The Power of Staying at Home
Contributed By Caroline Currier
With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arkansas surpassing 1,000, it is more important than ever that vulnerable populations shelter in place. If you are a caretaker of a vulnerable individual, it is essential that you remain healthy and have all of the legal tools necessary to assist your loved one, such as up-to-date Powers of Attorney, during this time of uncertainty. Medical and financial institutions will require proper legal authorization in order to retrieve records or medications, or make necessary purchases on your loved one’s behalf.
The attorneys at Miller Butler are consulting with clients and preparing Powers of Attorney while maintaining social distancing practices. Almost everything you need from us can be delivered remotely without your setting foot outside, as long as you have a good phone or internet connection. From the safety and comfort of your home, you can get just about all the way to the goal: peace of mind from knowing that your family or another trusted person can pick up the reins for you, so you or your loved ones get the care you need.
In these challenging times, we all must do all we can to strengthen our resilience, optimism, good planning, and teamwork. Here is how to safeguard your and our health while you access uninterrupted legal services.
- We invite you to take advantage of internet capability. Of course we would love to see you in person, but, these days, let’s keep in close contact outside of physical presence. If you have a good phone or internet connection, we can meet together via phone or video conference. You can get and send documents via email. We can stay connected “virtually” so that in most cases, you can get everything up to (but not yet including) signing, without budging from home.
- Once we begin seeing clients in our office, we will take every precaution CDC recommends. We all are conscientious about strict infection-control protocols, physical distance, and frequent sanitizing of high-touch surfaces. For now, you will be welcomed with a warm smile instead of the usual handshake or hug!
However, your help is essential. Please, if you aren’t feeling well or are showing symptoms, reschedule your appointment or ask about alternative means of meeting.
- For now, our clients and friends in hospitals or nursing homes can’t count on us to visit as we used to. However, facilities usually have people on hand who can witness and notarize signings. They also have internet connectivity. So your or your loved ones’ documents might still get created, updated, and signed in most cases, even though we can’t physically be together. These days, given the current realities, it is more important than ever that especially vulnerable people get current documents in place.
Now is the time to make sure you and yours have the proper documents in place, so your trusted person can handle legal, financial, and health-care decisions for you if you cannot do so yourself. Take the few easy steps to get prepared. We can help prepare these important documents and guide you through the decision-making process. Please contact our office via phone at 479-621-0006 to set up a remote appointment with one our Estate Planning or Elder Law attorneys.
May we all stay safe and well.