Living trust attorney finds will to live during near-death accident

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Paul and Patti Hanks
Timothy Daniel Special to Valley News In an ironic twist, living trust attorney Paul Hanks survived a harrowing near-death hiking accident and four days in the desert. He said, “I felt death!”  He told his story with conviction, fear, pain, excitement and the will to live. He survived five days in Joshua Tree National Park with no water, a prickly pear cactus and a serious head injury.  Hanks has hiked most of his adult life.  “I like to get remote,” he said. “Get out there alone. I chose Joshua Tree to hike for my 54th birthday (March 11, 2018), and it all just backfired.”  Located just north of Palm Springs, Joshua Tree straddles the Riverside/San Bernardino County line and encompasses almost 800,000 acres. The area has been inhabited by humans for at le
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