It is the end of my 7th month of blogging. At the end of each month, I like to take a post to thank those who have been helpful, encouraging, professional, tolerant, etc. of my blogging and law practice activities. I’m truly lucky enough to have some outstanding people on my list this time around.
Maggie Green, Esq., Jamie Held, Esq., Jen Santini, Esq. & Jayne Sykora, Esq. – For the most part, blogging tends to be a solitary activity, especially amongst estate planning lawyers. However, these four ladies out of the Twin Cities in Minnesota buck this trend by combining their efforts on the professional, thorough, yet friendly epilawg.com, which was recently named one of Minnesota’s top 25 “blawgs”. Another innovation of theirs is in their “Bio” section, in which they wrote their own obituaries (their “epilogues”) – what a clever and approachable way to present themselves to anyone considering the difficult issues in our field. I wish to thank them because when I recently linked to them, they not only thanked me, but they invited me to collaborate with them as well – a wonderful compliment that I am never tired of accepting. Check out these cool and sharp women!
Shaun G. Jamison, Esq. – Speaking of Minnesotan charm, another attorney I have recently met online is Mr. Jamison, a modern-day renaissance man out of Bloomington, MN. Mr. Jamison is not only an estate planning attorney, but he is also a law professor, a strong advocate for online learning and volunteerism, as well as a tri-athlete. His online contributions are always open, helpful and generous, yet he is continually seeking others’ opinions. When I offered mine, he not only responded to my thoughts graciously, but he has continually referred to my work ever since. Thank you, sir!
Danielle G. Van Ess, Esq. – Ms. Van Ess, is a tireless and straight-shooting estate planning attorney out of Hingham, MA. I am not alone in thinking that her rapidly growing success and popularity is well-earned and something to watch. For me, she gives consistent support, honesty, as well as time that she probably doesn’t really have. It’s not easy for me to ask anyone for help, let alone thank them multiple times for repeated graciousness – I actually had the boorishness to ask Ms. Van Ess last month if she minded if I didn’t mention her in that Appreciation Post. So once again I am grateful, Ms. Van Ess, and a well-deserved and belated thank you for last month’s kindnesses as well!
John Tarley, Jr., Esq. – The fact that Mr. Tarley is a well-recognized attorney, litigator, mediator, and Judge Pro Tempore in our Commonwealth is merely a drop in the bucket of all he does and has accomplished – check this resume out. Earlier this month, I wrote a post on artificial insemination, and soon afterward saw it referenced as a “Top Story” on an online publication called “Tarley Robinson Virginia Law”. Figuring some mistake was made, I told others to read the site “even if I’m not in it”, as it is one of the top dailies regarding the cases, articles and events involving lawyers throughout our Commonwealth. Mr. Tarley immediately thanked me, and has honored me with two further references. I’m not sure how I got onto his radar screen, but I will do my best to remain on it – thank you, Mr. Tarley!
Andrea Zucker – Andrea, my wife, jokingly asked me today why I don’t write more about her in this blog, as we both know she enjoys her privacy. However, I think my main reason is because I think people would become bored reading daily posts about how incredibly lucky I am to have her. Usually, interesting reading must involve some kind of problem or conflict, and conclude with some sort of resolution. Do you really want to read about how it takes her several alarm clocks going off repeatedly to wake her up in the morning, how she hates the Yellow Pages, or how she has a World-Class eye-roll?
When you grow up, you have dreams, ideas, notions of what your eventual mate will be like – being married to my best friend these last 13+ years, with all her quirks and me having none of my own, has greatly exceeded anything that my imagination ever came up with. I love you, “h” – thank you!
Benjamin and Samantha Zucker – My two beautiful kids.
Syma Zucker – My mom (keep up your warm thoughts for her!).
Carl K. Zucker, Esq. (1934-2002).
- In Appreciation – January 2011 (estateplanninginfoblog.com)
- In Appreciation – December 2010 (estateplanninginfoblog.com)
- In Appreciation – November 2010 (estateplanninginfoblog.com)