Three reasons coronavirus makes estate planning more important than ever

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These unprecedented times are scary for us all. Though the numbers are still out, it seems that while coronavirus is mainly life-threatening only for the elderly and immunocompromised, it can also in some cases claim the lives of the young and the healthy. For many, this is a wakeup call. Between accidents and undetected medical issues, the young and seemingly healthy have never been death-proof, but the highly contagious nature of the coronavirus and the way it has swept the globe is forcing many to confront their mortality for the first time.

The truth is, no one will live forever, and none of us know for sure how much time we have left. That is why it is so important to have an estate plan in place no matter your age or your situation in life. Today, we are looking at some of the reasons coronavirus has made estate planning more important than ever before.

  1. It allows you to make your wishes known in case you are ever incapacitated.

If you are on a ventilator, struggling for every breath, you probably don’t want to be bothered with making important decisions regarding your finances. With a durable power of attorney, you can grant a trusted person the authority to attend to these matters on your behalf. A durable healthcare power of attorney can also make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unconscious. This is especially important for anyone who is single or doesn’t have family members living close by. Carroll Law Office includes a Durable Power of Attorney and Health Care Directive with every estate plan.

  1. Your will can make arrangements for your inheritance.

Most people want to have a say in who inherits the assets that they have worked hard to acquire over the course of their lives. If you do not have a will in place, your assets will be passed down to your heirs in accordance with intestate law. Your estate plan also gives you a chance to make sure that your loved ones receive the most of your assets possible, and that as little as possible goes to estate taxes and probate fees. Want to donate some of your money to research that aims to prevent pandemics? You can do that with your will, too.

  1. Your information will be on record.

Imagine that you are in the hospital, struggling to recover from coronavirus, unable to communicate. Your utility bills at home are going unpaid. The hospital bills are piling up. What if none of your loved ones know your banking information? Your passwords? The usernames for your accounts with the electric company and internet company? Careful estate planning can keep you and your loved ones from landing in this confusing and stressful predicament.

Are you ready to be proactive? If you do not have an estate plan at all, you need to sit down with an attorney to create one. Find out if a Will or Trust Estate plan is best for you. If your plan has not been updated in the last three years, it’s time for a review. Our team is here to help. Give us a call today to learn how we can help you build an estate plan that is perfectly tailored to your unique needs and values. Stay safe and healthy, we can’t wait to hear from you!

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