Life Planning: It’s Not Just for Old People Anymore

Life Planning: It’s Not Just for Old People Anymore

In a New York Times article, two cousins shared their fears about COVID. One had a favor to ask. If she and husband both ended up extremely ill — or worse — would her cousin be willing to drive the 300 miles to her house and get her young sons.

Sadly, tortured conversations like this are happening around the globe.

Concern for their families is prompting many young couples to create Living Trusts

Life planning isn’t just for old people. For those with children under 18, creating a Living Trust has an even more important role. Our Living Trust package includes a Pour Over Will that allows them to name a Guardian. If something happens to them, this Guardian will care for their children—not someone whom the court appoints.

Only one out of three adults has taken the time to complete an Advance Healthcare Directive. This legal document allows you to identify the person who will speak for you if you become incapacitated. We include an Advance Healthcare Directive in our Living Trust package.

Be Prepared: Pack a bag with essentials

COVID is highly contagious and unpredictable. It’s especially important for the elderly and those in the high-risk group to pack a bag with essentials in case you are rushed to the hospital. Think of what you’ll need–glasses, phone, charger, medications and a list of those to contact if necessary.

For those most at risk, The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has published a new tool to help make decisions about whether to go to the hospital if you become seriously ill with the coronavirus, or stay at home with the support of hospice or palliative care services.

COVID will be with us for a while

We’re six-plus months into this wretched disease, and we’re at least a year away from a safe, effective vaccine. Even with a vaccine, it’s not unlikely that it will not be 100% efficient. It may be necessary to continue wearing masks and following protocols. While our risks may diminish, they may not be completely eliminated. Having a plan in place is the best preparation for ensuring that you are treated as you would wish. It also provides needed clarity for your loved ones. Stories about the inability to visit their loved ones and of these patients ultimately dying alone has prompted many to create their Living Trusts.

Creating a Living Trust is providing peace of mind to many Bay Area families

As the COVID crisis drags on, more clients are scheduling appointments to create or update their Living Trusts. As noted our Trust package includes a Power of Attorney, an Advance Healthcare Directive and a Pour Over Will.

Best of all, we guide you through it and we prepare the legal documents

At California Document Preparers, for most of our services, we charge one flat fee. We’re helpful, compassionate and affordable.

We service the entire East Bay and North Bay areas

Berkeley, El Cerrito, Richmond, Pinole, Alameda, San Leandro, Castro Valley Newark, San Lorenzo, Concord, Alamo, Danville, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley, Discovery Bay, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Livermore, Tracy and Fremont. Our clients also live in the Napa Valley, Benicia, Vallejo, Martinez, Fairfield.