As we know, today is April Fool’s Day. The first recorded April Fool’s Day was in 1392, and is found in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and in keeping with the tradition begun over 600 years ago here is a bit of humor: “What do you do with a sick chemist? Well, if you can’t helium, and you can’t curium, then you’re going to have to barium.” With that have you ever thought how life is a bit of a continuing April Fool’s Day? We have all likely heard the riddle that asks, “What must be carried, then crawls, walks on two legs and then on three?” The answer of course is a man, and the sentiments embodied in the riddle, will in some measure, apply to us all. We have all seen people who have never smoked a day in their life die of lung cancer while others who smoke like chimneys live to be over 90. Like John Denver said, “Life is a funny, funny riddle, thank God I’m a country boy!”This said, we can take some of the sting out of the jokes life often plays on us. We can do this by preparing today for what tomorrow might bring. I have mentioned in previous blogs incidents, but I cannot emphasize this enough. A few preventive measures taken today can save you from suffering heartache in the future. Some examples:
- Have you designated someone to act as your agent if you are disabled?
- Have your loved ones done the same?
- Have you planned for what you want to happen should you need long term care?
Do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just grab some forms off the Internet and be alright; this is simply not true! I was in court a week ago and an attorney was challenging my client’s use of a fill in the blank power of attorney for his disabled spouse; fortunately, I had anticipated the objection and was able to show that at the time in question my client’s wife had actively participated in the action and the power of attorney had not been required. If I had not been able to do so my client would have been sunk because the form he had used was insufficient to give him the authority to act for his wife that he thought it did. We seek professional help for any number of things in life; do not hesitate to do so with legal issues. Contact me if I can help. If you don’t the joke may be on you!