When I was in college, I had a vision for my future. I was going to graduate, go to law school, and become a lawyer. The plan wasn’t all that specific, but at least it was a plan. I was excited to get it moving forward and see what happened next.
But then my grandpa got sick, and suddenly my plan seemed wholly unimportant in the grand scheme of things. So after graduation, I went to help him run his restaurant. Law school could wait.
A few years went by, and I was really getting the hang of running the family restaurant. I was so engrossed in the endeavor, in fact, that I decided to try my hand in another area of business — real estate. I took a job selling commercial mortgages and was baffled to discover that not all mortgages required the blessing of an attorney. I didn’t like it, and I wondered whether I might be able to do something about it as an attorney myself. The train of thought led me back around to law school, where I confirmed my suspicion that business law could be a good fit. Since getting my Juris Doctor, I’ve never second-guessed any of the decisions that led me to where I am now.
My father is a CPA, and my grandfather owned a small restaurant. Legacies aren’t always glamorous, but I believe that each one is worth protecting.