As of Friday, more than 6,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19 and at least 1,066,706 people worldwide have contracted the virus.
As coronavirus death tolls surge, many individuals are turning to estate planning lawyers to help them write their wills, update their estate plan, and prepare health surrogate documents, reports the Miami Herald. The unfortunate reality is that anyone can contract COVID-19 and anyone can succumb to the symptoms it carries. While health officials once warned that those who are above the age of 65 and/or have underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk for severe illness, it appears nearly anyone, young or old, can contract COVID-19 and fall deathly ill.
As more and more people come to the realization that they could be the next one to contract the potentially deadly virus, they aren’t waiting to get their end-of-life plans drawn up. Instead, many are now in panic mode and eager to get certain legal documents written up by a qualified estate planning attorney to ensure their final wishes are documented so that they can be carried out according to their terms. The source highlighted that the last time estate planners experienced a surge like the one they are seeing now was in 2012 “when people worried that Congress would lower the threshold of the estate or “death” tax.”
If you don’t have a will, now is the time to get one written up—and the Coral Springs, FL estate planning attorneys at Express Law are available to help you with this now.
While most individuals typically wait until they have reached a certain age in their life before they get their will written up, circumstances have changed. With some much uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 virus, you should have an estate planning attorney in Coral Springs, FL assist you with writing up your will now. The fact is, if you were to pass without a will, you risk having your estate settled according to the State of Florida’s laws that stipulate who gets what from you.
But what if the person who is naturally designated to inherit certain assets isn’t the person you want getting them? The only way to ensure your estate is settled according to your terms is if you have a lawyer drafting your will with you.
If you would like more information on drafting a will or have questions regarding estate plans, contact Express Law now to speak with an experienced Coral Springs, FL estate planning attorney.
Express Law can be reached at:
2900 West Sample Road
Pompano Beach, FL 33073