Pandemic Planning

Over the past year, some Americans have been using their quarantine time to master baking, learn new trades, or binge-watching popular shows like, The Crown. But a large part of the population is barely staying afloat amongst caring for aging parents, online schooling, and surviving day-to day. In fact, Kelton Global found that 40% of Americans have said they don’t have the time for self-care at all, with 1 out of 3 feeling guilty for taking any self-care time. Not surprisingly, more parents (45%) vs. childless adults (32%) say that they simply don’t have time to engage in caring for themselves. We understand if you are pushed to your limits without any time to accomplish your own to-do list or self-care. What if we could help you plan and help you achieve something far greater to you and your loved ones? What if we could finally help you set up an advanced medical directive or living will, from the comfort of your own home, with limited time involvement?

Wiles Law offers virtual estate planning, whenever it’s best for you. Estate planning has never been so easy and so convenient. In the time of COVID-19 there are just no guarantees on how your body will react to the virus or the variants, so it’s important to have a medical plan, also known as, an advanced medical directive, set up at a minimum. And for those ready to take the next step, we can help protect your wishes through a simple living will or living trust. Dying without a will or trust in place leaves huge unanswered questions for your heirs. Unfortunately, if you pass with only a will, the state of South Carolina will decide who is legally entitled to inherit your estate through the Probate process. There is an easier way for you to plan and your heirs to inherit your legacy.

Making an estate plan during the pandemic has become the new normal. We’ve met with many clients via phone or video call. We even offer curbside signings, so you never have to leave your vehicle. After we listen to your needs, we’ll collectively strategize on the best route or document for you. Next, our team will build your official estate plan, handle all of the paperwork and review it with you securely, so every decision is personally made by you. Whether you’d like to meet virtually or in-office, our team will walk you through our easy 3-step process to assure you fully understand your estate plan options and feel at ease with next steps. Our goal is to take the additional time burden away and do the work for you, so you have more time to focus on your family. There is no need to worry, every single decision will be made personally by you. We understand that life can get in the way of planning, and that’s where we come in to help. Our estate planning attorneys will plan everything out based your wishes and needs, so you don’t have to worry about the execution. Wiles Law Firm was built so you can embrace the future, not fear it. You’ll immediately have peace of mind knowing that everything has been handled on your behalf. With less worry during these challenging times, you can finally focus back on what’s most important.

We understand your need to think about your wishes in advance. As you prepare, please think about the following, or download our free e-planner as a guide.

•  Identify who is in charge of your affairs and your dependents

•  Decide on arrangements for physical items and keepsakes

•  Identify who receives assets

•  Think about funeral arrangements, burials, or final requests

Have you wondered if you could afford estate planning? You are not alone. In fact, it’s one of our most asked questions. The answer is “yes.” If you don’t have an estate plan, it can cost your heirs far more in the long run through Probate and lawyer fees. At Wiles, we’ll build a plan that works for your lifestyle and budget. Plus, we typically charge flat rate pricing vs. hourly, enabling you as much time as you need to make decisions and ask questions. Some of our estate planning documents start as low as $390, making this the best economical decision you’ll ever make.

Have you encountered a major life event? Many of us have had a major shift in our lifestyle and family dynamic during the pandemic and we’re here to support you. You aren’t alone during this shift and we can help you revisit your existing plan also. Here are some events that could cause you to rethink some of your planning:

Marriage or Divorce

Birth or Adoption 

New Home

Death of Loved One

There has never been a better time to put yourself first. You are important. Your wishes are important. And your estate plan is important. Let us help you take the next step to protecting your assets and preserving your legacy. Call us today for a free consultation. Stop worrying and start living again!