relentlessly determined to provide quality service in support of the clients that trusted me to assist them.
The Keystone Years
From clients to judges, referral partners to workshops and other speaking engagements, these first 10 years have been great to me! They have allowed me to meet some great people, help families across the country, provide jobs and internships for some, and ultimately enjoy my work while providing for my family. And we’re just getting started. These first 10 years have been called the “Keystone Years,” as they have laid a firm, cornerstone-type foundation upon which more of the above will occur, in a much greater way. I am enjoying now, while also eagerly anticipating this next phase!
While I certainly do this work to support my family, every time I am able to engage someone in conversation on this topic, I can immediately see the likely result of their failure to create a proper plan addressing their common potential for incapacity and ultimate death. I know how they, or their family, will feel if they don’t act before a crisis occurs because I’ve helped families in those situations as well. We have also learned a lot from many celebrities that have recently passed without having a proper plan in place. Without being “pushy” I “push” them to act so that they can tie down their loose ends now and avoid crises later. Once they’ve taken my advice and completed their plan, they always exert a sigh of relief, as they are grateful to know that their wishes will be implemented. That’s why I do this.
With that being said, understanding that the holiday season is upon us, we at TGQ Law have decided to devote our entire holiday newsletter
to identifying questions that have been posed to us on multiple occasions regarding how to approach an estate planning discussion with parents and family members, and what happens in an estate planning meeting. It is our hope that while families are gathering around the country some time will be devoted among the families to briefly discuss these matters so that everyone can ensure that proper planning has been, or will be imminently completed.
We hope you enjoy our holiday newsletter.
As always, if you have any questions, we are only a phone call away! Be on the lookout for future newsletters, event postings, videos, etc., coming in 2019!
God’s Grace and Peace to you and yours during this Holiday Season!