In Appreciation – First Year

August 3, 2011
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Two Slurpees in a car cupholder. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is the end of my 12th month of blogging.  At the end of each month, I usually like to take a post to thank those who have given me great support, thought-provoking ideas, ego boosts, wonderful advice, etc.

However, since today also marks the end of my first year of blogging, I figure it’s appropriate to thank and re-thank those who, in just one year, have helped me take this nothing blog and law practice and turn it into a nothing blog and law practice that gets a few visits every now and then.

To Old Friends, New Friends, and Valuable Resources

The following folks have given me continuously extraordinary help throughout the past year.  Without them, I would not know nearly as much or have received the same opportunities that I was lucky enough to obtain during this time.  Some have been like family to me for many years.  Others I have just met in the past year.  All are successful due to their professionalism, knowledge and enthusiasm.  Thanks to all of the following:

  • Laura Brodsky
  • Dan Forrest, Esq.
  • Julie Garber, Esq.
  • Grant Griffiths
  • Kristin Loiacano
  • Jason Miller, Esq.
  • Christine Prucker
  • Hani Sarji, Esq.
  • Murray Soss, M.D.
  • Eric Teng
  • Gyi Tsakalakis
  • Roger Wohlner, CFP
  • Strafford Publications
  • WealthCounsel

To My Two Sisters

I also want to give special thanks to my two sisters.  They both are wiser, tougher, more passionate, and more courageous than their little brother.  Their honesty, interest, oversight and advice indicates an unconditional love and caring which I’m never quite sure how or if I can ever repay:

  • Wendy Glavin
  • Karyn Greco



To My Parents and My Children

I perhaps do not have the ability to exchange estate planning ideas directly with my parents and my young children, but I truly think about and still learn from all four every single day.  Thank you so much to:

  • Benjamin Zucker
  • Carl K. Zucker, Esq. (1934-2002)
  • Samantha Zucker
  • Syma Zucker




To My Wife

My wife and I just celebrated our wedding anniversary yesterday, so I figure I should give her some emphasis here as well.  I will show my appreciation by sharing some actual messages I have received from her during the last twelve months, broken down by topic:

Weather Alerts

  • “This weather alert specifically mentions [our neighborhood].  Be careful!”
  • Later, after I replied that I was well aware of the storm: 
    • “Yeah, but were you being careful before I sent the email asking you to be careful?”

Blog Post Proofreading

  • “I like it!  It was interesting and engaging.”
  • “I liked it a lot.  I transferred it into Word so you could see my suggestions.”
  • “All I can say is ‘wow’!”
  • “I have no idea what you are talking about.”
  • “OMG, you are so not right in the head!”

A Testimonial

  • “Mr. Zucker takes time to explain things so that it is easy to understand.  He answered all my questions and is very professional.  I recommend him very highly.  Can I go back to sleep now?”

Finding Deals

  • “FYI:  Pay Just $49 for a Legal Will from [] – a $99 Value!  Maybe we should update our wills!” – service provider’s name purposely withheld by author.

Informing Friends about Autumn Weekends

  • “As for weekends, our only plans revolve around when the Eagles play (use that info to plan whether you want Scott to attend or not attend).”

Travel Updates

  • “I will email you when I land.  Hugs and kisses to you, kids and dogs (only a hug for the turtle since she could potentially carry salmonella, although I’m fairly certain she would prefer a nod).”

Warnings and Reminders

  • “Check out this article. Possible post?”
  • “On the radio this morning I heard about a new virus that takes over computers to distribute spam and they’re using WordPress.  Make sure your virus software is updated and that you’re running it.”
  • “Here are three pictures I made for the blog.”
  • “Don’t forget your dentist appointment is tomorrow.”
  • “Do you want me to send flowers or do you want to do it?”
  • “Today 7-11 is giving away free Slurpees!”


  • “The life of an ‘Estate Planner’s’ wife is not easy…”

Thank you for the weather alerts, proofreading, praising my work, sharing deals, making our weekend plans, keeping me updated on your safety during travel, for the caring reminders and warnings, sticking with our wonderful marriage, and for all other benefits not specifically referenced above.  I love you!

 In Appreciation – First Year
 In Appreciation – First Year


Scott R. Zucker, Esq. is the owner of The Zucker Law Firm PLLC, located just outside the Capital Beltway in Annandale, within five miles of the City of Fairfax, the county seat of beautiful Fairfax County, Virginia. The firm focuses mainly on estate planning services for Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania clientele, and seeks to do so in an affordable and approachable way. People interested in learning more can contact Scott by phone or email.

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