We Prepare Heirs

Roy O. Williams, Founder and President of The Williams Group, shares his insights into the important work the firm does on behalf of families planning to transition their estates to the next generation and why it's so important to ensure heirs are prepared. Roy also talks about the results of his 20-year field study where he interviewed 2,500 families, and what families who remained in control of their assets and harmony, post-estate transition, share in common.

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Bridging The Generations

At The Williams Group, we prepare heirs by building bridges . . .  bridges of trust and communication within families. Bridges built upon family values and legacy that give guidance and purpose to future generations. What we strive to achieve with each and every family who entrusts its future to us is beautifully conveyed in this endearing poem. 

 

The Bridge Builder By Will Allen Dromgoole

An old man going a lone highway,
Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast, and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned, when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.

"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim, near,
"You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again will pass this way;
You've crossed the chasm, deep and wide-
Why build you this bridge at the evening tide?"

The builder lifted his old gray head:
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today,
A youth, whose feet must pass this way.

This chasm, that has been naught to me,
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him."

Source: Father: An Anthology of Verse (EP Dutton & Company, 1931) 

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