Today, July 24th 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of the return trip of Apollo 11. The three astronauts landed in the Pacific ocean, about 900 miles from Hawaii, and were immediately taken via helicopter to the nearby USS Hornet. Scientists, concerned they may have brought back dangerous pathogens from the moon, immediately placed the crew members into quarantine. They spent over two weeks in a converted Airstream trailer with a colony of white mice that had joined them on their expedition. If the mice survived the quarantine, it was presumed that the astronauts would also be fine. Finally, after 17 days, the mice showed no ill effects and the astronauts were released from quarantine to a hero’s welcome. However, as is true with all non-fiction stories, life marches on.
The astronauts have returned to their normal American lives since coming back to planet Earth. This has included all of life’s realities from the birth of grandchildren to death and divorce. In more recent news, Buzz Aldrin has found himself in the midst of a bitter legal dispute with his children regarding his finances. He is seeking to remove his son, Andy Aldrin, as the controlling trustee of his estate. According to USA Today, his estate oversees memorabilia worth millions of dollars.
This story is a reminder to all of us that life waits for no man, not even an American hero like Buzz Aldrin. Even American heroes must deal with planning their estate. The best action is preemptive. If you have already planned your estate but things in life have changed, it may be time for an update. Please feel free to contact The Mendel Law Firm, LP today for a free initial consultation. Let us help protect what is most important to you.