Thinking about one’s own mortality can be uncomfortable, and people often hesitate to draft instructions regarding what should happen to their property after they die. However, the COVID-19 pandemic highlights how important it is to draft enforceable wills, trusts and power of attorney documents in order to safeguard the people they love.
In response to the coronavirus health scare, individuals and institutions have given increased attention to estate planning needs. Sometimes, this has led to conflict as in the case where the Houston Independent School District created a webinar to help teachers develop their wills. A few of the intended webinar viewers complained that the district’s focus should be on maintaining safe conditions within school buildings rather than making plans in case something goes wrong. However, it shouldn’t take a pandemic or a high-risk job to compel serious thought about:
It is important to consult with an estate planning attorney to create a comprehensive program based on your own individual situation. Even if you have an estate plan in place, it is also important to consult with an attorney regularly to make sure all of your estate plan documents are enforceable and up to date.
If you need assistance drafting a will or other types of estate planning documents, the skilled attorneys at Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP can help. We have offices in Denton, Flower Mound. Gainesville and Celina. Call us at 940-230-2386 or contact us online.
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