The Importance of Being Prepared with Estate Planning

With the recent and ongoing concerns about the coronavirus, as we shift into the fall, it remains clear that we are continuing to face an unprecedented public health crisis–one that is affecting many people of all ages, and from all walks of life. It has become tragically clear for many that Estate Planning is an absolute need.
Without essential documents such as Health Care Surrogate and Power of Attorney, incredibly difficult situations can become even more challenging and stressful. Unfortunately, many people wait until it is too late, putting an extra burden on themselves and their loved ones at the worst time possible. The important takeaway from the seriousness of these sad situations is to be practical and to take appropriate actions to help protect yourself and your family.
We believe that this is a wise time to stay calm, and take a common-sense approach to address these important concerns. It is also prudent now not to panic or make alarmist decisions. While much has changed, and will continue to change, as this serious situation unfolds, one thing that has not changed–and, in fact, has become more salient, is the need to have current Estate Planning documents in place to protect yourself and your loved ones.
As Elder Law Attorneys, we continue to help clients with Estate Planning, and we take a holistic approach as we evaluate each client’s unique situation to create comprehensive and customized Estate Plans for them.
Our approach to Estate Planning has not changed. We continue to recommend that Estate Plans include Lifetime Living Documents to protect clients as we go through the threat of coronavirus, and we use Wills and Trusts to protect and direct the distribution of assets after death to their families and loved ones. We also suggest that now is a time to consider a regular review of these Estate Plans. This serious situation is one where the creation and updating of essential Estate Planning documents is certainly a priority.
If you need help with any aspect of Estate Planning, including Trusts, Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives, Preneed Guardian Designations, Probate, Trust Administration, and Asset Protection, please do not delay and set an appointment with one of our knowledgeable, compassionate, and caring Elder Law Attorneys.
With offices in Orange Park, Jacksonville, and St. Augustine, our Elder Law Attorneys help clients in the North Florida with all of their Estate Planning needs. Also, telephone and video attorney consultations are available upon request, in lieu of most in person consultations with our attorneys.
Attorneys Grady and Alison
We are your Florida First Coast Elder Law Attorneys.
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