We’re Still Here!
We hope you and your family are taking care and following recommended precautions and guidelines during these unprecedented times.
We have had a number of calls from concerned clients (and potential clients) that we might not be available. Nothing could be further from the facts. Unfortunately, trying times like these force people to think about many of the issues we deal with routinely (Medicaid nursing home qualification, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney). We will be here for you.
We are, however, altering some of our practices to make sure that both you and we stay safe. Some of these alterations you may actually enjoy.
Fortunately, we at Mason Law, PC, are quite experienced at working remotely. One of our paralegals lives in Memphis. We have a benefits specialist in both Lexington (as in barbecue) and Annapolis (as in Maryland). Our trust funding specialist moves back and forth regularly between Randolph County and Virginia. As you know, I split my time between Asheboro and Charlotte. Therefore, we have been “prewired” to work remotely and most of our clients have no idea whether we are physically in our offices or elsewhere.
The only inconvenience is you may get a request to leave a message. Please, please leave that message. Just a short name and number will do, and one of us will get back to you promptly.
Immediately we will offer you the opportunity to meet with us via a video conferencing service (see my article below). I looked high and low for a user-friendly service and have tried it out on a few friends and clients. The service is called Zoom. In fact, you may find it quicker and easier because we will not have to worry about my physical location (Charlotte or Asheboro) and we can easily loop in other family members in other parts of the country.
No Handshaking. I Smell Like a Can of Pledge!
For those meeting us in the Charlotte or Asheboro offices, be assured we have developed an office protocol. Social distancing is in effect. No hand shaking (that one was very strange for me). Plenty of hand sanitizer. Slightly rearranged conference rooms. And every morning and after every client meeting all surfaces (tables, chairs, doorknobs) are wiped down with disinfectant wipes.
We’re working on ways to do will signings and other documents requiring notaries. Obviously difficult in a ‘social-distancing’ sense and impossible if someone is quarantined (either at home or in a nursing home). I have been very much involved with the legislative committees of two bar groups working on this issue. This past weekend I was assured by a very high government official in Raleigh that discussions were underway to devise some way around these problems, at least on a temporary basis.
Finally, I am working on a few online seminars. I’ll keep you posted.
Hang in there! I have a 102 year old Mom in assisted living I haven’t been able to see in a couple of weeks. Which means this whole thing has been much more than a colossal inconvenience to me. And I can only imagine the fear and concern others are experiencing (especially in areas harder hit than North Carolina).
Take care. We’ll stay in touch.