We are continuing to hold scheduled appointments with clients. If you would prefer, we can hold 'virtual' meeting with you via Skype or telephone.
To review, a number of factors informed our decision to keep our office open.
First, beginning last week we upgraded our cleaning and disinfecting procedures in the office. In addition, given the relatively low frequency of client visits, we feel it is appropriate to hold meetings as needed.
Our staff and families are practicing social distancing. No one within our group has symptoms that are consistent with the coronavirus.
Executive Order Restricting Nursing Home and Care Facility Visits
Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order this past Saturday, March 14, 2020 restricting visits to nursing homes, assisted living homes, congregate care facilities for developmentally disabled. As an attorney, I can make a visit if it is necessary to carry out the client's legal business. For the full text, click here. You can also read a slightly shorter version here on our website.
The CMS Has Revised its Coronavirus policy for Nursing Home Entry
Click here to read the guideline from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Courts and Register of Deeds Closed
Our courts and county register of deeds (where we record real estate transactions connected with our estate planning and asset protection work) have announced closures.
The Washtenaw County courts are closed today, March 16th. We are waiting for word about schedule changes beyond today. We have learned that 'non-essential county offices are closed through April 5th. Click here to read the county administrator's announcement. At this writing we still need to learn more about which parts of our court work will be considered essential.
The Wayne County Probate Court is closed through March 27th except for emergency filings. Click here for details.
The Washtenaw County Register of Deeds has closed its public counter effective today. That means we will not be able to do in-person recording of deeds.
Nursing and Assisted Living Visits
We will visit clients as needed. Legal meetings are, of course, important. That said, we will limit visits to those that are necessary. If you have a question or concern, please call us and we will discuss the situation and evaluate whether we can handle your legal issue with other than an in-person visit.
Please call us if you have questions
We will continue to update you. Please be safe - wash your hands, practice social distancing, and purchase the toilet paper you need <smile>.
Please contact us at (734) 475-2100 if you have any questions.