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In other years, we would easily brush aside a little sore throat, a feverish feeling, even being short of breath after climbing a flight of stairs. Spring in Central Texas brings a host of pollen and, with it, the flowering of allergies.

This spring, we wonder.

Is it time to get our affairs in order? 

Plan to live.

Know that you may get sick and may even need to be hospitalized.

What if you are? Are you ready?

Sign a HIPAA Medical Information Release Form allowing the doctors to talk with the people you name and let them know what is happening.

Sign a Medical Power of Attorney naming someone to voice your decisions when you cannot. You do not need a notary: two witnesses will do. Attach a letter saying what you would say if you could speak. You may be on the mend. But the person you name as agent will still be distressed. Guide them. Attach a letter pointing them in the direction they should go.

This is different from making end of life decisions. For those, use the Advanced Directive to Physicians.

These are all available for free on this website.


Other helpful resources regarding Coronavirus:

Who is At Risk of COVID-19 and What You Should Do

Expert Coronavirus (Covid-19) Protection

Protect Your Finances during the Coronavirus Pandemic




Estate planning attorney, Terry Garrett, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is active in the Texas and Austin Bar Associations. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.

She assists families of people with special needs, people planning for the retirement years and people administering estates.

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