Koldin Law Center E-Newsletter discusses how the Koldin Law Center, P.C. is working with clients during the Covid 19 Pandemic
This edition of the Koldin Law Center E-Newsletter discusses how the Koldin Law Center, P.C. is working with clients during the Covid 19 Pandemic.
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Estate Planning is Very Important During this Pandemic
The Covid 19 pandemic has brought great challenges to our world. Estate planning law firms were deemed nonessential businesses during the stay-at-home orders. Throughout this difficult time, we received numerous phone calls and emails from new clients and existing clients wanting to make sure their affairs were in order.
Whether it meant reviewing existing wills, powers of attorney or health care proxies, or creating these important documents for people who don’t have them, never has it been more important to ensure that you are protected in the event of an illness.
The greatest challenge that we are currently facing as a law firm is how to best serve the client while maintaining a safe environment for both our staff and the client.
The Koldin Law Center Office is Now Open
We are very proud of the steps we have taken to serve our clients in these trying times. We are very pleased that the governor has allowed our entire staff to return to the office.
We have taken great measures to make sure that our office complies with the requirements necessary to maintain a healthy and safe working environment.
We have also created a procedure that has allowed our office to continue the exceptional services that our clients have enjoyed over the last 50 years.
Our clients are still able to sign new documents, including wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies and trusts.
We are also available to handle the Medicaid Application process for you to ensure that your rights are protected.
This newsletter will outline our current procedures until we are able to meet with clients in the traditional manner.
Our Office Procedure During this Pandemic
Step 1: Initial Meeting by Telephone or Videoconferencing
Any meeting with clients to discuss or review their estate planning needs will either be done over the phone or through videoconferencing via FaceTime or a Zoom conference.
During this meeting, it will be as if the client is in our office. The attorney will obtain all necessary information to allow us to prepare whatever estate planning documents are necessary for the client.
Step 2: Send Prepared Documents to Client
Once our office has prepared the documents, we will email or mail the documents directly to the client for the client’s review.
Step 3: Document Review Meeting by Telephone or Videoconferencing
Our office will schedule another telephone or video conference, where the attorney will review the documents in detail with the client as if the client was sitting in a conference room in our office.
Once the client has reviewed the documents with the attorney, the next step will be the signing of the documents.
Step 4: Document Signing at Our Office Parking Lot
The signing at our office will normally take place at a table in our parking lot, where the clients can sit and our staff will stay more than 6 feet away while wearing a face covering.
This parking lot signing procedure will not be a lengthy process because we will have already reviewed all of the documents during the prior virtual meeting.
The table and chairs will be cleaned with disinfectant both before and after the meeting. If the client wishes to stay in his or her car, the client may sign the documents without leaving the car.
This process has worked seamlessly so far and creates a healthy and safe environment for both our staff and for the clients, while providing the clients with exceptional service.
The feedback from our clients has been extremely positive. During this process, our clients receive the same time, attention and care as if they were in our office.
We look forward to our continued relationship with our existing clients and welcome new relationships with future clients.
At the Koldin Law Center, P.C., located in East Syracuse, New York, we have over 50 years of experience helping individuals plan for immediate crisis and long term care. Our attorneys are available to discuss your estate planning options, including the advantages and disadvantages of Revocable Trusts and Irrevocable Trusts, along with other estate planning considerations including a Will, Power of Attorney, and Health Care Proxy. We do not charge a fee for the initial consultation. We welcome your children, family attorney, accountant, and/or financial planner to be present at the initial consultation.
There is something you can do.
Our Attorneys are available to speak to your organization
Our Attorneys speak to groups throughout New York State as a public service. If you would like to arrange for one of our Attorneys to speak to your group, please contact our office.
We appreciate your referrals
We have been told by many clients who are in a crisis that they wish they had known about our firm much sooner. We are proud of the many families we have helped in times of crisis.
We are also proud of the many families we helped avoid financial crisis by doing estate planning in advance.
We all share the responsibility for making our family and friends aware of the planning options available to them.
Your referral to the could make a major difference in the lives of your family and friends if they are someday faced with a long term illness.
Remember that the offers many services for clients of all ages. Our services range from basic estate planning such as a simple will to complex estate planning including asset preservation planning.
THERE IS NO FEE FOR THE INITIAL CONSULTATION