Due to the essential services we provide, we are remaining open. As of 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020, businesses that are classified as "Essential Businesses" are encouraged to remain open. In addition to essential business employees, the public is allowed to go to appointments at Essential Businesses, per Director Amy Acton's stay-at-home order that she issued on March 22, 2020.
To be frank, death is still happening. Our practice area tends to the sick and to the elderly, so these people are counting on us to stay open. The court is still holding us accountable for our deadlines. Original signatures must still be witnessed and notarized. Most of our practice does not allow e-signatures. If we shut down, then we can't serve people who need end-of-life planning. Amidst the panic, people still want to be prepared for the unexpected. They want to have peace of mind about an area of their lives that they can control. We encourage you to visit our website if you have any questions about our office hours or services.
Our staff has collaborated together to come up with an emergency response plan to ensure that our clients and staff are safe at all times, including, but not limited to, allowing our employees to work from home when feasible, maintaining six-foot social distancing, hand-washing and sanitation, temperature taking, and sanitation of office supplies and conference rooms. Our emergency response plan is in compliance with the Social Distancing Requirements in Director Acton's stay-at-home order.
Although our office is open for business, we will travel to you during the stay-at-home order, and our travel time will be at no additional cost. We will prioritize ALL of our clients, no matter where they live in Ohio, to ensure that their estate planning needs are being met. We have formulated a unique plan to ensure that documents can be signed safely and meetings can continue to be held. We will share that plan with anyone who wants to explore options other than coming to our office.
We are in this together. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow guidance from public health officials and government agencies, so we can continue to support our clients and the community as needed.
Your Roberson Law Family
Nancy Roberson, Kristina Rainer, Julie Helter, Amy Cary, Jennifer Burkitt, Cheryl Lail, Trisha Webb, Janna Speck, Penny Norvell, Madeline Brandt, and Brandon Eckstein