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Local Lawyer Offers Living Wills to Florida Educators and First Responders

By Molly Rene

After months of at-home learning, many Florida students will be returning to their classrooms in August. With the fall semester swiftly approaching, teachers are gearing up for upcoming 2020 school year and the challenges they will face. Education bloggers across the country have been getting creative with ideas on how to uphold social distancing practices in the classroom with everything from hands-free sanitizing stations made out of PVC pipe to plexiglass partitions between desks. While these tactics will make this year look different compared to those in the past, perhaps the biggest change is found in these teachers’ back-to-school supply lists: Kleenex, hand sanitizer, and wills.

Teachers, with families of their own, have growing concerns about how they can protect themselves if and when they are exposed to Covid-19. In the event that they become ill and are unable to make decisions for themselves, how can they ensure that their healthcare is handled in accordance with their wishes? It’s a difficult conversation to have, but an important one, and one that many Florida teachers are finding themselves having with their loved ones as they consider drawing up a living will. A living will, also known as an advanced health care directive, is a legal document that outlines how you want to be cared for in the event that you are unable to speak for yourself or you are put on life support. It’s also a document that, in light of a global pandemic, is a necessity.

Recently, a number of lawyers in Florida have begun offering free or discounted living wills and estate planning to teachers who are affected by the re-opening plan. One of those lawyers is Natalya Evans, Esq. with Your Family Matters, P.A., a local firm right here in Sarasota. With four young children of her own, Evans feels that offering these services is a way for her to give back to the local teaching community.

“I have great appreciation and respect for the incredible work that educators have always done for our children and the sacrifices they are making now through Covid,” Evans said, “Including potential risks of Covid exposure, in order to provide education for our children and support our families”.

Your Family Matters, P.A. is offering free or discounted living wills to local educators and first responders and their spouses. They are providing these services through one-on-one meetings as well as live or online educator/first responder group meetings. For those interested, it is a stress free first step towards making sure that their livelihood is protected while on the front lines of the pandemic. The firm also offers free educational webinars on estate planning which can be scheduled on their website.

Evans understands the hard work and dedication that educators put in for their students and wants them to know that their efforts do not go unnoticed. While talking about the services she is extending she said, “This is a way for us to support [our teachers] in return and to serve our community”.

While educators have mixed feelings about returning to in-person learning, they should feel secure in the knowledge that they have a legal document filed away that will protect them during a worst-case scenario. No one wants to imagine themselves facing those tough calls but it’s important to know that the law is on your side protecting your interests. Natalya Evans wants to help make that happen. With over eleven years of experience in family law right here in Florida, she knows the importance of being educated and prepared. Litigation adds fuel to the fire of an already emotionally strained situation so she has dedicated her practice to helping individuals establish proper plans to protect their loved ones in times of need. In offering these free services and webinars to educators and first responders, she stands by her firm’s motto: Your Family Matters.

Interested parties can schedule their own 15 minute informational telephone call or planning session online through http://www.scheduleyourlawyer.com/natalya-evans. Information about the free estate planning webinar can be found at https://yourfamilymatterslaw.com/webinar.

If you or a loved one has additional questions, you can reach Natalya Evans, Esq. at 941-275-2786 or support@yourfamily.legal