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Pandemic Fatigue and Estate Planning

Pandemic Fatigue and Estate Planning

Pandemic Fatigue and Estate Planning

After Several Months, Pandemic Fatigue Has Set in… and It is Dangerous!

Health experts have identified pandemic fatigue, or quarantine fatigue, as the occurrence when people get tired of the pandemic measures and become less likely to follow public health practices or simply begin to drown out those messages. This means as we continue to live with safety mandates and recommendation, more people are becoming complacent and blowing them off. This results in people going out more and wearing masks less.

The COVID-19 infection rate is already on the rise as a result of the seasons changing and many people are ignoring the warnings of the CDC and other health experts. A recent New York Times article cites apathy across the globe as the new culprit for spreading this deadly disease. More and more people are getting mired in the troubles of today and forgetting about tomorrow.  With so many people focused on getting out of their homes and recapturing “normal” they are blindsided by the idea the worst may be yet to come.

Update Your Advanced Directives

As the COVID-19 pandemic begins to loom large once again, it’s important to remember to plan for the future. It’s dangerous out there, but it could be even more dangerous if you don’t have the proper planning in place. If COVID-19 does incapacitate you, who will make your medical decisions for you? How long should they let you fight the virus?

These questions need answers, and your family shouldn’t be the ones to make those decisions. Having a comprehensive set of advanced directives in place will make sure you are taken care of the way you want. Advanced directives are the following documents:

  • Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions
  • Living Will

Each of these documents should be revisited annually. However, with the pandemic’s end nowhere in sight, you might want to consider revisiting them a little more often.

Other Areas of Estate Planning Documents to Update

Will or Revocable Trust

As a result of the economic downturn, some of your assets are no longer worth what they once were. The upkeep cost and taxes of some assets may now outweigh your family’s ability to care for them after you pass. If you have made bequests or designated beneficiaries that could be adversely affected, now is the time to update your estate planning.

Designated Agents

A designated agent is anyone you have appointed to execute some part of your estate planning. They can be your health care agent, executor, successor, trustee, or guardian for a minor. If someone you have designated for one of these positions is no longer able to act on your behalf, you need to update your estate plan.

LeAnn Schumann Provides Comprehensive Estate Planning at Jesse Kalter Law

Don’t let some else’s pandemic fatigue affect the plans you have for you and your family. Updating your will and advanced directive ensures you are taken care of in the way you want and by whom you want. LeAnn Schumann has extensive experience helping clients plan for health and emergency eventualities. She knows exactly the right questions to ask to create a comprehensive estate plan. LeAnn is available to serve Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Fallon, Fernley, Dayton, Yerington, Douglas County, and all other Northern NV rural counties.

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