I have not personally read the book Where There's an Inheritance: Stories from Inside the World of Two Wills Lawyers by Barry Fish and Les Kotzer, but it looks worthwhile. I located a review in Deseret News. Here is one of the funny stories outlined in the review:
He was a widower with no children, but he was blessed with money, many nieces and nephews — and a unique plan for deciding who should benefit from his generosity.And also a touching story – something in the hustle and bustle of life, I can certainly learn from:
By the time he was in his mid-80s, his nieces and nephews believed the impression he gave that he had trouble hearing. They gathered often for holidays and family events, and they talked about how much they liked — or disliked — their uncle.
At his 90th birthday party, he stood to say a few words of thanks. "I've been waiting to say these words for the last few years: I can hear perfectly. I have always had perfect hearing, and I have heard everything you have ever said to me and about me."
As a stunned silence swept the room, he proceeded to tell them what he had heard — and later used that information as he prepared his will.
Les says one that touched him personally was the story of a woman named Rachel. She called Les and asked him to help her write a will, but said she had not been out of the hospital for more than a year and likely would die soon. Rachel agreed to find someone to drive her to his office for the appointment — and probably her last trip outside.
The day of the appointment was windy, cold and rainy. Les was swamped with work, got caught in an accident over his lunch hour and was not having a good day. When Rachel arrived, he went out to the van she traveled in and saw her looking out the window, beaming, as she watched the rain.
"Then she turns to me and says to me, 'Mr. Kotzer, isn't it a beautiful day?' Here I was hating that day, and here's a woman who's dying telling me, 'Isn't it a beautiful day?' I thought, if people hear a story like that, it may change their lives, and help them appreciate the days that they have," Les says.