COVID-19: PLANNING FOR THE WORST IS WHAT WE DO HERE
Updated as of: July 24, 2020
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 HERE FOR YOU, WORKING FROM OUR OFFICES
Our team is back working, safely distanced and with many new precautions in place, in our offices in downtown Hingham Square. We are able to retrieve mail and accept deliveries, but we are not accepting any visitors or guests into the offices at this time. We are able to do almost everything securely electronically and we welcome you to call, email, text, or use the links here to schedule appointments.
Call, text, or email us any time at: 781-740-0848 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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DGVE LAW REMOTE WORK POLICY
DGVE law has had a remote work policy and been as paperless as possible for a law office for years. Each member of our team was able to quickly transition to working remotely when we shut down our offices in March 2020 and would be able to do so again at any time. We are open, working full time as usual, and we are here, wherever that may be, to help you as needed.
YOUR SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE
You can schedule appointments at your convenience, complete all necessary “paperwork,” and make payments securely online, from the safety and comfort of your own home. Our remote process is easy and convenient.
VIDEO CONFERENCING AND CONFERENCE CALLS
We are conducting all initial consultations and follow up meetings via video conferencing with screen sharing, which is is the next best thing to being able to be together in person for now. It is comfortable, convenient, and working well for all of our clients. We provide clear instructions for so you can join our secure meetings simply using the browser on your computer, tablet, or smart phone.
SAFELY DISTANCED LEGAL DOCUMENT SIGNINGS AND NOTARIZATIONS* (for clients only)
Whenever it is possible, we will send you documents to sign electronically. When it is necessary for you to sign your original legal documents by hand with Witnesses and/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. Please note that during the coronavirus pandemic, as a safety precaution, we are not able to offer Notary Public Services to the general public.
Weather permitting, we are still doing Safely Distanced Sidewalk Signings™ just outside our offices on South Street in downtown Hingham Square.
If the weather won't cooperate, we will quickly sign in the expansive conference room upstairs inside the DGVE law offices, with 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 an existing 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 in the midst of this global pandemic. Each member of the DGVE law team empathizes with and is 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, access medical records via a HIPAA authorization, pay bills and manage property using a general durable Power of Attorney or Trust, or help you 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.
YOUR SMALL BUSINESS
As another small, local business we empathize deeply with all of the practical, logistical, and financial challenges this coronavirus poses to your small business. We are keeping informed regarding all the new laws, regulations, and possible avenues for assistance. We can help you strategize, offer suggestions, spot risks, and advise you about how to minimize them. We are available to consult with and make strategic referrals to other professionals for further assistance as needed.
To schedule a consultation to review and discuss your business' legal needs, please click here.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact us, at any time, with any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you for allowing DGVE law to continue to be of service to you and to your loved ones during this challenging time.
Wishing you well always,
Danielle, Jennifer, Alex, and Amber