March 20, 2020
Dear Fellow Members of the Estate Planning Community:
             Jonathan Blattmachr was scheduled to speak to us next Tuesday. We initially intended to have Jonathan present (and all attendees attend) via Zoom, but we have instead decided to cancel the meeting – both physically and virtually – entirely.
             Given the present sense of uncertainty, and the distraction of adapting to our new normal, a discussion of income tax planning for wealthy people seemed unhelpful. But Jonathan told me that he looks forward to making his presentation in-person as soon as possible.
I always look forward to our meetings, and I will miss seeing you. And, no doubt, you will miss my stupid jokes. In the interim, please allow me to briefly encourage you.
  • Our clients need us. And we, in the broader estate planning community, need each other. 
  • We don’t know when this crisis will end, but we know that it will end. There is another side.
  • We don’t know what the other side holds for any of us. And fearful speculation won’t change that. But we have spent years – decades – building trusted relationships. This crisis will not end those relationships. In fact, it is an opportunity to deepen those relationships.
I strongly encourage all of you to stay in touch with each other, whether via telephone or video conference. Take the time to have the deeper conversations that busyness may have prevented in the past. 
If I don’t have a chance to connect with you in the interim, I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.
See you on the other side,
Matt Brown
Orange County Estate Planning Council

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