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Spending Time with Loved Ones During the COVID Holiday Season

Elder in front of Christmas treeA year filled with many challenges, the end of 2020 draws near. We are, however, still far from being out of the woods. It would be a massive understatement to say that the last nine months of adapting to the "new normal" have been exhausting.

While there is certainly hope on the horizon, widespread availability for a vaccine is not anticipated until spring or summer 2021. With 2021 only weeks away, this year's holiday season seems to serve merely as a reminder that the social traditions of years past, at least for the near future, are no longer a part of a healthy lifestyle. 

To stay connected with loved ones this holiday season, please read the following article from AARP: 7 Questions to Ask While Planning for Holidays During the Pandemic. This article features answers queried from top experts to questions such as:

  • If I do host a holiday gathering, are there any rules I should put in place for my family?
  • A relative had COVID-19 several weeks ago. Can he or she still make me sick?

You will also find a "Holiday Gathering Safety Checklist". For more recent updates on the coronavirus pandemic, please visit our Coronavirus Legal Resource Page for articles, videos and other tools to navigate the latest legal trends concerning COVID-19.

While hosting a virtual holiday party this year would be the safest choice, if you are planning to physically visit with loved ones this holiday season, please do so safely and responsibly.

We wish you a healthy and happy new year!

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Survivor's Checklist

Due to the shock of the death of a spouse or a loved one, the steps of what needs to be done first can be an overwhelming process for the survivor(s). To aid in the breakdown and to act as a tool amidst the emotional days ahead, estate planning Jonathan "Jay" David has assembled a "Survivor's Checklist" of some of the important things that need to be addressed when a spouse or loved one dies.

Resources and Support for Older Adults Living Alone: A Comprehensive Guide (2024)

Below is a comprehensive guide of resources for older adults living alone, empowering them to thrive independently and access essential services. This guide was created and provided with permission by the National Council on Aging (NCOA).

Resources and Support for Older Adults Living Alone: A Comprehensive Guide (2024) (ncoa.org)

COVID-19 Checklist & Elder Organizer Tool

For adult children responsible for their elderly parents and other senior caretakers concerned about protecting loved ones as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, below is a free downloadable checklist of steps to follow to prepare for any possible COVID-19-related illnesses among the most-vulnerable.

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Foster Swift has created a free ‘Elder Organizer’ digital notebook to provide seniors and their caretakers with a toolkit that helps organize doctors’ appointments, medications, and more that can be shared online. The tools below are also available on the Elder Law Resources page.

*For those trying to access these links by smartphone, it is best practice to copy/open the link in a separate tab and download the free Google Sheets app from Google Play or the Apple Store.

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E-book Covers Estate Planning Essentials

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Engaging in estate planning, while essential, is often emotional and generates many questions. How do I protect my spouse and my children if something happens to me? What happens if I become disabled before I pass on? Who will take care of my pet after I'm gone? How do I pass my business on to my children? These questions and more are addressed in Jonathan David’s recently updated e-book, “Estate Planning: You Have to Start in Order to Finish.”

Need Help Planning?

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For more tools, visit our Elder Law Resource page for additional content. Click here to view/download the Foster Swift estate planning brochure to see what our experienced team of attorneys can do for you.