Florida Probate Attorney Test Drives New Career as Soccer Goalie

Lauren Merritt

by Lauren Merritt

Lauren Merritt is a Pensacola native and is licensed in both Florida and Alabama. Lauren has her own law practice located in the offices of My Pink Lawyer® and is an affiliated independent counsel. Lauren is a newlywed with three bonus daughters and a newly adopted baby son. Lauren enjoys running, going to the gym, crafting with the girls, dining out, and relaxing at home with her new family.

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“Somebody get me out of this goal! I like me teeth!,” I yelled with bare feet from inside a soccer goal.


It was Friday night, and my sister and her boyfriend had come with Matt and me to watch my twin bonus daughters play a little scrimmage soccer game.


About 20 minutes into the practice, Coach Joe marched over to the parents and told us to “start stretching” for our game against the girls.


“Is he joking?,” I whispered to Matt.


“Wait, are you serious!?,” yelled my excited sister, Sarah.


“No one told me about this,” I thought to myself. “What in the world? It’s SO hot!”


Coach Joe was not joking.


Ill-prepared, Matt and I kicked off our flip flops and took to the field. Sarah and her boyfriend, Joe, got lucky with tennis shoes.


The girls are twin 11-year-olds. They play on a select travel soccer team. We’re not talking rec league soccer, y’all.

Lauren Merritt & family

“They’re going to KILL us,” I thought as I glanced down at my bare feet.


Before I could think much more, the ball was in action!


I’m proud to say I think we surprised the girls with our efforts.


“They’re so FAST!,” shouted one of the girls.


“They’re legs are much longer than ours, you know!” responded another.


Unfortunately, us adults did so well that the “just 20 minutes” Coach Joe promised turned into the remaining 40 minutes of practice. Talk about a workout!


The girls scored 1 goal on us in the first 5 minutes, but we held them at 1-0 for the next 20 minutes.


At one point, I found myself… you guessed it… in the GOAL. You know, the place where the soccer ball comes hurling towards the fearless person standing guard inside? HA!


“Get me out of this goal! I like my teeth!” I screamed!


Too late! One of the girls came bounding towards me with the ball…






Miraculously, I managed to block 4 balls before letting one sail by me into the goal.


Us old folks finally tired out. The girls scored another 3 goals, bringing the final score to:


Players: 5


Parents: Zilch


Before it was all said and done, I’d hit the ground 3 times, had my bare feet trampled, and even had a bloody cut on my finger! I was drenched in sweat, but man, I sure had fun!


Playing in the soccer game was not something we had planned that Friday night… and it’s probably not something we would have picked if we’d really had a choice.


But it didn’t turn out as bad as we had expected, and we actually had some fun making memories with the girls.




The loss of a loved one is never a fun experience but sorting out the details after a loved one’s death doesn’t have to add to the grief you’re already experiencing.


Often, I am able to help clients determine that they don’t need to open a probate for their loved one’s estate after all. Other times, the recommendation is to wait.


The key is to get professional advice sooner rather than later because not addressing important issues can create more problems down the road that might have been avoided.


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After losing my mom unexpectedly several years ago, I’ve learned to never take my family for granted. I cherish each moment—like the soccer scrimmage the other night—and remind my loved ones that I love them.


I encourage you to do the same.


Lauren “Professional Goalie NOT in my Future” Merritt


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