Watch the TV news and every night you'll see the growing tally of coronavirus cases -- and the increasing number of people who have died from it.
Attorneys are seeing a growing interest in people who want to draft or update their wills. And online sites that help people with those documents are seeing a boost in interest as well.
"COVID is a wake up call," said Renee Fry, CEO of Gentreo, an online-estate planning platform. "People are saying they don't know what the future holds but they want to be prepared."
Some don't want to even think about creating or updating a will because it makes them realize that there's no guarantee on how long anyone has to live.
But many are facing their mortality, and planning for the future, as more than 1.3 million cases and more than 78,000 deaths -- including more than 1,000 Texans -- have been tied to coroanvirus in the United States.
Fort Worth attorney Lisa Jamieson said she's had more people than normal ask in recent months about creating or updating wills.
Some say they've talked about it for a while and finally want to move forward; others ask how quickly the legal documents can be created.
"Everybody is more concerned about getting it done now," said Jamieson, an attorney with Bourland, Wall & Wenzel in Fort Worth. "They want them and they want to get them done now, just in case something happens."
Who needs a will?
Many attorneys also make sure other documents -- such as powers of attorney, directives to physicians, medical powers of attorney and designation of guardians -- are done at the same time as a will.