FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Spokane County Bar Association Legal Tools to Navigate COVID-19

(SPOKANE – March 20, 2020) In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spokane County Bar Association Elder, Disability, Estate Planning Section would like to assist the public during this stressful time, by offering easy steps you can take to put your mind at rest by doing some lifetime planning during this troubling stretch.

  1. It’s a good time to take an inventory of what you own, including liquid assets. Be
    sure to record these, and place the list in a secure location.
  2. Assess the protections you have in place. Do you have enough medical, life,
    short/long term disability coverage?
  3. Learn and take action on advanced medical directives (medical power of attorney,
    health plan surrogate, etc.). Designate the person who will be making those
    decisions. Be sure to have a conversation with this person in advance of designating
    them.
  4. Take action to have a will and/or a trust created by attorney specializing in estate
    planning.
  5. Ensure your bank, retirement accounts, safety deposit boxes have updated
    beneficiary information.
  6. Record and safely stow your electronic passwords.
  7. Make it easy on your loved ones, make a paper file that has clear instructions on
    what to do/ who to contact if you are incapacitated.

These are just a few, simple sets you can do to get started on your plan. Many resources
may be found on-line at no cost to you.

“The plan and documentation you put in place by taking action now will continue to serve
you and your family members long after the COVID-19 pandemic has run its course,” said
Megan Lewis, President of the Elder, Disability, and Estate Planning Section.

The Spokane County Bar Association Elder, Disability, Estate Planning Section consists of
59 Spokane-based attorneys who specialize in these unique legal services. If you are in
need of legal services, please visit www.SpokaneBar.org to find a member attorney near
you.

CONTACT
Julie Griffith, Executive Director, 509.477.2657

 

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The Spokane County Bar Association is a nonprofit civic organization, which works to enhance the
integrity and competence of the legal community and to pursue greater access to justice for all.