Until recently, most Americans viewed estate planning as something to think about down the road. The outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel Coronavirus, has altered that view for many. Law firms and financial planners are reporting a significant increase in the number of clients seeking advice about wills and advance directives. There are many advantages for estate planning now. First and foremost, you can spare your loved ones the difficult task of debating your wishes should you pass away or become unable to communicate on your own.
There are two types of documents in a comprehensive estate plan; those that govern decisions about your health and finances while you are still alive, and those that deal with matters after you pass away. In both instances, drafting these documents gives you the chance to specify your wishes in writing while you are healthy and able to do so. The following types of documents specify how you want your wishes carried out after you pass away:
The following documents take effect while you are still alive, but only after you have been incapacitated by illness or injury:
Meeting with a skilled attorney is the best way to draw up a comprehensive estate plan. Wills and other documents must typically be notarized in front of witnesses. However, given the importance of social distancing in slowing the spread of COVID-19, virtual consultations are an important option for estate planning. In addition, the state of Pennsylvania is now permitting remote notarization. For information about the logistical details of estate planning during the pandemic, view our recent blog.
The spread of COVID-19 in our area is reminding many about the importance of estate planning and advance directives. If you have been thinking about creating or revising your will or assigning a financial or medical power of attorney, the process will be easier with the help of a skilled Chester County wills and estates lawyer at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. For a confidential consultation, contact us online or call us at 610-565-3701. We serve clients throughout Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County from our offices in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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