Will Planning in Uncertain Times

April 6, 2020 |Guy Burgo

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The transcript for the video is provided below:

Hi, I’m Guy Burgo, Vice President for Gift and Estate Design Services at Orchard Alliance.

It’s no secret our world is going through incredibly difficult times right now and we’re all sitting around our homes wondering what tomorrow will bring.

Will it be more chaos or a glimpse of normalcy returning to our lives?

Here’s a funny story. A guy knocked on my door yesterday wearing a handkerchief over his face. Now a month ago I thought I would never answer the door to a masked man. Now suddenly, I’ll only answer the door to someone wearing a mask. It’s nuts, isn’t it?!

In the midst of all this uncertainty, we at Orchard Alliance are here behind the scenes working from our homes and ready to serve in any way we can to be a blessing to our Alliance churches and families. In light of this, I want to share something interesting that’s happening around the country.

After speaking with some attorneys and reading a recent article by Barron’s, apparently many people are rushing to get their wills written or updated due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s really not surprising or odd that this is happening. I think it’s a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. It’s funny but Christian estate planning is my ministry and profession and has been for over 20 years—and my will wasn’t up to date either.

Of course you know how that goes! Plumbers have leaky faucets, mechanics’ cars don’t run, and estate planners’ wills aren’t up to date. So my wife and I made it a priority to update our own wills last week and thankfully the local UPS store was still open and had a notary public and witnesses to make it official for us.

Now if this is something that’s been on your heart and mind too, I want to encourage you to pause for a moment before you pick up the phone and call an attorney. Our team of Gift and Estate Design Consultants have over 50 years of experience helping families design their wills and trusts from a Christian perspective. We’ll help you pray through the process and weave biblical principles into your plan so you’ll end up with a will that reflects your faith and values, not just a legal document.

This may seem like a foreign concept, but families we serve absolutely love seeing how scripture plays such a vital role in developing the best plan for their family. For example, did you know that Proverbs 20:21 tells us that “An inheritance quickly gained in the beginning will not be blessed in the end”? So we’ll show you how to structure your children’s inheritance in a biblical manner. 1 Timothy 5 tells us that taking care of our parents and grandparents is pleasing to the Lord, so we’ll show you the best way to do this if you have parents in need.

We’ll fully prepare you from a Christian perspective to have your will drafted by your attorney. If you don’t have an attorney, we’ll help you find one. Or if your plan is simple enough, we may be able to recommend an online service for you. We can help you quickly over the phone so you can stay safe and not have to worry about social distancing.

In no time at all, you’ll have a will that protects and provides for your family. You need to understand there is no cost or obligation. This is a ministry from The Alliance to you. Just give us a call at 833-672-4255 or send us an email at [email protected] to schedule a phone appointment. We would be honored to serve you.

Let me end with this. May the Lord keep you and your loved ones safe and use you to share the love of Christ during this difficult time. God bless you.

For a complimentary appointment to discuss your will or estate planning needs with one of our Gift and Estate Design Consultants, contact us at your convenience at 833.ORCH.ALL (833-672-4255) or by email at [email protected].


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