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Less happy when you have children? Wait till they sue you.

A recent German study shows that people experience a “severe drop” in their level of happiness after the birth of a child. According to the Toronto Star, which reported on the study, the decrease is worse than the death of a partner, divorce, and unemployment. Apparently in Germany, most couples say they want two children, yet the birthrate has remained consistently low at 1.5 children per woman. The researchers behind the study tried to obtain the reasons for this contradiction.

The estate litigator knows that there is always room for unhappiness, such as when your children sue you. The charges are limited only by the imagination of litigation counsel:

  1. You no longer have capacity to execute or revoke powers of attorney and testamentary documents (even though you are still alive);
  2. You are incapable of managing your finances or making personal care decisions;
  3. You ought to pay them for services they have provided to you, such as providing you with “companionship”;
  4. The fact that you have not paid them for fixing the roof constitutes unjust enrichment for which a remedy of constructive trust over your house is the only appropriate remedy; and
  5. You and your company have acted in a manner that is oppressive or unfairly prejudicial to or that unfairly disregards the interests of your children, who were made shareholders of the company thanks to your plan to estate-freeze.

The sleepless nights, temper tantrums, vomit in your Louis Vuitton briefcase, and whiny demands for that Queen Elsa Halloween costume are the true delights of parenthood and ought to be cherished. Just think what your little angels can do once they have had their first consultation with an estate litigator.

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