It Happened So Fast

Les Kotzer

Les Kotzer

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Sometimes, a person just never recovers from a broken heart.

A young man, who had just turned 30, came in for an appointment concerning his will. He became emotional as he told me that he had an inoperable brain tumor. As we began to discuss how his estate was to be distributed, I became, in a sense, a shoulder for him to lean on. He began to pour out details about his life. He told me he was single and how close he once was to marrying the love of his life, a girl he met in college. He described her as his soul-mate and the only one for him. The heartbreak he endured when she broke off this relationship was indescribable, and merely speaking of it drove this young man to tears.

He said that when you are told that you have less than a year to live, you realize that you will never form another relationship with a woman. He felt that he would never know what it would be like to be married, or to have his own family. He also told me of how close he was to his mother, to whom he was leaving his entire estate. He did not know how to tell her that he was running out of time, and that she would most likely outlive him. He said that his mother would be devastated if she knew the truth.

A week after this somber meeting, the young man returned to sign the will. This time, the meeting was business like, without any mention of the emotional matters that had dominated our previous session together.

Since this man was now so different at this meeting, I actually convinced myself that things might not turn out to be as bad as it seemed in our first meeting. I began to think that the story he told me, that moved me so deeply, could somehow endless tragically than to have this young man leave this earth at such a young age.

A few weeks later, I was following my morning routine which includes my reading of the daily newspaper. Like most people, I decide what I will read first by looking at the headlines. However, the day’s headlines were not what caught my attention. Instead, I saw a familiar face — a photo in the obituary section. It was the same young man who had come to my office. I stared at the photo in total disbelief. I thought to myself how eerie it was that he died so quickly after we met.

As I sat there with my neglected cup of tea getting cold, I looked out the window. The sun was beginning to light up everything outside. I had so many questions that would never be answered about this young man. Who wrote the mournful poem under his picture? I reasoned that it was probably the person whom he had said was his closest companion – his mother. I also wondered if his college sweetheart would see this obituary. How would she feel? Would she experience regret over a long-lost love? Then I wondered if she had ever really known how much she meant to him and how he considered her to be the love of his life.

Les Kotzer is a WILL’s Lawyer with the Law firm Fish & Associates, 7951 Yonge Street, in Thornhill, Ontario. If you wish to learn more about WILLs’ and Powers Of Attorney, you can visit to watch his complimentary online seminar.

Les Kotzer is a regular call in guest on the Barb DiGiulio show on NewsTalk 1010. He has also appeared on CNN and was featured as a Canadian success story on the CTV National News. In 2013, Les was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubileee Medal for his work in WILLs’ and helping to educate the public.

Les is pleased to offer a free WILL review for those who have a WILL and are not sure if it is up to date. He also offers a free WILL consultation, if you do not have a WILL and are not sure where to start. To book a WILL appointment with Les you can call his office at 905-881-1500. You can also email him for an appointment at For more information, please visit or You can also email him for an appointment at

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