SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Nobody wants to think about their own mortality, but the pandemic is forcing many people to have tough conversations about the future.
Santa Clarita resident Jeanette Alazzam was one of those people who, after talking with friends, made the decision that being prepared with a will and testament and medical directive was important during this time of uncertainty.
“Either somebody knew somebody that ended up in the hospital and didn’t have family with them, and felt not in control. So now this gave people a chance to say, 'You know what? This is a topic we need to talk about. This is something we need to address. We need to get it assessed. We need to do it now,'” Alazzam said.
Alazzam, who's married with two kids and lives in Santa Clarita, had previously used My Protection Hero—an online platform providing protection services—for car insurance. But amid the pandemic the site, which typically serves employers, has made vital documents like Will & Last Testament and Medical Directive free for everyone.
“Sixty-five percent of the adults in the United States do not have a will or a power of attorney for medical. And so there’s a real need out there. And given the time we face, we figured that this was a good chance to do something that was valuable, something that wouldn’t cost people and offer this for the next period of time until we get through this together as a nation,” said Co-Founder Doug Plank.
Alazzam doesn't want to think about the worst case scenario but is relieved she's prepared in case.
“You don’t want the people that are surviving to wonder what your will and testament was, what you wanted. The best thing is to do it now. Get it done, have it done because you never know,” Alazzam says.