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One thing I find rather interesting at the moment is how passionate people are becoming about the U.S. presidential election.

No matter how hard I try, it appears there is no escaping the furore. It is on my radio, my TV and all the social media outlets. It doesn’t matter which camp you fall into, i.e. the red team or the blue, people seem to be getting so caught up in vilifying the other candidate it amazes me. The irony is that those who are criticizing the behaviour of one candidate are engaging in exactly the same behaviour.

There is so much misinformation out there it is not funny. There also seems to be an underlying assumption that the eventual winner, i.e. your preferred candidate, will somehow be the saviour of the free world, as we know it. However I have some bad news. Both candidates are flawed. Neither will save you, nor give you the future you want. Even those political leaders closer to home, will not be able to help you.

You are responsible for your own future, not some man or woman in a funny coloured tie, YOU! You choose your own future. The decisions you make followed by the actions you take today, will determine the future you have tomorrow. You cannot blame the outcome of an election or another person in a funny coloured tie if you don’t have the life or future you want.

Benjamin Franklin once remarked that those who fail to plan are planning to fail. What plans have you put in place to secure your future and that of your family, irrespective of who is in Government? Have you given any thought to your legacy? Steve Irwin will be remembered for his passion for conservation, a mantle now taken up by his daughter Bindi. What plans have you implemented to ensure that you will be remembered? If you haven’t made any plans or don’t know where to start, why don’t you give us a call? We are your Estate Planning Specialists. Think Wills! Think Charis! 01483 428710.

James Tong