The Coronovirus, Covid-19 has spread throughout the world.
If we think about it, we had never given such close attention to the spread of a virus. Recently, we had the influenza that affected thousands, including children, without the madness and fear of Coronavirus.
The reason we are paying a closer look at coronavirus and Covid-19 is because we are being made aware.
Authorities and the media have made their job to inform the public and push for the public’s action in combating the virus. It seems that they are pushing too much and scaring people. However, this is a way to bring awareness and get everyone to react and cooperate. It is in the best interest of all to work together and be proactive to contain the virus before it arrives at our doorstep.
Thus, it is very important to be made aware of situations. Even when we know something exists or can happen, we do not react to it and are proactive about it unless we are pushed to understand the consequences . Once aware, then we finally do what we have to do to protect ourselves and our families.
From a legal standpoint, it is more important than ever that you understand the legal necessities involved in an emergency situation.
Taking the virus as an example, where those who contracted the Covid-19 Coronavirus must go into isolation for a good 14 days, it is very important to have in place legal safeguards that can help you make your life easier and also that of those caring for you.
A “Power of Attorney” allows an individual of your choice to act on your behalf on “legal matters. It sounds big, but in reality, legal matters are everyday activities such as making a bank deposit, withdrawing money, signing an application, paying bills, hiring individuals to act on your behalf. With the technology we have now, it has become easier to deal with these things. However, if at any point, the person is hospitalized and the health deteriorates, it may be even needed to have someone handle your affairs for you efficiency allowing you to rest and recover.
A “Health Care Power”, “HIPAA” (authorization to access medical records) and “Living Will” become even more important. Most people who have contracted the virus have had mild symptoms. Others have had much more complicated health situations. It is important that at any point, if you cannot make a medical decision for yourself, that you have chosen the right person, the one you trust, to make those important decisions for you.
A Will shall also be included in an estate plan (because we all should have at least a will) but at a minimum, everyone should have those legal documents that will authorize the right person to make the medical and legal decisions for them when needed.
Give us a call and we can work with you to coordinate the preparation of these important documents.
Please be safe, wash your hands and keep hydrated.
Yahima Suarez, Esq.