What We’ve Been Doing to Keep You Safe

Posted on: November 10th, 2020 by Mark R. Friedman

It’s been a pretty wild couple months.

First things got bad. Then they got better. Now they look like they’re getting bad again.

We are continuing to serve our clients and the public throughout this pandemic. If you need legal services regarding a will, power of attorney, healthcare directive, guardianship, nursing homes and long term care, Medicaid, special needs trust, etc., we are here to help. But we also are taking precautions to keep our clients safe.

We have been meeting with clients outdoors on our covered porch throughout the summer and early fall. The furniture is set up so that our clients are sitting more than six feet apart from us during meetings.

We also have been doing meetings via phone and Zoom video chat. As the weather gets colder, we will likely transition to more of these virtual meetings, and fewer in-person meetings.

Some things we need to do in-person, such as will signings. For wills, powers of attorney, healthcare directives, special needs trusts and other estate documents, we try to meet with our clients in person so we can witness their signatures and notarize the documents.

We’ve been doing these signings outdoors, but when it gets truly cold out, we likely will switch to “drive-by” signings. This means we would review the documents in advance by phone or Zoom, and have clients drive up and stay in their cars, sign in their cars, and pass the documents through the window for us to sign during a brief meeting in our parking area.

This is an approach some of our colleagues took early in the pandemic. We believe this approach is sensible because, with clients staying in their cars, it allows us to continue serving our clients with will signings, while maintaining a reasonably high degree of safety and comfort, regardless of how cold it gets, how bad the pandemic gets, or any lockdowns or other restrictions put in place.

We will continue to follow the latest state requirements and medical guidance to keep our community safe, and we will continue to serve our clients.

As this website provides general information and isn’t tailored to your particular situation, it doesn’t constitute legal advice and may not take into account rules and exceptions that affect you. Although updated from time to time, this website may not take account of recent legal developments or differences in laws from state to state. For safety sake, obtain individual legal advice before you act! You assume all risk of acting on information contained in this website. This website doesn’t constitute legal advice, and no attorney-client relationship exists unless FriedmanLaw and you execute a written engagement agreement. Please contact us at 908-704-1900 to discuss engaging FriedmanLaw to help resolve your legal concerns.
Homepage photo: Cows grazing at Meadowbrook Farm, Bernardsville, NJ by Siddharth Mallya. October 23, 2012.
Interior photo: Somerset hills pastoral scene by Lawrence Friedman.