Event planning is not just for professionals. You probably manage events in your everyday life. Getting your toddler out the door in the morning is a special event in and of itself. Like lawyers and event planners, others need to demonstrate certain traits and skills when making life choices and preparing for the future -- namely flexibility, organization, time management, foresight, and so on. Unfortunately, life can be full of surprises and people need to be prepared to manage these situations in the same thoughtful manner as someone responsible for the Olympics or the Boston Marathon. By identifying some of the more common life events and planning for the various possibilities in advance, people can more easily escape life's major and minor challenges unscathed. So let's discuss.
When anticipating future events, you should ask yourself:
- What events do you want to happen or avoid?
- What is the likelihood that an event will occur?
- When in life will an event possibly occur?
- How will this event impact my life for the better or worse?
- What events may affect your parents, children and other loved ones (as these affect you too)?
While you are pondering these questions, you may want to review my short, non-comprehensive list of common and/or high impact life events below and take some of these into consideration in planning for your future.
- Illness / chronic pain / depression
- Adolescence / puberty
- Divorce / separation
- Aging parent
- Accidents / injury
- Pregnancy / birth / adoption
- Empty nest
- Death (of loved one)
- Career change
- Home purchase
- Confrontation with authority
- Crime (perpetrator or victim)
- Environmental shifts
- Financial pressures
- Mid-life crisis
- Natural and man-made disasters
- Starting or selling a business
Events occur throughout life, and some events pack a greater punch than others. It may be beneficial to connect with a knowledgeable attorney before one or more of these life events occur because there is a myriad of legal documents available to help you prepare for and deal with such events.
The Law Office of Kathryn A. Kellett takes pride in drafting many of these documents (i.e., simple wills and trusts, health care proxy, durable power of attorney, etc.) for clients. It can be very rewarding when a client comes in with a concern about a potential life event and walks away with peace of mind.