Thinking Outside the Box

Thinking Outside the Box

Covid-19 is causing anxiety on just about every level. One way I see it playing out is in people preparing their own estate plan documents because they fear the worst should they catch the virus, but they think the “stay home, stay safe” orders prevent them from meeting with an attorney. (Side note: Do-it-yourself documents are never a good idea! In all the years our attorneys have practiced law, none of us have ever seen a DIY estate plan that was worth the paper it was written on.)

It is true that working remotely presents its challenges, but with technology and a little creativity, we’ve been able to help clients establish new estate plans, update existing ones, and accomplish a wide variety of transactions over the past couple of months.

And, thanks to the Governor’s recent easing of some of the restrictions affecting law firms, we now have a little more flexibility in how we operate. Guidance published by the state pursuant to Executive Order 2020-96 permits lawyers to personally meet with clients when “they cannot perform the work remotely or cannot comply with their ethical obligations by performing the work remotely” – so long as social distancing and other mitigation measures are adopted.

So, if you’re anxious to get an estate plan in place or updated during the pandemic, please don’t hesitate to contact us at or (248) 477-6300. We can get it done!

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