By Brooke Price
The COVID-19 pandemic is changing our way of life as we know it. With stay-at-home orders lifting and society slowly inching towards normalcy, many people are wondering what will happen to their families if they get sick over the next few months.
Austin’s estate planning attorneys are booked solid as people rush to get wills and associated documents drafted. According to projections from the University of Texas, Central Texas could see hundreds of COVID-19 deaths and thousands of cases before the end of August.
While it is not necessary to have your will drafted by a professional, hiring an attorney is the best choice to make sure that your family and possessions are taken care of. Poorly written or ambiguous wording can result in months or years of time in court and thousands of dollars of attorney’s fees for your loved ones. Without attorney insight, your final wishes may not be carried out as you had hoped.
Planning includes more than just a basic will. You should consider documents allowing medical decisions on your behalf, psychiatric decisions should you lose competency, and the ability to maintain and manage your accounts and bills. You want to take care of your loved ones and your legacy, and we want you to have the peace of mind that you have taken every measure for the wellbeing of your family, estate and belongings. In these stressful times, this is one meaningful step you can take to reduce your uncertainty.
If you need a will or other basic planning documents drafted, you should not do it alone. With over 25 years of combined legal experience, Price & Wiggins, P.C. can guide you through this complicated process.