COVID-19: PLANNING FOR THE WORST IS WHAT WE DO HERE

Updated as of: March 8, 2022

DGVE law cares deeply about the health of all our clients and team members and all of our extended family members, neighbors, and friends. We are also in the business of providing peace of mind and serving as a source of comfort and order in the event of a tragedy.  The following is about both our plan and yours.

WE HAVE BEEN HERE FOR YOU, NONSTOP, THROUGH THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC

As early adopters of technology with paperless practices, our team already had everything we needed to be able to shift gears rapidly, beginning on March 12, 2020, to be able to collaborate together while providing our clients services remotely with minimal interruption.  For the first couple months, we alternated working from our homes around Boston and from our offices in downtown Hingham Square, finally returning to working full time in our offices in June 2021.

HEALTH & SAFETY

Throughout the pandemic we have adjusted to changing advice and safety protocols, carefully adhering to the various precautions including requiring properly-fitted masks, frequent hand-washing & sanitizing, enhanced cleaning protocols, ample social distancing between team members, and the use of medical-grade HEPA filters throughout the office.  As circumstances have changed and adapted, so have we. We will continue to adjust and apapt as necessary and appropriate going forward.

Our team members are all very grateful to be fully vaccinated, though we remain mindful and respectful of the fact that some of our clients' family members still are not yet age-eligible and other members of our own or of our clients' families must remain extra vigilant due to their heightened risks for severe complications from COVID-19.

As of March 8, 2022, we will no longer be requiring every visitor to wear a mask to enter our offices though we encourage you to make the best decisions for your own health and safety and to let us know if you would feel more comfortable if we wore masks as well as we would be more than happy to do so for your comfort.  We are all, collectively, readjusting to our ever-changing circumstances and each individual's own comfort levels. We continue to adhere to more frequent cleaning and disinfecting protocols and to use the medical grade HEPA filters throughout our offices. If we are feeling ill, we will stay home cautiously and we ask you to do the same.

CONVENIENCE & OPTIONS. MEET WITH US ONLINE or IN OFFICE - YOU CHOOSE.

Meeting remotely via free, secure video conferencing with screen-sharing is easy and convenient and we've become adept at it over the course of the last couple years as you probably have too! We provide step by step instructions to make it easy for you to use your preferred internet browser and enable your camera and microphone access in advance.  We recommend you use a latptop or desktop if possible as the larger your screen will be easier for you to view documents we share onscreen) though you may also use a tablet or smart phone if need be.

In addition to meeting with us remotely, you may also safely, easily, and conveniently schedule your appointments, complete all necessary “paperwork,” and make all payments, any time day or night, online, from the comfort of your home. As always, you are welcome to contact us any time at:  781-740-0848 or info@dgvelaw.com or you may click here to request an appointment.

YOUR ESTATE PLAN

It is always vitally important for you as a legal adult over the age of 18 to have ready access to your own critically important legal documents, including your medical directives (to allow the people you trust to access your medical records, contact your health insurance providers on your behalf, and express your wishes and manage your transportation to or admission or discharge to or from any medical facilities). Your financial powers of attorney can also help ensure continuity of management of your bank accounts and bill-paying in the event of your temporary inability to do so yourself. 

All DGVE law clients who have completed their estate plans with us should already have complete sets of their comprehensive estate planning legal documents both on paper and in electronic format (the electronic format depends on the year in which we last saw you!). Any clients who need copies of their legal documents can contact our office for assistance. Our clients should also remind their trusted loved ones that our firm is here to help our clients and their trusted agents as needed.

If you are already a member of the DGVE law client family and you want to schedule a review of your existing estate plan, please click here.

If you are not a DGVE law client yet but would like Attorney Danielle G. Van Ess to review and advise you about your existing will, trust, health care proxy, living will, and estate plan, please click here.

YOUR LOVED ONES' HEALTH CARE PROXY, POWER OF ATTORNEY, WILL, OR TRUST

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of so many of our family, friends, and neighbors and we have also lost so many loved ones to other causes in the midst of this global coronavirus pandemic. Through it all, we are still here to help guide you through the overwhelming practical decisions, the logistical challenges, the financial mysteries and complications, and the relationships between all the other people involved.  We can help you understand how to serve as a health care agent under a Health Care Proxy for your loved one, how to access medical records with a HIPAA authorization, how to pay bills and manage property using a general durable Power of Attorney or a Trust, or how to administer your loved one's estate through a Last Will and Testament or Trust.

To schedule a consultation with Attorney Danielle G. Van Ess to discuss your role in helping your loved one, or to learn how to probate an estate in Massachusetts, or how to administer a trust in Massachusetts, please click here.

Wishing you well always,

The DGVE law Team