By Mary Roberts
The most stressful times in our lives are those when we are sick or a loved one is seriously ill or they pass away. The first thoughts are: Who can I call? Where can I turn for help? This is the time when anyone who is prepared will know how blessed they are to have gotten their affairs in order and have the security of knowing someone who can and will assist them in this time of need.
Elder law attorneys are like doctors. We need someone that is not a stranger but has talked to us and counseled with us to prepare for this time in our life. It makes the hard times more stressful when we suddenly realize that the time has come when the services are needed and we are not sure where to turn for help and worst of all we realize nothing has been done to prepare. When we have an attorney we have spoken to, who understands our financial situation and who has prepared, with us and for us, we can calmly face the tasks at hand.
The words of Thom Cooper to every client are: When something happens with your loved ones, call our office. We will be there to help you. It is comforting to know who to call and have that card in your purse or billfold. There is a sense of peace in knowing that someone cares and wants to help when we are suddenly traumatized by the loss or sudden illness of someone we care for so deeply.
Peace and comfort in the hard times is what we all strive for. If you haven’t planned for this time in your life, it is my hope that this writing will inspire you to do so. Remember, we make the best decisions when we are well and thinking clearly.