Sometimes You Just Need to Plan on Snow in May!

Kristen Marks

by Kristen Marks

Kristen Marks is a travel enthusiast, empty-nest mom to two young adult children, athlete, attorney, author, speaker, proud wife of almost three decades (to the same wonderful man!), and the founder of My Pink Lawyer®, Florida Estate & Legacy Planning attorneys. Kristen has been crafting professional estate plans for Floridians and their families for over 28 years.

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“It is beautiful up here. Look at those mountains.”


My mom, Jill, and I were on the rooftop deck enjoying the scenery and sipping a glass of Pinot as we watched the sun begin to set on the horizon of the Rocky Mountains.


“Huh, look at that, Mom. The fog has moved in. You can’t see the mountains anymore.”


No sooner did I look up when a huge blast of cold air moved in. The wind started blowing twenty knots and the temperature dropped 30 degrees in the blink of an eye. Ominous rain clouds were rapidly approaching.


“This must be the winter storm moving in. Quick, grab the wine!”


We scrambled inside as the first raindrops started pelting the deck.


Terry, Jill & Kristen visit Denver


It was our first night visiting Jill a couple of weeks ago in Denver.


Eyeballing our weather apps, my mom and I knew it was going to turn cold that weekend. Never mind the mid-80 degree temperatures the day we arrived.


Instead of flip-flops and tank tops, I was dragging my rain gear, long pants, and sweaters out of winter storage (housed in Jill’s old bedroom). It sure is difficult to pack lightly when you are packing bulky clothes.


Although we were prepared for cooler temperatures, we were not prepared for the 8+ inches of snow that was dumped the next day.


Unprepared for snow, sans snow boots, hats, gloves, and even winter coats, Jill had to dig deep into her closet and lend us her overflow winter gear.


Although cold weather bunnies my mom and I are not, the snow did little to deter my daughter’s plans for our visit. We still had our high tea at the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver, walked Pearl Street in downtown Boulder, visited Estes Park, drove a portion of Rocky Mountain National Park, ate the “mountain” pizza at the iconic Beau Jo’s in Idaho Springs, and took photos at Red Rocks. I did draw the line at donning a bathing suit to soak in the hot springs, however.


Sometimes our plans go awry. Unforeseen circumstances can throw a monkey wrench in even the best-laid plans.


When I scheduled our annual 3-generation “girls trip” back in December, I thought to myself how wonderful it will be to visit Denver in early summer with my two of my favorite women.


Mother Nature did not care, however.


Reminds me of the old saying, “We make our plans and God just laughs.”


So too goes our best-laid estate plans.


I often tell clients that I would be a rich woman if I had a crystal ball so I could advise them on the design of the very best succession plans for their families. But alas, I do not.


So instead, together we craft estate plans based on current circumstances and the most likely future contingencies.


And then we plan to adjust their plan periodically over time as their lives and their family’s lives evolve and unfold.

It may be time to review your existing succession plan and the folks you’ve named as agents in your documents.


Call us to schedule your estate plan review or to craft a new estate plan from scratch: 850-439-1191


Maybe one of the funnest parts of our visit out West, which was not weather dependent, was meeting Jill’s new beau for the first time.


You remember. The guy with a great sense of humor who answered our “Prequalification Application to Date Jill.”


Nice guy. I like him and I know Andrew will too even though he still needs to learn how to drive a stick shift!


Kristen “Chasing the Sunshine” Marks


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