Now’s The Time To Get Your Affairs In Order
Prepping For the Coronavirus
As the world reels in the face of the deadly and insidious Coronavirus, all anyone wants to do is to protect their loved ones and themselves. We hear the news about toilet paper and hand sanitizer flying off store shelves where the deadly virus has appeared. But, does anyone suggest calling an estate and asset protection attorney to make sure their affairs are in order in the absolute worst-case scenario? I have not heard that suggestion. So, I’ll be the one to make it here and now.
You may think it vulgar to bring up this topic at a time like this. But, take a moment and consider those who have lost their lives. Most of them have been older adults in nursing homes. But, there were deaths on a cruise ship and several of the younger medical professionals tending to those infected around the clock have also died. And, the doctor who discovered the virus also died.
You Can’t Predict The Future
None of us knows for sure how this current situation is going to play out. So, you might want to add getting-your-affairs-in-order to the list that includes washing your hands obsessively and keeping your hands away from your face. The best-case scenario will be that this scare will pass, a vaccination will be found, and life will go on. And in that version of the story, life will proceed with your end of life wishes known and legally enforceable.
Sometimes we humans simply won’t take action unless we are jolted by some tragic event. I would count the Coronavirus as one of the events that really could spur people to take care of business they’ve been putting off far too long. Keep in mind that once you do create an estate and asset protection plan that includes an Advance Directive, that you can change them. In fact, it’s a good idea to review these types of legal documents at least every couple of years, if not annually. Just don’t wait for the next global crisis to consider it.