Spring Madness

Curious how the NCAA madness of March ends today, especially given how the East Coast continues to get hit by a snowy nor’easter almost every week, making it feel more like mid-January in the city than early-April. Don’t be fooled by the flakes: the National Championship is tonight, and Villanova and Michigan will both vie for the title as millions of college basketball fans around the country watch with bated breath. If, like many who get caught up in the thrill of it all, you trusted the stats and the sports commentators and (perhaps) your gut in crafting your bracket within various family, friend, and work groups, only to have it torn apart mercilessly by the endless upsets--the early UVA knockout, the round-of-32 Xavier loss, and the premature defeat of last year’s standing champion UNC to mention a few--fret not. There is still time to salvage the season, perhaps not in the college basketball realm, but certainly in the estate planning realm.

Springtime can get crazy for families with taxes and the looming end of the school year, or in my case, an intensifying college application process for my 16-year-old daughter and busy-ness for my real-estate agent wife helping families find new homes during this time of rebirth and rejuvenation. However, there is nothing that quite relieves the stress of keeping up with the hustle and bustle of post-Winter awakening like getting a set of documents that ensures the safety of your legacy and enduring happiness of your loved ones. Even if UNC never sees another National Championship title or all three of your brackets fail you every time March Madness comes around, knowing you have a well-drafted, duly-executed will on the shelf will help you get through the eternal cycle of the sports seasons, the meteorological seasons, and the seasons of life.