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By Kristin Daugherty, Long-Term Care Planner

Okay, I’ll admit it. I am a total type “A”. I like a plan, organization, and most importantly, everything to go according to plan. The last few weeks have been rough. Balancing the “new normal” of working remotely and all the distractions. Not only is my husband working remotely, but my 5-year-old and 10-year-old are here, and my oldest has 3-4 hours of school each day (which I am very thankful for). Covid-19 has completely turned my world upside down. My husband and I played the first two weeks by the seat of our pants. We went hour by hour trading off the kids and responsibilities. It worked, but it was stressful. Week three, we went in with a plan. We mapped out the entire week and tried to stick to it. It was still stressful, but phew, I was thankful that we finally put a plan together. It saved us a lot of energy, and more importantly, stress.

I am also thankful to know if something does happen and my husband or I fall ill during this time that we are covered by with good estate planning documents. You may think we are too young to have powers of attorneys and last will and testaments in place, but in our line of work I have learned to never assume when someone will get sick or when someone will die.

Knowing that if I do get sick that my husband has full authority to talk to any healthcare providers, admit or discharge me from a hospital, and be an advocate for my care is the such a relief! Having a plan is peace of mind. During these unknown times, I think this is the best we can do – give each other peace of mind.

Powers of attorney are an essential document that everyone single person should have. These documents designate who can make decisions for you in the event you cannot make the decision. This is relevant to health care decisions, financial decisions, mental health care decisions, and end of life decisions. This is the time to take control of what we can and put these essential documents in place.

I have learned to loosen up a little and reflect on what I have – health and my family. It hasn’t always been easy, but when my son says to me that we are now his best friends, it melts my heart. At the end of the day, I can only control what I can control, and peace of mind is something that I decide.

At Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, we have a team of attorneys, Certified Medicaid Planners™, and support staff that are ready to help you with your peace of mind. Call us today at 1-800-351-8334 to schedule your FREE consultation, available by video or phone.

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