Effective immediately we are ceasing in person legal business at our office through at least April 13, 2020. We take this step to comply with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-20.
In addition, we have designated members of our staff as critical infrastructure workers as required by Executive Order 2020-20 and as defined by guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As attorneys working with vulnerable elderly and special needs persons our work takes us to the critical areas of healthcare, public safety, and financial services. Click to read more at today's blog post. The names of the designated workers are Madeleine Lamb and William Lamb. We will interpret the need for our workers to meet others in person based upon the requirements of the order.
Persons who seek legal advice should contact us by telephone and we can apply the requirements of the order to their particular situation.
Today’s executive order broadly directs Michigan businesses to cease in person operations. That said, it also allows Michigan residents to receive needed legal services. We provide legal help to people in the identified critical infrastructure services areas of Public Safety, Healthcare, and Financial Services.
To restate, nothing in the governor’s order prevents a person from getting necessary legal help for themself or another person. Call our office at (734) 476-4820 you have a question.
Stay home and stay safe.
- Bill Lamb
Elder Lawyers Are Critical Infrastructure Workers. Read the blog post here.
Monday, March 16, 2020 Update (archived)
Scheduled Office Appointments
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.
COVID-19 UPDATE - Coronavirus
March 12, 2020
Our older clients and their families are among the two groups at highest risk for the COVID-19 illness, according to the CDC. We are posting this message to keep you informed about what we are doing to protect our clients, families, employees, and neighbors.
We are maintaining our scheduled client appointments.
If you have an upcoming meeting and you would prefer to re-schedule it, please call us. We will be happy to set a future meeting date.
Public health officials recommend limiting access to buildings and gatherings of more than 100 people. Our office is located in a building with limited exposure to the public. There are usually fewer than 15 people in our building at any time.
Our work is important to our clients. Long-term care facilities are beginning to limit access from visitors. As attorneys, we have authority to visit our clients in nursing homes. QSO-20-14-NH-03/09/2020. Click here to read the full text of the rule.
We have instructed our staff to stay home if they feel sick, to self-quarantine if they experience symptoms consistent with the coronavirus.
We are doing extra cleaning between appointments and any time we have visitors in the office.
Finally, we are monitoring the news from our public officials - Washtenaw County Community Health Department, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the federal Center for Disease Control (CDC). We will revise our office policies and client visit procedures as our public officials advise us to do.
-- Bill Lamb Chelsea, Mich. March 12, 2020
Call Bill Lamb at Elder Law of Chelsea today to schedule a consultation - and learn how we can help.