Because all of our staff members are currently very healthy and not experiencing any symptoms, we will remain open for business. Although a handful of clients have canceled their appointments due to concerns associated with the pandemic, new clients have scheduled appointments to meet with us. Some new clients have stated that they are now motivated more than ever to do their estate planning. Amidst the panic, people want to be prepared for the unexpected. They want to have peace of mind about an area of their lives that they can control.
Because our firm primarily serves the elderly population--the most vulnerable group of people in this pandemic--we have been in contact with many of the long term nursing facilities in our community. We have one employee who is being screened to be given special permission to gain access into one of the major nursing facilities, but other than that one employee, we have learned that we will not be permitted to enter health care facilities for clients to sign their estate planning documents. We have appointment times available for people who want to come to our office next week. We are going to do our best to stagger appointments in our three conference rooms, so that we don’t have large crowds of people in the building at the same time. We are also sanitizing all of our conference rooms before and after meetings.
At a minimum, we encourage everyone to have Ohio health care directives in place so that others have the legal authority to make health care decisions for you. During this month, we will provide complimentary health care directives to the public. We will have extra forms on hand for people who want to stop in our office to pick up the forms. We will not be responsible for completing, witnessing, or notarizing the forms or giving advice about them. We will do our best to accommodate everyone during these uncertain times, so please do not hesitate to call us if you need any assistance with your planning needs.