As 2020 draws to a close, and I reflect on a year unlike any other, I find that I am full of contradictions. I marvel at how quickly these twelve months seem to have passed, yet somehow wish that time would move faster. I feel joy for every day that I have with my friends and family, but sorrow for the many who are suffering the loss of their loved ones, their health, or their means of living. My fear of the unknown suddenly seems more present, but so is my awareness of all the many things, big and small, for which I am grateful.
I am writing this note for three reasons. First, it is a thank you note, to all those who are part of InterActive Legal: Our Advisors, my colleagues, and of course, our subscribers. Thank you for your loyalty to InterActive Legal and to our profession. Your commitment to your craft, your clients, and your communities is proving more important than ever.
Second, it is an acknowledgment of the difficult year all of us have faced, in different ways, and the tough months that likely lie ahead. I suspect that many of you are grappling with the same conflicting thoughts and emotions I described above. Many of you are dealing with a loss which weighs much heavier. Although it is not much, I hope this acknowledgment helps you to find comfort in knowing that you are not alone, and that human sympathy and understanding are not diminished by physical distance.
Finally, it is a call to action to all of us, to continue to give and be good to each other, to support our communities, and to use our skills and training to bring about change where we see it is needed. I am inspired and humbled by the actions of others, including our subscribers and my colleagues, during this difficult time, and know that I can always strive to do more on my part to answer this call. Whether through charitable donations, encouraging words, acts of kindness or advocacy, each of us has the ability to provide the connection and healing needed right now.
As you know, potentially significant changes may be on the horizon for the estate planning profession in 2021. At InterActive Legal, we will continue our mission to provide you with resources, documents, and educational material to keep you up-to-date on changes in the law and current trends. We are honored and grateful to be of service to you as a go-to resource for meeting the needs of your clients. That purpose is the core foundation of our company, and it is always worth saying that we will continue to build on that foundation, and will be there for you and your practice. However, at this moment in time, with all that is happening in our world, it seems only right that the focus of this holiday letter should be a message of thanks, sympathy, and encouragement – three sentiments we could all use more of right now.
All the best to you and your family for peace and hope this holiday season, from all of us at InterActive Legal.
Vanessa L. Kanaga, Esq.
President and Director of Content Development