By Joseph E. Balmer   |   March 28th, 2020

What Is The Most Important Thing A Senior Should Do Amidst The Corinavirus Pandemic? Start With Estate Planning.

estate planning coronavirusWhat should seniors do regarding estate planning in the Coronavirus era? We have all seen some of the research and statistics. Those over 60 and those with underlying medical conditions are considered high risk for developing the Coronavirus . The mortality rate for those ages 80-89 who contract the virus is over 14 percent, and for those ages 70-79 it is over 13 percent.

What should seniors do? The most important thing is to have an estate plan in place. It can be a basic plan, but a basic plan is much better than nothing. Most people would be surprised how many seniors lack basic estate planning documents. Make sure you have basic health care documents. If you get sick, it is critical that you have a Durable Power of Attorney for health care. Otherwise, your loved ones will have to petition the Court to establish a guardianship over you. If you don’t want life support, if you are permanently unconscious, or terminally ill, you also need a Living Will.

What if you need to self-quarantine? Having a General Durable Financial Power of Attorney may be critical. This would allow a family member you designate to handle your financial and legal affairs for you if you become unable.

The Need For Estate Planning For Everyone

Finally, everyone needs a Will or Trust. If you are a business owner, you need a succession plan. If not, you still need basic estate planning documents to ensure that your assets are transferred at death how you want and as efficiently as possible.

Here is a link to a more in-depth article I wrote about the importance of having 4 basic estate planning  documents in place for the Ohio Family Law Blog. Click here to read it.

Also, while I have your attention, there is another significant law change which became effective the first of this year. The SECURE ACT has changed several longstanding retirement planning provisions. Click here to read more about those changes!

It is times like these that, while we must not panic, we all must make sure our affairs are in order for any possible situation that may present itself. It is just the smart way to think to protect both ourselves and our loved ones.

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Joe Balmer Trusted Dayton Estate Planning AttorneyAt Holzfaster, Cecil, McKnight & Mues, located in Dayton, Ohio, top-notch estate planning doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive! To learn more, go to our website at Or, please contact us at (937) 293-2141 to schedule an appointment for an initial consultation which can be conducted either by phone or in person.

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About The Author: Joseph E. Balmer
Joseph Balmer manages the Probate, Trust and Estate Administration department at Dayton, Ohio, law firm, Holzfaster, Cecil, McKnight & Mues, and has been certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law since 2006.


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