Governor Inslee just made Washington's pending e-notarization law effective immediately. This allows remote notarization and witnessing of estate planning documents immediately (there was already approved legislation, but it would have been several months before the activation date).
Please - there is no reason not to ensure you have made adequate legal preparations for this pandemic. At the least, ensure that 1) you have a clear Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions so there is no confusion/delay at the hospital, 2) you have an Advanced Healthcare Directive that provides clear instruction to your medical providers and loved ones regarding life sustaining measures (e.g. ventilator, artificial nutrition, and similar treatments), and 3) you have a Durable Power of Attorney that gives someone you trust the power to act on your behalf if you were to become ill and under self-quarantine.* We are offering discounted "COVID-19 Preparedness" packages on a sliding fee scale to Washingtonians, and are committed to the most efficient turnaround to ensure that you are prepared heading into the coming weeks (or months).
Fill out the contact form below for a discounted estate planning consult - and let me know in the comments if you prefer a video conference consult or a telephone consult.
*Now is also an excellent time to ensure that you have a Will or Trust as well - but the documents I listed are most critical to the current situation.
Breckan Law PLLC continues to follow evolving recommendations by the CDC and state/local government officials as we all work together (apart) to get through this pandemic.
Until further notice, the office will be fully operational on a virtual platform. All consultations will be discounted and available through your choice of Facetime, Skype, Zoom, or Telephone. We are generally also happy to accommodate another technology of your choice.
Nearly all signatures can be obtained by simply sending you an email with a link to click to place your e-signature.
Original signatures are very rarely required - when they are required, an attorney and mobile notary can come on site and (in compliance with CDC recommendations) obtain the original signatures. This process usually involves 1) an outside location with a flat surface appropriate for signatures, 2) only necessary persons present, 3) all persons maintaining at least a six foot distance at all times, 4) disinfectant of all surfaces, pens, and documents. This process is only if you are not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, and have not been diagnosed with the virus.
With these tools in place, we will be able to serve both new and existing clients in all of our practice areas.
We look forward to doing our part to get through this challenging crisis faced by our community and country. Throughout, we will be advancing justice - every step of the way.
Breckan Law PLLC