As I was reading about the recent disaster in Haiti this past weekend, I started thinking about all the nurses, doctors, firefighters, police officers, and teachers I know – some of the many occupations that are dedicated to caring for others.  I consider it a privilege to have many of them as clients.  Even so, I see a gaping hole in the protection of those who protect others.  For example, take nurses and teachers (I pick them because I know many personally).  Their life’s work is to care for and/or educate those around them.  What a truly giving and noble calling.  And yet I know several such individuals whose own family is left incredibly exposed to a tragic event.  This exposure takes several forms: no life insurance, inadequate savings, no retirement planning, and yes, no estate planning.  And beyond that, I see them spending so much time caring for others that they neglect taking care of themselves, whether it be a nice dinner with their husband/wife, a special day of pampering, shopping, or family time, or just some time to relax or exercise.

So I encourage those of you who are in these great professions . . . take the needed time to take care of yourself and your family.  It will give you an amazing amount of peace of mind.  And if I can help in any way, please let me know.