Sunday, February 14, 2010

Where there's a will, there's a way

Yep, we've arrived. We're adults. Full blown adulthood. We have gone and done the ickiest, most mature and responsible thing ever. We've gone and drawn up a ((((w.i.l.l.)))


It was the weirdest thing because we went to the lawyers and she had asked for all of our information ahead of time, so we just had to go and sign it. So we thought. We were escorted back to this conference room that had a huge table (like, think, Last Supper or knights of the round table (except it was rectangular), or maybe like Donald Trump style. We were then each given a stack of papers to "look over" and sign here, here, annnnd here. I didn't think it would be such a big ol' deal. We weren't thinking we would be listening so emotionally, but we couldn't help it.

Imagine, sitting in this mammoth table, sitting facing your husband and hearing her read this...

"...a living will and a durable power of attorney for health care..."

"...executor is the person named in a will or appointed by a court to wind up the person's financial affairs after death....

" make any necessary health care decisions for you and to see that doctors and other health care providers give you the type of care you wish to receive..."

having fun yet???

"..if you become incapacitated..."

"...vegetative state...."

" support..."

" are unable to communicate your own wishes for care, either orally, in writing, or through gestures...."

"....If you want to donate your body, it's best to contact your chosen medical institution and make arrangements in advance..."

"if you should both die, who will be your children's guardians?"

Oh my gosh. It was a lot. even though my husband and I went in really prepared, there is nothing like hearing all of this coming from someone who does this for a living and was just reading the documents like she wasn't talking about me, my husband, or my girls.

Well, how's that for an uplifting blog entry???? Very happy happy joy joy huh?

In all honesty, we left there feeling really really good. We felt like, the girls, our money and our wishes were well protected.

Do y'all have wills? or think about it?????


everyday mom of one said...

We think about it and really need to do one but we can't decide who little one would go to if both of us went at the same time. I know its grim to think about but I have family in one country and hubby in another so its something we really need to think about.

Aubrey said...

My hubby and I SOO need to have one drawn up. I'm surprised we haven't yet being that I have worked for estate planning attorneys since '04. LOL

Good for you!

This really has to be on my to-do list for this year!

Rachel said...

dang responsibility. i usually only think about this when its raining cats and dogs and I am doing 80 on the freeway... Thanks for the reminder! :D

Jelly said...

Every couple of years!