A letter from Lead Attorney & Owner, Susie Germany
I wanted to share with you that due to the COVID-19 situation, we are receiving a lot of questions about the safety of long-term care facilities right now as well as questions about Wills, Trusts, Medical Powers of Attorney, Financial Powers of Attorney and Living Wills/Advanced Directives, if people get sick and cannot manage their own affairs or health decisions.
In this time of uncertainty, we have had people contacting our office, wondering if it is too late to get their planning in place. It is not too late. Our office is open and our attorneys and staff, who are working remotely from their homes, are available to answer questions by phone and meet with clients virtually—by phone, Skype or FaceTime over the next several weeks. We are working on detailed plans to be able to get people’s estate and disability planning done and delivered to them in such a way that protects our staff and our clients.
A frequently asked question is what happens if someone does not have a medical power of attorney or an advanced directive. Please read this article on our blog regarding this issue. https://www.coelderlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4246/2017/10/Important-Legal-Docs-Everyone-Should-Have.pdf We have also written a blog on what happens if people do not have a will or trust. https://www.coelderlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4246/2017/10/Basics-of-Wills-What-Happens-if-No-Will.pdf While we do not think the current situation should cause panic, there is no harm in good planning.
Our Governor and our state public health officials are closely monitoring the situation, and our long-term care facilities and their dedicated staff are doing the best they can in a difficult situation, along with our health care workers and first responders. It is important however that family members are aware of each individual facility’s emergency plan.
We are here for you, and as a longstanding member of this community, our firm is not going anywhere and will be here for you during this next few challenging months. Call us or email us if we can answer any questions.