By Lee Carpenter |
As 2020 draws to a merciful close, the season of giving that typically rounds out the year promises to be different. The festive gatherings we usually enjoy will be muted, if they happen at all. Video calls may substitute for the physical embrace of family and friends. And the exchange of gifts we all look forward to will likely take place through the likes of UPS rather than in person.
With so much less to plan for this year, many people are busying themselves by tackling overdue tasks. Homes are being spruced up, important papers are being organized, and missing socks are being paired with their long-lost partners.
What makes this year different, of course, is the global health emergency that makes the one thing we treasure most—human contact—unadvisable. It also makes us mindful of our own fragility and how much we value the time we have with the people closest to us.
One way to make use of this period of reflection is to plan for the unexpected in our own lives. Estate planning is a good place to start.
Lee Carpenter is a Maryland attorney whose practice focuses on estate planning and administration, trusts, and general business and corporate law. His estate-planning work includes a special emphasis on the unique needs of same-sex couples… More
Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP is a full-service mid-Atlantic law firm representing individuals, corporations, developers, and contractors, as well as professional organizations and nonprofits in the following areas of law: estate and trust administration, corporate law, intellectual property, employment, commercial real estate, complex civil… More
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