How to make crucial financial and health care decisions for you and your loved ones.
Surely you’ve heard it’s a good idea to have a will, just in case anything should happen. Yet we tend to put off completing the paperwork — the documents are confusing and it can be distressing to think about our own mortality. A 2017 study found that only about a third of Americans have completed the necessary end-of-life forms.
The coronavirus pandemic now has many scrambling to figure out how to get wishes into writing. Although the majority of Americans have not yet been infected, certain populations, like the elderly, continue to be vulnerable. The new coronavirus has reminded us that mortality is unpredictable and so it’s a good time to get our medical and financial matters in order.
The benefits to doing so are many: peace of mind knowing that you will get the medical treatment you want; that your possessions and assets, many or few, will be given to those you choose; that you are protecting your family and friends from having to guess what you would want; and preventing the squabbles that could erupt from family disagreements.
But how to complete the necessary paperwork while under lockdown? In some ways, self-isolation provides the perfect opportunity to get your documents together, but finalizing them can be difficult when a notary and witnesses can’t be in the same room with you…
To read the entire article from Vox, click https://www.vox.com/2020/4/15/21220975/coronavirus-end-of-life-planning