Now is a good time to act
My office building, Americenter, is now open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. I am now able to meet with clients in the conference rooms, provided certain protocols are followed. We all must wear masks and maintain safe distancing. The number of people allowed in the conference rooms has been reduced and Americenter is taking cleanliness and sanitation measures very seriously. Because of this, I feel confident in meeting my clients in the office again.
For anyone who in not yet comfortable with meeting in person, I am always available for telephone and video conferences. Governor Whitmer’s executive order allowing the witnessing/notarization of documents by video conference expires on June 30, 2020. I don’t know if this will be extended but am hoping that it will be.
This is a great time to get your estate plan in order. Our COVID-19 numbers are low in Michigan right now and we are enjoying the freedom to start moving about more freely.
None of us know if we will have a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak or not. If we do, then it is important to have the right people in place to make our medical decisions and handle our finances if we are incapacitated and cannot do them for ourselves. At a minimum, every adult should have a Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney for finances and a Patient Advocate Designation (sometimes called a medical or health care power of attorney). If you have minor children, the will is where you name who is to be their guardian in the event of your death.
If you have any questions on estate planning, please call Karen L. Stewart, Attorney and Counselor at (248) 735-0900.
For more information, please see my website, www.customestateplans.com.