When I am asked out in the real world what I do for a living, I often remark that I am a lawyer, “but not that kind of lawyer”. Of course I understand that attorneys have a bad reputation in general; in fact, I always keep a copy of Jess M. Brallier’s book entitled Lawyers and Other Reptiles displayed in plain sight in my office. After all, it is important to have a sense of humor!
Today, I met with a wonderful couple who left my office happy that they had finally taken the plunge and started creating their estate plan. We had a wonderful time in our meeting, and somehow discussing death and taxes for over an hour was completely effortless. Recently, another couple cheerfully left my office after the final review and signing of a prenuptial agreement.
I am a firm believer that legal matters don’t need to be unpleasant, and I consider myself extremely fortunate that I enjoy my profession and that I look forward to coming to work each day. My goal is never to create disputes, but rather to help my clients resolve their legal issues in the best way possible. Not all lawyers create problems – some of us actually seek to solve them!