By S. Eva Wolf
Tired of bossy blogs telling you to get an estate plan? Good advice is boring. Your life is exciting and should have a dramatic ending. And you can have it. All you have to do is nothing. So the next time someone tells you that you need an estate plan, tell them:
- Annie is your favorite musical. When your children misbehave you daydream about the day when they will be forced to live in a grubby orphanage and be abused by a cruel, alcoholic supervisor. And, when your children act like angels, you are comforted by the certainty that in time a billionaire will rescue them from the orphanage, and they will live happily ever after.
- You’ve slaved away at a job that you hate for decades to amass great wealth, and no lawyer is going to swindle you out of ten grand (or less) to protect it. If you spent that kind of money on something as practical as an estate plan, you might have to spend a little less on designer handbags or forego a mid-life crisis Maserati in favor of a mid-life crisis Corvette.
- Your favorite uncle is Sam. You’re thrilled that he could inherit your assets when you die and use them to fund a manned mission to Mars.
- Two words: Terri Schiavo. Your parents and spouse always hated each other, and being in a persistent vegetative state without an advance health care directive will give them an opportunity to work out their differences with the assistance of all three branches of government.
- It’s important that your children be wild and carefree. If they inherit your wealth when they turn 18 and blow it all on sports cars, parties, and rehab, you have done your job as a parent.
- You are obsessed with Law and Order. Death is your only chance to star in a courtroom drama (unless, of course, you end up in a coma first). You’re hoping your loved ones will fight over family heirlooms, your secret child will come forward, and a family feud will ensue, lasting hundreds of years – all because of you!