News that life expectancy has reduced over the last year due to Covid-19, particularly for men, is in some respects perhaps no surprise - sad, but nevertheless true with the death rates we have sadly seen. 

Decreases in life expectancy are rare - and it may be 'just a blip' that levels out - but it does give pause for thought. If people may have an increased likelihood of dying at a younger age, the reality is that they will need their affairs to be more organised at an earlier stage - with wills, lasting powers of attorney and consideration of what they would like their care and treatment to look like should they suffer illnesses and require treatment.

It's sensible, whatever your age, to ensure your affairs are in order and your wishes are clear - but perhaps this sobering news of reduced life expectancy will be a trigger for more people to get their affairs in order earlier.