On Saturday April 23rd we all had the opportunity to learn from Sabine Keller the ins and outs of ‘Getting Our Ducks in a Row’ – that is taking care, in advance, of having our affairs in order, just in case something happened, such as an illness or accident, which would impede our ability to speak for ourselves. The discussion covered the importance of who would be in charge or our things, our families, but even more important, ourselves. We explored the difference between advance directives, living wills and the power of attorney.
The interest was high and Sabine answered the many questions with patience and knowledge. As this is a service she offers she is clear on where she can guide and advise and where it is important for us to seek legal aide.
As international women with our lives sometimes spread out over several countries, she underlined the importance of cross-checking that our wishes and directives are formulated in all the necessary languages and according to the different countries requirements so as to facilitate any processes that must be put in place by those people we appoint to do so.
Sabine underlined that while we hope the chances are slim of something so drastic happening to us, it can. It is up to us to be prepared, saving those who love and care for us the anguish of dealing with obscure regulations at a time when they will also be dealing with the emotions which are part and parcel of just such a situation.
Funnily enough the discussion was not grey and heavy, but stimulating and vibrant. We felt the power of a group coming together to help one another achieve a very important task that we all need to deal with.
Another important topic which will help us be on the top of our professional and personal lives.