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Coronavirus Grief

Living a pandemic has been a challenging experience for many people since it has taken us out of the daily life to which we were accustomed. Routines, ways of working, ways of relating, getting together, living together as a family have changed and, especially for university students, the way of studying with a new way of learning and receiving classes.

COVID-19 and all the restrictions that it brought with it have made us rethink and redesign everything that we planned and hoped to achieve in 2020. When this year began, we heard comments regarding how promising it would be and the combination of numbers to bring many changes to humanity. We started this cycle with great enthusiasm and hope. It marked the beginning of an important cycle, such as their entry to university; for others, it was the closure or the achievement of an achievement: completing university education, graduating, and starting professional practice. However, with confinement and social distancing, all these activities had to be suspended or adjusted, generating feelings of sadness, hopelessness, negativity, lack of motivation, and anguish.

For young people, the pandemic has brought not only physical but emotional and social consequences, since in the face of the loss of social contact, the opportunities to enjoy people of the same age have been considerably reduced, something vital at this stage of development. Faced with confinement, many of them may be experiencing feelings of loneliness and uncertainty very similar to those experienced in a duel since the loss of social environments, physical training spaces, and psycho-affective bonding with people of the same age can affect their emotional state.  

Here are some tips to help you cope with feelings of loss and develop psycho-emotional skills in confinement.

  1. Relieve emotional tension by talking and expressing how you feel about the uncertainty of how this year will end, how the internship will be done, or whether it will be possible to participate in a graduation ceremony. Expressing it with people who are living the same helps reduce sadness, anxiety, and anguish. Feeling that others are in the same circumstances helps you deal with the situation in a better way.
  2. Observing emotions, feeling them, naming, and expressing them help assertive emotional management in crises such as the one experienced by humanity. It is normal to experience sadness, anguish, and anxiety, but these will only be experienced for short periods. For a few days; If they persist and increase, it is necessary to consult a professional and seek psychological support.
  3. Forming and strengthening friendship ties between classmates and career, to promote cooperative learning, and to be a point of support in the face of doubts that may arise.
  4. Disconnect the mind from the negative feelings generated in the face of what cannot be controlled: choose to focus attention on personal growth activities such as meditating, reading, recreation through artistic and recreational activities (playing an instrument, singing, writing, or paint), etc.
  5. Ensuring physical health: respecting meal times, eating healthy, and having a daily exercise routine optimizes and favors brain function and improves mood.
  6. Build resilience, which is the ability to cope with crises and overcome them. This is achieved by adapting to change and being flexible in responding to unforeseen events. See this time as an opportunity for growth in ​​self-learning, the development of creative solutions, adaptation to change, and the use and use of technology to learn, work, and interact assertively.
  7. Build virtual communication and support networks, keeping in touch with loved ones, colleagues, and friends. Make frequent video calls and organize virtual social gatherings. 
  8. Avoid the feeling of NOTHING, as this time can be used to take care of what is happening each day, without worrying about the future. Adopt the philosophy of small steps, fulfilling what is required on each day

Finally, always remember the temporality of this situation: this will pass, and with it will be learning, new skills, memories of life, and new goals.

Law Firms

Title: How To Contest A Will In British Columbia

You may have been denied your inheritance, due to an unfair will, and it is actually a shock to be left out of a family member’s will and this feeling of exclusion will stay with you for years unless you do something about it. So if this has happened to you, you are entitled to make a family provision claim against the deceased person’s estate. The law requires the executor of the deceased’s estate to act fairly and justly by making provision from the estate for the claimant.

Can I Contest a Will in Kelowna BC?

Eligibility criteria vary in different places and you can make a claim if:

      • You are the spouse of the deceased when they died.
      • If you are living in a de facto relationship with the deceased when they died.
      • If you are a child of the deceased, you are entitled to make a will variation claim.
      • If you were once married to the deceased.

Only the spouse or child of the person making the will can challenge the will or make a variation claim if they are unhappy with their share or feel that appropriate provision for proper maintenance was not made for them in the will.

If you are a friend or relative of the deceased, other than the spouse or child, and you don’t feel that the will was fair to you, there are other ways that you can challenge it.

If you have grounds for believing that the will is invalid the decision must be based on one of the following reasons.

      • The will was not signed and dated by the deceased.
      • The will was not witnessed.
      • The situation changed since the will was made, ( if the deceased married again after the will was made the will is voided).
      • Undue influence was brought to bear on the testator, as in the case of a will changing in favor of a caregiver when the testator is in a terminally fragile state.
      • The will-maker revoked the will.
      • You are the spouse of the deceased when they died.
      • If you are living in a de facto relationship with the deceased when they died.
      • If you are a child of the deceased, you are entitled to make a will variation claim.
      • If you were once married to the deceased.

Only the spouse or child of the person making the will can challenge the will or make a variation claim if they are unhappy with their share or feel that appropriate provision for proper maintenance was not made for them in the will.

If you are a friend or relative of the deceased, other than the spouse or child, and you don’t feel that the will was fair to you, there are other ways that you can challenge it.

If you have grounds for believing that the will is invalid the decision must be based on one of the following reasons.

      • The will was not signed and dated by the deceased.
      • The will was not witnessed.
      • The situation changed since the will was made, ( if the deceased married again after the will was made the will is voided).
      • Undue influence was brought to bear on the testator, as in the case of a will changing in favor of a caregiver when the testator is in a terminally fragile state.
      • The will-maker revoked the will.
      • You feel that the will-maker was not capable of making a will.

When you are considered a Spouse?

      • If you are married to them when they died.
      • If you lived with them in a marriage-like relationship for two years until the time of death,

Criteria for making a Legal Will in Canada

      • It must be in writing ( a physical copy).
      • You must be over the age of majority in BC province at least 16 years.
      • You must be of sound mind.

It is important to have a legal will because if you don’t the law will determine how your estate is divided.

A legally valid Will

If the will is valid, only the spouse or the child can challenge it. There can be other reasons for wanting to challenge how an estate is distributed.

The challenge could arise if:

      • The person making the will wasn’t of sound mind when they made the will.
      • Pressure was brought to bear on the testator by another party.
      • The lawyer made a mistake in drafting the document.
      • The executor is unable to satisfactorily interpret the document.
      • If proven, the will-maker failed to provide for an individual in their will.
      • It was thought that the will-maker did not have the understanding or capability to make a will.
      • The will was made while the testator was being threatened by violence, and being isolated from others.

When can a Person make a Will

If they suffer from a Psychiatric Disorder that is controlled by medication they are still able to make a valid will, providing that they have testamentary capacity meaning that they can understand what it means to make a will. That they have an understanding of the value of their property that they own and who they will pass it to. Have an understanding that their will should pass to their spouse and children without unfairly excluding anyone.

Undue influence on a person making a will is considered fraudulent. It deals with a situation where a testator may have been pressured into changing their will. The coercion pressures the testator’s wishes and leads them to change their mind, maybe due to their current mental state.

This can happen when an elderly parent is unduly influenced by an adult child, who may tell lies about his siblings influencing the parent to think badly of the other party. Undue influence can be very hard to prove and often the person bringing the claims against his sibling gets away with the behavior.

Contesting a Will Due to Coercion

Often older people find it hard to make decisions and are easily influenced by those around them. The current law states that the will-maker must not be overborne to the extent where they are forced to make a will. Coercion is a form of pressure that continues and gradually wears the person down until they bowed to the pressure and change the will. It is easy to see that undue influence is not proven easily because the coercion could be continuing for a long time and psychologically the testator would gradually be worn down. Not many wills are overturned for undue influence and coercion, as it is usually impossible to prove. In these cases, there is often a vast amount of wealth at stake, and the person is often frail and easily influenced. So it is much better to make a will while you are strong and independent and if nothing changes, stick by your original decision. Leave it with your solicitor where no one can touch it.

Conclusion

Wills and estates can be a minefield when the whole family becomes involved, and this is where highly specialized legal advice should be sought.

In order to make a proper will you need to be well informed and open to professional advice, just asking friends and family what they would do is not a good move, as self-interest will always prevail. Once you have made the will and an executor has been appointed you can relax knowing that your will is finalized.

Law Firms

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on everyone on this planet to a certain degree or another and its dire effects are expected to continue well into the near future.

The only way for this pandemic to come to an end is when a vaccine, immunity, or treatment is made to counteract it. However, the stark reality at the moment is that the entire population of the world will live with this virus for a very long time until there are valid countermeasures that will be available and proven effective.

With the absence of a feeling of relative confidence, certainty, and safety, no person will be able to function at his or her best. For most people, these unsafe and insecure feelings might no longer be able to return to their normal lives before the spread of COVID-19.

As a human being, when your health gets threatened, your sense of security and safety also get shattered. There is an abundant amount of uncertainty that places a premium on the flexibility for professional service providers and firms to react fast to business, market, economic, and client-related changes.

What strategic actions can professional service providers and firms do in order to survive, grow, and thrive amidst these difficult times?

Analyze and Optimize Expenses and Costs

When the pandemic was only getting started, the majority of clients of professional service providers and firms, aside from clients with stable or explosive demands, were recommended to reduce, control, and eliminate all non-mission critical and non-essential expenses and costs right away and in a meaningful and measurable way.

In professional service firms like Conte Jaswal Personal Injury Law, similar demands are made to all administrative support departments and practice groups. Firm leaders requested administrative and practice departments to re-examine their budgets, expenses, and planned hiring and to make necessary cuts.

However, make sure you don’t make the mistake of reducing your marketing and business development investments. This should be done strategically instead.

Accept the Realities of New Relationships

If there is something that this crisis has taught you, it is that the world goes round because of the people. When people don’t work and interact, the economy and the whole world come to a stop. The success of most businesses such as law firms and others in the sector of professional services is driven by people’s relationships and all relationships and people have changed in more ways than one due to the pandemic.

So, what every professional or individual person does, what they say, how they say it, and how they act to everyone they come across in the different areas of their lives, together with the details they share during and after the pandemic will make an impact and be remembered. This impact is to your brand and reputation that will directly affect the effectiveness of the marketing and development efforts of your business.

Review, Rethink and Leverage All Your Communications

Time is always limited but it is even more so during this crisis. It is a very scarce and valuable commodity for all business professionals. Practitioners and firms must send details in a form that clients like and should know the limitations in time.

Law firms and all other related services can expect many changes during these trying times and knowing how to handle them is the key to continuous success.