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As the number of covid related deaths continues to increase in Madison County, a local attorney shares how more clients are doing their wills this year.

“It’s been a real motivating factor for a lot of people,” said Mitch Tollison.

Tollison at Tollison law firm in Jackson is seeing a significant increase in clients who want to make sure they leave their assets and belongings in good hands.

“Seems like more people, maybe they’ve taken more time to reflect and understand they want to be in control of how they leave things,” said Tollison.

And according to Tollison who has been practicing law for over thirty years, no one is too old or too young to have a legal document saying who gets what is left behind after they pass away.

“At any age, it’s appropriate to have a will, I encourage everyone to have wills,” he said.

Even though Tollison saw an increase in clients doing wills, many Americans still do not have one. In a survey done by in 2017, 42 percent of Americans had a will, since then that number decreased by 25 percent.

“Everyone should have a will. It is peace of mind.”

Legal experts say many Americans may think they don’t have enough assets and some just put the task on the back burner. However, Tollison wants viewers to know, any possession can legally go to a family member or friend after someone dies.

“Maybe your mother’s wedding ring, something of that nature, those things in a will, you can designate those items and make specific requests.”

“Attorney Mitch Tollison says if you haven’t made a will yet, it is not too late. you can also change that legal document as many times as you want, you can even destroy it and make another one.

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