COVID-19: PLANNING FOR THE WORST IS WHAT WE DO HERE
Updated as of:January 18, 2021
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. We want to take a moment to share our plan with you, and also to remind you about your plan.
WE ARE STILL HERE FOR YOU
Since March 2020, our team has alternated working from home and from our offices in downtown Hingham Square. As early adopters of technology with paperless practices, our team already had everything we needed to be able to shift on a dime to collaborating together while providing our services remotely. In our offices we established many new safety 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.
YOUR SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE
You can safely, easily, and conveniently schedule appointments, complete all necessary “paperwork,” and make 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to request an appointment.
Since March 2020, we have been conducting all client meetings remotely via free, secure video conferencing with screen-sharing and we will provide you with step by step instructions to do so simply using the browser on your computer, tablet, or smart phone with camera and microphone access.
If you would prefer to hand deliver original or confidential documents in person instead of uploading them to us online, we are able to retrieve mail and accept deliveries at our entry door, but we are not accepting any visitors or guests into the offices until further notice. Please be sure to contact us first to ensure that we are not all working remotely from home that day.
Whenever possible, we will send you documents to sign electronically.
When it is necessary for you to sign your original legal documents by hand in front of Witnesses or a Notary Public, we have developed a Safely-Distanced Signing Procedure to help you do so as quickly and safely as possible under the circumstances. (During the coronavirus pandemic, we are not offering Notary Public Services to the general public.)
Weather permitting, we offer Safely-Distanced Sidewalk Signings™ just outside our offices on South Street in downtown Hingham Square.
During cold and inclement weather, we quickly sign in the expansive conference room upstairs inside the DGVE law offices, with properly-fitted face masks, hand sanitizing, and respectful maintenance of social distance between us all required.
If need be, we can also do Remote Notarization via recorded video conferencing for our clients' estate planning legal documents, though the process is slower, costlier, and more cumbersome, so whenever possible we do recommend a Safely-Distanced Signing instead.
YOUR ESTATE PLAN
Under any circumstances, but especially now, it is wise 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. Each member of the DGVE law team empathizes more than we wish we did. We are 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,