COVID-19 Makes Planning Your Estate More Important Than Ever

Why You Should Act Now To Have Your Wishes Documented

With the Delta and Lambda variant spreading of late, revisiting COVID-19 advice is important. In this video, Margaret Barrett explains how important it is to establish your paperwork in case of a COVID emergency. From expressing your medical care wishes to having your estate in order in case the worst should come to pass, now is the time to get your ducks in a row with a thought-out and documented estate plan.

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What You’ll Learn FROM THIS VIDEO

  • Why COVID-19 safety measures could make it more difficult to get your paperwork done should you be hospitalized.
  • What could happen if your medical care directives aren’t made clear.
  • How important it is to have your wishes documented for yourself and your loved ones.


Margaret Barrett: If you are watching this video, you are concerned about how COVID-19 could affect you or your loved ones. It’s scary to think about becoming ill and being isolated from your loved ones for possibly weeks at a time, or even worse, eventually passing away. I believe in hoping for the best, but planning for the worst, so I have three reasons why COVID-19 makes it more important than ever to get your ducks in a row.

First of all, you want to get the medical care you do want, and not get the medical care you don’t want. If you’ve heard the stories, you may not want to be put on a respirator, or you may be more determined than ever that you want to stay at home as long as possible, and not go into a facility where you could be locked down. In order to get your medical wishes, you need to have your paperwork in order ahead of time.

Second reason to get your ducks in a row, is that once you have COVID-19, it is usually too late to get your paperwork in order. This is because you’ll be in a hospital or facility that’s on lockdown, and I can’t meet with you, and if I can’t meet with you, I really can’t get your paperwork done. And if your paperwork isn’t done, your loved ones need to go to court and spend thousands of dollars and go through a major hassle, because it’s too late to get the paperwork done.

The third reason to get your ducks in a row is that the courts are more backed up than ever. They’ve been closed for a couple months now and they’re just opening with restrictions and phone hearings and people still working from home. So things are going slower, and on top of that, that sadly there are more deaths due to COVID so we are expecting a bigger backlog than ever because there’s more cases, and because of the delays caused by COVID. So more than ever you want to avoid probate, and if you don’t care, your loved ones care, because they’re the ones who are going to be left holding the bag.

The good news is, getting the legal paperwork together, when done properly, will take care of these scary problems and more. The best day to call us was yesterday, the second best day is today! Please give us a call. We are here to help you.

Author Bio

Margaret Barrett is the Founder and Owner of Safe Harbor Estate Law, a Saint Paul, MN, estate planning law firm she founded in 2013. With almost 15 years of combined experience in litigation and Minnesota estate law, she is dedicated to representing clients in a wide range of estate law matters. Her practice areas include estate planning, asset protection, elder law, and more.

Margaret received her Juris Doctor from the William Mitchell College of Law and is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Ramsey County Bar Association.

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