COVID-19 and Crisis Planning

Estate planning for an uncertain future can be an unpleasant task that is often postponed because we like to think we have plenty of time, and we don’t like to think about end-of-life issues. There occur life-changing crises that bring the possibility of sudden tragedy to the front of our thinking, such as the attacks of 9/11 and the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Seniors are at the highest risk for the virus, and while healthcare experts are working hard to mitigate the crisis, senior care goes beyond the health issues. With these facts in mind, there is a renewed urgency for estate planning efforts. This form of protection starts with proper planning and preparation to ensure that safeguards are in place to care for our aging population, in all areas of their lives.

Estate and end-of-life planning can be stressful and difficult for families even during the best of times, but the current pandemic can add an extra layer of duress and confusion to the issue. Social distancing, masks, unemployment, fear, reduced business hours, and other consequences of the pandemic, as well as related scams and frauds, can muddy the waters of estate planning. Much wisdom is needed to find advisers that can help with medical, financial, social, and legal issues.

Not only are seniors vulnerable to the virus — they are also more vulnerable to those who would take advantage of this age group. Seniors and their families need reliable, expert advice to sort out the options and educate them about how best to prepare for the future.

If you need legal advice in managing an estate, trust, other elder law issue or veteran’s benefits, the Law Office of Scott C. Painter can help. We specialize in elder law issues ranging from nursing home planning, guardianship, wills, trusts, estates, veteran’s benefits, and other related legal matters. Attorney Scott Painter is CELA® certified under the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF).

A call to us is free, and the best advice is to act now to educate yourself about your options. Waiting to seek legal counsel may limit your options and be costly. Call now for your free consultation at 610-378-5140 or visit painterelderlawpc.com/ for more information.

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