Limos, poisoned apples, and soccer balls

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“The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless gift unless you share it.”
– Esther Williams

Hi Collin County Parents,

Have you ever had one of those weekends where you were glad when Monday finally came, so you could go to work and relax?  That’s how last weekend was for me.

It kinda felt like I was juggling chainsaws with my hair on fire.  But it was all for the kids, honest!

You see, my oldest and youngest daughters were in a production of Snow White, and in addition to having to have rehearsal’s all week long, they performed the play FOUR times this weekend.  On top of that, my other daughter had a soccer game and a birthday party to attend (that involved a limo ride for the girls at the party). AND she had a school project (creating a game involving a “simple machine”) that we had to finish.  AND Wendy and I were scheduled to volunteer at church this weekend.  Phew!  I don’t think I was ever so glad to see Monday!

I mentioned my weekend to a friend whose youngest child just graduated from high school last year.  She told me how she missed those days and reminded me to enjoy the kiddos while they are young.  Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the running around that we miss that we are enjoying the time with the kids.  I’m doing my best not to forget to do that before it is too late.

While we are talking about what is really important, let’s really be straight, today.

There are only a few things that *really* last in life, and money isn’t one of them.

Yes, this is a cliché, true.  But step back for a moment and consider those things which you spend the MOST amount of time agonizing over, fretting about, etc. Probably not the things most precious, right?

So, in this week’s Personal Strategy Note, I’m going to talk about this a little, and how you can preserve the most important parts of who we really are.

Aaron Miller’s
“Straight Talk” Personal Strategy
Priceless Conversations – Protecting More Than Just Money

Too many times lawyers just focus on the financials, and neglect to help families identify, articulate and pass along their dreams, passions and hopes for their children and loved ones.

Yes, some families take the bull by the horns, and do this themselves, but it makes really good sense to get outside help in making absolutely sure that every base has been touched.

Specifically, your children and your loved ones should be able to have resources and tangible memories which help them answer these kinds of questions:

–    What dreams did they have for me?
–    How have they seen the world change around them, and how do they feel about it?
–    What kind of family were they hoping to create?
–    Were there any mistakes made which they’d like to see me avoid?
–    What activities were they most glad to have participated in?
–    How did they make decisions about what to do as a family?

There are more questions like this, of course, that you could cover…but the main point I want to make with you is this:

You just never know when these questions will be asked.

And, I hope, you put in place the right tools to make sure you’ve got the answers.

To your family’s wealth, health, and happiness!

Aaron Miller

Miller Law Firm, PLLC
Your Life is Our Life’s Work
101 E. Park Blvd., Suite 600
Plano, Texas 75074
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Miller Law Office

The Miller Law Office is here to help you build and protect your legacy. Rather than having a traditional estate planning practice, which is focused on transactions (such as the drawing up of wills and other documents), we have a more relational focus – having on-going contact with clients over the long-term, helping clients to protect themselves and their families.