Primo: I am whiny.
Me: I know.
Primo: I despond.
Me: Ted is a jerk.
Primo: Why does he have to be such an asshole?
Me: I don't know.
Primo: I dread dealing with him.
Me: Would you do something for me?
[Actually, it was more of, "Yes let's get busy but before we do, there are conditions and one of them is that you need to cut off all contact with Ted because he is poison."]
Me: Would you send an email to the lawyer and ask him two questions?
Primo: What questions?
Me: Ask him if you can hire him to deal with Ted and have the fees charged only to Ted'sSon's share of the estate and ask him if once you have the kids' trusts set up if you can resign only from Ted'sSon's trust but still remain as trustee for Michael, Maria, and Pia.
Me: You don't have to act on the information. But wouldn't it be useful to know what is possible?
Primo: Yes, it would.