Tonight I want to share with you thoughts from a recent community education workshop that was put on collaboratively between Growing Hope Foundation and Miller Legal. The overall theme of the workshop was estate planning. In the workshop, participants learned how Growing Hope can prove to be a valuable tool to land owners who are trying to figure out how to incorporate into their estate plan a long-range plan for care of their land. This is our passion. This is why our mission statement is “Preserving a land legacy while growing hope for the future.” It is always a pleasure to share our mission with others.
But, there was another message that was made that night which was, in my opinion, equally as powerful and thought-provoking. That message came from Scott Miller, of Miller Legal. He told the participants about how oftentimes when lawyers are drafting estate plans, wills or trusts for people, they provide their clients with three “templates” of sorts, giving the clients the opportunity to decide which of the three “templates” most closely reflects their hopes for the future of their estate. Scott then went on to suggest that such an approach, which may be helpful for some who have fairly straightforward objectives they are striving to achieve with their estate plan, this may not be the approach that works best in every situation. He suggested that an alternative to offering three “templates” is to actually sit down with folks and ask them to paint a picture of what their hopes are for the future of their estate and then he crafts a custom-made plan around those hopes.
Every individual is unique, and with each unique individual comes unique hopes of all kinds. Scott’s forte lies in helping people flush out those hopes and making it possible for them to become reality.
Scott talked about the fact that many people do not want to face the subject of estate planning because through that conversation they also have to face the subject of their own mortality. But, the beauty of proper estate planning is that it ensures that a life that was lived well, ends well. And, isn’t that a worthwhile endeavor? It is all about being deliberate.
In whatever stage of life you find yourself, I want to encourage you to be deliberate in discovering your hopes, for today, for tomorrow, for the future you can’t yet see.
Blessings to you, my friends!