To our clients and our community:
First and foremost, we are hoping everyone is safe. The global effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 is presenting everyone with difficult challenges. Our community, our businesses, and each of us as individuals, face uncertainty regarding how to best handle the coming weeks. We are all in this together and we will, despite the challenges, all work through this together.
The Sarasota and Manatee courts have postponed all court hearings except for emergencies. In the meantime, we are continuing to work across all of our practice areas. We have established digital platforms and flexible working arrangements for all our staff. If a mandated shutdown is ordered, we will remain available remotely with minimal interruption, to continue to assist you on any existing or new matters.
Our preference for meetings and consultations is to take advantage of our current technology which allows us to meet “virtually” with our clients who are unwell or who would prefer not to travel to our offices. You need no more than a computer with a video camera and audio. Of course, you always have the option for a telephone conference with one of our experienced attorneys.
In-office attorney consultations and document signings will continue; however, we take the health and safety of our clients and staff very seriously. We are following precautions provided in CDC recommendations with respect to the Coronavirus such as vigorous handwashing procedures for at least 20 seconds with antibacterial soap; practicing social distancing, which includes the elimination of handshaking, hugging or touching; disinfecting of all conference rooms after each appointment, and the placement of hand sanitizers for client and staff use. In addition, please note the following:
- We respectfully request that you arrive on time for your appointment as we will be strictly adhering to the designated time for all scheduled appointments. If you are early, please call the office from the parking lot before entering the building. Our goal is to reduce the number of visitors in the waiting room.
- If possible, please bring no more than one person with you to your appointment. We appreciate that having the support of a family member or friend is valuable. Therefore, we ask that if you want more than one family member or friend to participate in the meeting, arrangements can be made to have them available by telephone and/or video teleconferencing.
Our Firm remains committed to serving our clients and community as the challenges of the coming weeks confront us. Many of our clients and their families may find themselves in an urgent situation regarding their estate planning, the use of powers of attorney and especially advance health care directives and living wills. If you are experiencing such a need, we will work with you to develop a safe, efficient way to assist you as best as possible under the circumstances.
Ira, Daniel, and the team.
We are Advocates in Aging.