LeRoy Peterson Law May 2019



May 2019

The Birthday Girls A Life With My Daughters

I believe we should work just as hard for our families as we do for our professional goals. I like to think that my wife and I have been able to do just that for our two beautiful daughters: Our firstborn, Samantha (Sam), recently turned 25, and our youngest, Morgan (Mo), just celebrated her 22nd birthday last month. With two birthdays in one month, April has always been a hectic time for our family. The celebrations always meant different things for our girls as they grew, but no matter the hobby or fad at the time, it always meant a good deal of running around for Mom and Dad (but mostly Mom). At the end of the day, we couldn’t be happier to do it, even if we did sometimes need to divide and conquer during my girls’ seemingly endless years of playing softball. I know most parents reading this understand these challenges. The satisfaction of knowing you’ve lived a life that has allowed you to provide for your children is a weighty one; there’s a lot to be proud of. The ultimate gift I’ve received is the opportunity of a career that gives me the flexibility to be there for my daughters when

they need me most, even when they think they don’t. As an attorney over the years, I’ve been able to work hard for my clients and still make weekend runs from Omaha to Kansas City, and everywhere in between, to make sure our girls got to their games on time. This was my life for many years, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It comes at you faster than you think, and it goes away even quicker. Today, Sam and Mo are all grown up. Between the two of them, they have the world at their fingertips by virtue of their own hard work. Nowadays, Sam is working hard to continue establishing herself as a successful businesswoman; she sells information technology to hospitals in the Northeast. Like her older sister, Mo is all lined up to graduate from the University of Nebraska this May. Mo has chosen a different path, earning her degree in nursing so she can follow in the footsteps of her mother. These successes for Sam and Mo are all I could have asked for as a father, and every time I look at my wife, I know she feels the same sense of pride in our girls.

I have made it a point over the years to make sure my daughters will always be taken care of, no matter what happens to me. We never want to consider the worst, especially when we’re in the middle of the best times of our lives, but it’s important to consider the love you have for your family when it comes to getting your estate planning affairs in order. That love should carry your legacy after you’ve passed on to the next great journey; I know mine will. That’s why so many clients have trusted me over the years with their trust and estate planning. Let’s make sure our loved ones are always protected and don’t live in fear of the unknown. After all, that’s been the goal this whole time, right?

-LeRoy Peterson

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