Over the past several months the coronavirus has put many families face-to-face with some of life’s worst-case scenarios.
For example, some families have found themselves in a situation where a loved one, suffering from COVID-19, lacks the necessary capacity to make his or her own financial and medical decisions. In such a scenario, and in the absence of advance directives, the incapacitated person’s family is often forced to make quick, life-altering decisions they are often not prepared to address on behalf of the incapacitated individual.
Such a situation also can cause emotionally charged disagreements between the family members left with making such decisions, which can strain family relationships. Individuals may not have much control over the coronavirus, but preparing advance directives is one way to take control of future financial and health care decisions and to alleviate some of the emotional burden placed on family members in what might be