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COVID-19: Office Precautions & Flexible Meetings for Clients

Posted by Steve Worrall | Mar 12, 2020

UPDATE: In light of recent recommendations by the CDC, and the White House, and other governmental agencies, including the Amended Emergency Order and the Orders extending the Judicial Emergency entered by the Supreme Court of Georgia, we are rescheduling ALL in-person in-office meetings and going ALL VIRTUAL immediately as of March 15, 2020. This is for the safety of our clients, our team, and our families. All meetings during that time will be by telephone or video.

As estate planning and elder law attorneys, our practice is dedicated to serving our most vulnerable citizens, including seniors, those who are ill, disabled, experiencing mental health challenges, and children with special needs. 

We deeply understand the anxiety and hardships that the current coronavirus outbreak is causing to everyone in our community. 

We have also heard from many people who want to talk to our lawyer about creating a will, trust, power of attorney, healthcare directive, etc.—just in case--  but they need more flexible options for doing so (for example, some of our families have loved ones in nursing homes who can no longer leave). 

Here is what we are doing as a firm to make sure that you can get your questions answered and get your affairs in order in a safe and easy way: 

  • We are keeping our office as sanitized as possible. For those who can make it in to see us, rest assured that we are dedicated to keeping our office a safe space to protect our most vulnerable clients. At this time, we are not closing our office. We do, however, ask that all visitors to our office understand our departure from traditionally accepted demonstrations of professional respect, like shaking hands. Please indulge us in accepting bows or virtual "high-fives," etc., from at least 3 feet away.  Please also use the hand sanitizer on our conference room table and/or wash hands well upon entering our office and practice hygiene etiquette such coughing or sneezing into your own elbow while also turning your head away from others present.
  • We are waiving our consultation fee for estate planning cases. We know that you have questions and perhaps you are worried about getting sick or winding up in the hospital for any length of time without a legal plan for your family and assets in place.  To help remove any obstacles to getting your affairs in order, we are waiving the fee for our initial consultations until April 15th
  • Phone, Zoom/Skype, or Webinar meetings are available. Thanks to technology, we have flexible options to meet with your family virtually in the event that you do not feel comfortable coming into the office or if you are under quarantine. Unfortunately, for meetings in which estate planning documents are being signed, we have to meet in person with witnesses and notaries. If you'd like to use these technology alternatives for all other meetings, just let us know.
  • If you are sick or symptomatic… please stay home. Again, we can meet with you virtually or reschedule at your convenience. We have also created flexible arrangements for our team (Karen and me) so we can also work from home if either of us is not feeling well. This is for everyone's safety.

Please know that your family's health, comfort, and safety are our TOP priority.  We are here to support you in any way necessary.  Simply use our "CONTACT" form or call the office at 770-425-6060 to let us know how we can help. We will get through this together!

About the Author

Steve Worrall

As a sandwich generation kid himself (caring for both children and aging parents), Marietta Georgia Estate Planning Elder Law & Probate Attorney Steve (Stephen M.) Worrall KNOWS the struggles you are facing as you raise children, balance the demands of your job, and take care of your aging parent...