Another Reason to Hate Lawyers
And old joke, but still one of the best lawyers jokes ever:
- A rather well to do gentleman was nearing the end of his life and had made many bequests to various charitable organizations. He still harbored a thought though - what if you could take it with you? Some of it at least.
So he called for his priest, his doctor and his lawyer and gave each of them an envelope with $100,000 in it. At the graveside service, they were to throw the envelopes into the casket prior to burial so the elderly gentleman would be comfortable in the afterlife.
The man passed away and the three persons he had summoned followed his final instructions by tossing the envelopes into the casket just before the hole was filled. On the way back to the cars, the priest broke down and announced he had a confession to make.
"The church needed a new roof, and we were $25,000 dollars short of our fundraising goal. My friends, I shorted our benefactor's envelope that $25,000 and can barely bear the shame.
The doctor said, "As this appears the time to be completely honest, I too, have a confession to make. The hospital at which I work needed a new x-ray machine and we had to have it soon. $50,000 was the price and I had $100,000 in my possession. I must confess that I shorted the envelope that amount.
The lawyer shook his head and exclaimed, "Gentlemen, I am ashamed of the both of you. We were trusted to take care of this man's last wishes and he wished us to ensure his continued comforts in the afterlife. That money was for his comfort alone, which is why I threw in a check for the full amount.
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