COVID-19 and Elder Law Healthcare Directives

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown why making a will and other legal preparations is important for the elderly and others at risk of such diseases. Most states have made provisions for drafting and witnessing these documents virtually, and Compton Law Firm provides this online service without worry of social distancing.

COVID-19 Advance Healthcare Directive
Advance Healthcare Directive
If you or a loved one are at risk of COVID-19, establishing an advance healthcare directive is vitally important to ensure your wishes are carried out. If hospitalized, doctors MUST BE INFORMED OF YOUR DECISIONS IN ADVANCE as the family may not be permitted to visit and cannot know or access your medical records without proper documentation. Further, your finances and estate’s other affairs will not be managed without advanced planning and placing a person in charge with legally defined and enforceable tools.

“If you become deathly ill and unconscious in a hospital bed, no one can help you,” states attorney John Compton, “by then — unless you regain consciousness and can talk to your family — it’s too late! NOW IS THE TIME to establish or renew your Wills, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills and Health Care Powers of Attorney. You should make sure you have all the bases covered in the event that you or your loved one becomes terminally ill or passes away. Please don’t wait to get these plans made — DO IT TODAY!

Compton Law Firm provides remote legal assistance to all South Carolina residents.

Like other states, South Carolina allows attorneys to meet online with clients to create such wills, trusts, and advance healthcare directives. Compton Law Firm’s online process of preparing these documents is becoming increasingly streamlined and user friendly. Technology for virtual meetings allows Compton Law Firm to not only discuss and prepare these documents, but also arrange for their being officially signed remotely.

My firm is committed to protecting the lives of South Carolinians impacted by adverse health events such as COVID-19, and to simplify the process of doing so. All of your needs can be met with ease from the comfort of home, or even in the hospital, using today’s technology — if one isn’t too sick to talk.” Online legal services allow you to obtain these vital protections without fear of public exposure or travel, and can place your mind at ease knowing you are covered if you get very sick or become hospitalized.

The novel “SARS-CoV-2” (COVID-19) virus is a very tricky and unpredictable virus whereby you can get sick, recover, and then get sick again. Information relating to the virus is still changing, and experts have not been able to predict how it will behave, nor if a vaccine will be discovered, let alone accessible. To make matters worse, those infected may not even be aware they have COVID. Individuals have assumed their sickness was a “cold” only to find themselves hospitalized thereafter with Acute Respiratory Syndrome and placed on a ventilator.

“Initially, the public was told that young people couldn’t die from it. Now, we are seeing young children dying. The truth is that NOT EVEN THE DOCTORS KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT. No one knows! Even if a vaccine is discovered, the virus could mutate. The possibilities of this pandemic are endless,” states Compton. As of June 2020, the National Institute of Health has stated that “there is still much to be learned about the nature of this virus,” and “the clinical manifestations range from a common cold to more severe diseases such as bronchitis, pneumonia, severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), multi-organ failure, and even death.”

“The good news is that Compton Law Firm has been helping clients through virtual interaction for two years, and is prepared to help with completing these documents.” Compton includes that in the event you become ill, Compton Law Firm can still assist you, so long as you are able to communicate with your family and have access to a smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

Those over 65 years old are at increased risk for COVID. Also, medical professionals have identified numerous “comorbidities” — health conditions that increase one’s chance of becoming increasingly ill if they contract another disease such as COVID-19. Diabetes, Kidney disease (dialysis), Hypertension, other cardio-vascular diseases (heart and arteries), COPD, malignancy, obesity, missing vital organs (Spleen, for example), are permanently paralyzed, or other immune system problems all increase the risk of serious health complications or even death.

Planning is Important for more than COVID-19

Having an advance healthcare directive is important for any adverse health event. Without an advance directive, doctors or hospital staff may waste time looking for a next-of-kin or person with authority to approve treatments. That lost time could mean the difference between your life and death.

“Three years ago, I almost died in a wreck. Fortunately, I had a Health Care Power of Attorney (HCPOA) in place. To make a long story short – if I did not have the HCPOA in place – I would not be alive today to give you this information. Legal documents CAN save your LIFE. They did for me. They could for you.”

Proper planning saves yourself and your family from the troubles, stress, and anxiety of managing these healthcare and financial decisions.

For more information and to start the document preparation process, visit Compton Law Firm provides remote legal assistance to any resident in South Carolina.

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