This is the courthouse in Millersburg, OH. Yesterday at 9:11 a.m. a strong and loving father was sworn in as guardian for a very brave young woman, his 20-year old daughter who suffered a severe TBI from a car crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway last fall.
The family is from Holmes County in the middle of Amish country. Another attorney in town recommended me to a local family friend soon after the wreck, and Sunday I flew up for the guardianship hearing. These good folks invited into their home. I met the mom and the younger siblings. I was served a great dinner.
The next morning, with the help of local counsel we explained to the probate judge the need for a temporary guardian while the slow healing progresses. Although the reckless driver that caused the wreck had no insurance, we were able to negotiate with the family’s insurance company to pay its full coverage. We have now set up a trust, but it’s not enough and there’s more work to be done seeking other sources.
Parting words from the dad, whom I spoken with dozens of times but had not met before the trip: “You are everything I thought you’d be. Thank you.”
Lawyers don’t get that every day.