New Year’s Day and Christmas Spent in the Emergency Room

Prepare Yourself and Your Family for the Unexpected

You never know when an emergency can hit. Whether it’s a sudden turn in health or an accident, a trip to the emergency room is almost always an unexpected and unwelcome surprise. If you or your loved ones don’t have your paperwork in order to communicate your wishes, the trip to the emergency room can cause even more stress. At Safe Harbor, we believe that a big part of estate planning is saving your family and loved ones from further undue stress in already difficult situations. That’s why we encourage everyone to consider a life and legacy session to understand the best way to plan their estate and find peace of mind.

Call us today to learn more about our services and how we help you protect yourself and your loved ones.

What You’ll Learn From This Video

  • A trip to the emergency room is almost always unexpected.
  • Having your wishes on paper in the event of an emergency saves your loved ones from stress!
  • Safe Harbor Estate Law can help you with your estate planning to find peace of mind.


Margaret Barrett: You never know when you might be going to the emergency room for yourself or for a loved one. When this year started, I never dreamed that I would be in the emergency room four times. It all started on New Year’s day when I took my mom to the emergency room. She’s 89 now and she’s doing fine. I also took her to the emergency room in September. Both we and her doctors are careful of mom due to her age. So both times they sent us to the emergency room for symptoms that turned out to not be life-threatening.

Then on March 5th, I was nervous but enjoying my first time driving a snowmobile by myself on the Gunflint Trail. I never dreamed that later that morning, I would end up in the emergency room of Grand Marais after a snowmobile accident. Thankfully my broken vertebrae, my concussion, my brain bleed, and other injuries all healed after a few days in the hospital, some therapy, and a few weeks at home. I could have easily died or suffered a permanent spinal injury.

Finally, on Christmas Day, I took my brother to the emergency room. His doctor wanted him checked out to see if he had pneumonia. He did have COVID pneumonia, but thankfully it was mild and he did not need to be hospitalized. So all four of my visits to the emergency room this year turned out relatively well. But even if they didn’t, I and my loved ones have the peace of mind of knowing that our legal paperwork is all in order.

We often hear from families who have a loved one in the hospital who does not have the paperwork in order, and it’s too late to get it in order. At a time when they are already under great stress, they need to go through a lot of extra hassle, pay thousands of extra dollars, all in an attempt to get their loved one’s wishes fulfilled on an emergency basis. It is heartbreaking to see.

We want you and your loved ones to have peace of mind knowing when trips to the emergency room or other challenges come up, that you have done everything you can legally to protect you and your loved ones. Want to learn more about making trips to the emergency room less stressful? Call us today and schedule a life and legacy session. We will educate and empower you so that you can make the best decisions for you and your loved ones.

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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