Hearing about the 3,600-plus deaths in Michigan from Coronavirus (COVID-19) is certainly tragic. But how many of those people had a will, trust or end-of-life plan in place?
Not nearly enough.
Now, the surviving families of COVID-19 victims who didn’t have an estate plan face unimaginable stress for months — perhaps years — battling the courts instead of grieving the loss of their loved ones.
In our latest video, David Mammel, chair of Chapman Law Group’s Estate Planning & Administration practice, explains that “about half of us have plans that we’ve actually made with wills, with powers of attorney, with trusts.
“And then the other half have a plan that they may not even know has been made for them by the state of Michigan. So if we pass away without a plan, we’re going to deal with the state of Michigan’s plan — and it may not be a plan that you like.”
Fortunately, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has allowed estate planning attorneys like David to put plans together remotely during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order.
Under her April 8, 2020, executive order (“Encouraging the use of electronic signatures and remote notarization, witnessing, and visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic”), people can sign their estate plan documents such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney and deeds in the comfort of their own homes, so long as the parties:
The convenience of an at-home set-up, along with the free time Michiganians now have because of the stay-at-home order, makes this an ideal moment to establish or update your estate plan.
“For many people, unfortunately, their lives have slowed down by this COVID-19 time period,” David says. “Take the opportunity now. Realize that you have some additional time, and now the governor has made the opportunity available to you [so] you can plan from the beginning to the end. Realize that this is a time for you to take advantage.
“Carpe diem, if you will, for your own self.”
In our video, David and Chapman Law Group founder Ronald Chapman Sr. also discuss other estate planning matters you should know, including:
As all of us are in a state of uncertainty during COVID-19, we encourage you to take the time to reach out Chapman Law Group for your estate planning and administration services, such as:
“So many people forget about the fact that when they plan, they’re not just planning about who receives their assets,” David says. “They’re also planning for themselves, for the security of knowing the right people are in place at the right time when they need it most.”
Let us put a plan together to bring you and your loved ones peace of mind. Contact us today.
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