The last six months have taught us that if anything good could possibly come from the COVID-19 crisis, perhaps it’s the heightened awareness that life is fragile... and ever so precious.
“We’ve been extremely busy as people are now realizing that estate planning is a must,” says attorney Mary Beth Kelly, who founded her law office in Lake Mary to give families peace of mind through estate and long-term care planning, probate and trust administration, guardianships, special-needs planning, Medicaid planning, and providing other essential services. “Planning is so important, because in an instant the opportunity to plan can be gone.”
Indeed, countless families are coming to Mary Beth now, not because their elderly parents are sick or incapacitated, but because the coronavirus crisis has brought to light just how at-risk our older population can be.
“What we’re seeing in the news every day – it is for those situations that we plan,” says Mary Beth. “That’s what we’re here for, to help people prepare before a crisis becomes reality.”
Mary Beth reports wills and trusts are not the only important documents on the minds of her clients these days.
“Many families are asking about powers of attorney,” she says. “Everyone should have a power of attorney. It gives a loved one, or friend, the legal authority necessary to help with financial tasks and medical decisions for you, but it must be signed while you have capacity. Unfortunately, many times it is too late for our older clients to sign a power of attorney, and guardianship then becomes their reality.”
The most difficult step in the estate-planning process, deciding to plan, is also the fastest and the easiest: simply picking up the phone and contacting Mary Beth’s office. From there, Mary Beth and her caring staff will guide you step-by-step to set up a plan and provide you with the tools your family will need to face any crisis. Everything at the Law Office of Mary Beth Kelly is done with compassion and unparalleled expertise.
“Often, it’s those who are older who don’t want to reach out and make that call – they just don’t want to think about it,” says Mary Beth. “But now, it’s their children who are pushing them to call. They know it’s important, and once we get started, the parents soon realize just how important it is, too.”