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By Timothy Daniel
Special to Village News 

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


Last updated 5/5/2021 at 11am

Patti and Paul Hanks

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Temecula residents Patti and Paul Hanks, who survived four days lost and injured in Joshua Tree National Park, pose for a photo while hiking.

In an ironic twist, Temecula 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...

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