In recent weeks our country, state, county, and cities have all experienced the unimaginable. We entered 2020 with a great deal of optimism and the renewed sense of energy that a new year brings. Within a few short months, a deadly virus has claimed the lives of over 100,000 Americans.
As an estate planning, elder law and estate administration law firm, we are having conversations daily with our clients about their own health and what happens when they are gone. These are important conversations to have regardless of whether the world is in the midst of a pandemic.
I consider our law firm to be lucky. We are lucky because we can continue to serve our clients and the families of our clients remotely. Safety and the well-being of our clients and staff is my number one priority which is why I made the decision in March to partially close the office in advance of Maryland’s stay at home order. As the country and state begin efforts to reopen, I want to take a minute to reflect and discuss what I see for the next few weeks and months.
Currently we are able to run a fully operational law firm remotely. The entire firm has access to what they need from home. We are able to have telephone or video conference meetings with clients, and we have implemented a series of measures to allow for our clients to safely sign their important estate planning documents. We will continue in this way for the time being. As eager as many people are to return to “normal”, we are not living in a normal time. Despite the designation of being “essential” by the government, we are fortunate enough to be able to not have to physically be in an office to continue that essential work. Much of the newly released research suggests that COVID-19 spreads more easily and more quickly indoors in close quarters. This is how we typically operate client meetings. Physically close in a conference room with the doors closed and sharing papers and a great deal of time together.
We are still here to serve your estate planning, elder law, and estate administration needs and not only are these concerns our priority, your safety is as well.