Last week I attended the 2011 Martial Arts SuperShow in Las Vegas with my husband, who owns a martial arts academy – Infusion Mixed Martial Arts, LLC in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. This was my first MAIA event, and I was surprised at how very similar the overall messages were to those of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.
In celebration of MAIA’s ten-year anniversary, the theme of the event was about defining your legacy: “We leave an imprint on the people we meet and they tell a story about who we are and what we’ve done. So, our question to you this year is, ‘What legacy will you leave behind?’ It’s up to us to choose our own legacy – intentionally, with purpose and positivity.”
I learned that times are changing in the martial arts industry, as I already knew they were rapidly changing in the legal industry. It’s no longer only about obtaining the next belt, or signing a will or a living trust. It’s about making sure to demonstrate that you truly care for your clients by going above and beyond what is expected. You can earn a black belt quickly and cheaply from a martial arts studio that doesn’t truly care about you or your family, but in the end will you ever truly learn to defend yourself? Likewise, you can obtain a will or a “bare bones” living trust from an internet site or from a law firm that doesn’t take time to make sure your plan accomplishes all of your objectives, but in the end will you have preserved a lasting legacy for your loved ones?