Another Short Story
By Elaine Carlson

"Are you really married?" Gosh dang, he almost seemed to be barking at us. "Or are you two just shacking up?"

I told him yes, we were married. He seemed to be satisfied when I showed him my health insurance card. My name was on the first line after Insured and Joe's name was on the second line after Sponsor. And Spouse had been entered into the small square just after the place where his name was.

We were at an attorney's office. I almost felt like we had been under a rough cross-examination. But then I know attorneys always want to make sure of the information their clients give them.

I was worried because we didn't have wills. We hadn't taken up sky diving or any other risky activity. I just thought as a simple matter of prudence we should each have a will.

The way I chose legal help wasn't all that systematic. I saw a name following Attorney at Law on a big sign on the side of a building downtown. I mentioned him to someone who has lived here a long time.

"He is good," she said, "He is old school."

I know there can be advantages of going to a young whippersnapper --- which I will define as a newly minted barrister who just took the bar exam and is full of enthusiasm and idealism. But I want an old school guy to prepare our wills.

Our visit went well. He not only wrote up our wills but prepared an Advanced Medical Directive and a Medical Power of Attorney for each of us. By the time we had signed the papers I felt confident we were ready for almost any contingency.

As things were wrapping up and we were about ready to leave he asked why we had decided to go to him.

I told him what that woman told me.

"Old school," he said. "Is that a polite way of saying the newspaper has my obituary on file so they are ready when they get the word?"

"No sir. It means you have experience," I said. "And weren't you in those commercials?"

"My wife told me to say, 'You certainly have done your homework" when anyone brings up that subject."

"But you did, didn't you?"

"I was a model and made a lot of money," he said. "I used it go to law school."

I looked over and saw that Joe was all ready to leave. I could tell me he didn't want me to continue this conversation. So, I will never know why he got tired of being a model and wanted to become an attorney.

But we got our wills done and I know that is what is important.

Click to search the Beat Click to search the Beat

[{{{type}}}] {{{reason}}}

{{/data.error}} {{^data.error}} {{#texts.summary}}

{{texts.summary}} {{#options.result.rssIcon}} RSS {{/options.result.rssIcon}}

{{/texts.summary}} {{#data.hits.hits}}
{{#_source.featured}} FEATURED {{/_source.featured}} {{#_source.showImage}} {{#_source.image}} {{/_source.image}} {{/_source.showImage}}

{{{_source.title}}} {{#_source.showPrice}} {{{_source.displayPrice}}} {{/_source.showPrice}}



{{/_source.showLink}} {{#_source.showDate}}





{{#_source.additionalFields}} {{#title}} {{{label}}}{{{title}}} {{/title}} {{/_source.additionalFields}}


Submitting to the Beat

Those new to providing news releases to the Beat are asked to please check out submission guidelines at They are for your information to make life easier on the readers, as well as for the editor.

Advertising: Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ads on the Beat.

Classifieds: We have changed Classifieds to a cheaper and shorter option. Check periodically to see if any new ones have popped up. The former software failed us, so it's just a category now, with prices posted. Send your information to and we will post it as soon as we can. Instructions and prices are on the page.

Editor's Notes

Here for YOU: Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News. Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—

Feel free to notify if you notice any technical problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat.  The Beat totally appreciates its readers and subscribers!  

Compliance: Because you are an esteemed member of The Grant County Beat readership, be assured that we at the Beat continue to do everything we can to be in full compliance with GDPR and pertinent US law, so that the information you have chosen to give to us cannot be compromised. 

Content on the Beat

WARNING: All articles and photos with a byline or photo credit are copyrighted to the author or photographer. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

Disclaimer: If you find errors in articles not written by the Beat team but sent to us from other content providers, please contact the writer, not the Beat. For example, obituaries are always provided by the funeral home or a family member. We can fix errors, but please give details on where the error is so we can find it. News releases from government and non-profit entities are posted generally without change, except for legal notices, which incur a small charge.

NOTE: If an article does not have a byline, it was written by someone not affiliated with the Beat and then sent to the Beat for posting.

Images: We have received complaints about large images blocking parts of other articles. If you encounter this problem, click on the title of the article you want to read and it will take you to that article's page, which shows only that article without any intruders. 

New Columnists: The Beat continues to bring you new columnists. And check out the old faithfuls who continue to provide content.

  • The Beat has a column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues.

Newsletter: If you opt in to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option at the top of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Go to Top