Thursday, September 29, 2011
A local charity office realized that it had never received a donation from the town’s most successful lawyer. The director called him, hoping to get a contribution. “Our research shows that out of a yearly income of at least $500,000, you give not a penny to charity. Wouldn’t you like to give back to the community in some way?”
The lawyer replied, “First, did your research also show that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has medical bills that are several times her annual income?” Embarrassed, the director mumbled, “Um…no.
“Or that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair?” The stricken director began to stammer out an apology but was interrupted.
” . . . or that my sister’s husband died in a traffic accident,” the lawyer’s voice rising in indignation, “leaving her penniless with three children?!”
The humiliated director said simply, “I had no idea . .”
“So if I don’t give any money to them, why should I give any to you?
Scott R. Zucker, The Rarity of Lawyer Jokes (With 3 of My Favorites), Estate Planning Info Blog, Oct. 17, 2010; Dan B. Evans, My Favorite Lawyer Jokes (1998).
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (WealthCounsel) for bringing this to my attention.