Every life has an expiration date. We generally don’t even think about it, but when we do, we imagine death will come to us when we are somewhere around 100 years old and we die peacefully in our sleep surrounded by loved ones. COVID-19 has many people thinking that their death might not go as planned.
The massive upheaval in our way of life has caused many people to face their mortality or at least think about it in concrete terms. Many of us have been rudely reminded that life is short, and tomorrow is not promised. It is also scary to witness so much wealth just vanishing (where did it go?), businesses large and small suffering, and so many people in emotional turmoil and exhibiting uncharacteristic behavior.
This crisis demands that we take stock of our lives and reassess our goals and opportunities. Many people are also thinking seriously about their estate plans. I have been inundated with calls from people who want to create an estate plan or amend the one they have. Although legal services are considered “essential”, attorneys still must comply with legal restrictions and health advisories which impacts the way we do business and our ability to accommodate potential clients during this time of crisis.
As we emerge from these trying times, we will start to get back to work, back to being with people, back to enjoying life. Many of us will resume or double up on our efforts to prepare for the future. We know that in some ways life will never be the way it was before. No matter how the future unfolds, we will still need to be hopeful, flexible, and planning for tomorrow. Part of this should be preparing in earnest for the possibility of another major crisis such as “the Big One”. Along with keeping supplies of water, paper goods and canned food, make sure you have your estate plan in order.
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