By Jonathon Cherne
Recently I helped settle a wealthy man’s estate. He had worked hard to build his business and had a multimillion-dollar estate by the time he passed away. Sadly, not all of his children came to his funeral, but when the time came, they were all there ready to receive a share of his assets. As I reviewed the records, I could tell the man had been diligent and a hard worker, but what was also evident was that he didn’t have his children’s hearts. Why didn’t he have their hearts?
A 2013 study by the National Center for Health Statistics showed that a third of fathers who live with their young children don’t talk to their children about their day.¹ And an astounding 61 percent
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Jones and Mosher, “Fathers’ Involvement with Their Children: United States, 2006–2010,” National Health Statistics Reports, 71, Dec. 20, 2013.
Jonathon Cherne is a religious liberty and estate planning attorney in California. He received his JD from Pepperdine University School of Law, where he also helped start a local church.