At McPherson Law Offices, we are changing with times in order to serve our clients. We are on our 3rd week of virtual conferences and “drive-thru” signing of estate planning and other documents. With these new procedures, we can serve clients throughout Illinois, Florida, and Wisconsin. Although we welcome these changes as a way to better serve our clients, like all of you we will miss the way things were.
In the last 20 years there have been three events which have changed the United States and the quality of life in this country. The first was 9/11, the second the so-called Great Recession, and now the third, the Coronavirus Pandemic which it appears will kill thousands in this country. Americans now must stand six feet apart, not shake hands, not congregate in groups of more than 10, no more funeral visitations, no more eating in restaurants, and finally the mandatory closing of non-essential businesses. Most of these restrictions will end in a month, but some will become part of America. It may be an America of no handshaking, no hugging, and an acceleration of meetings by telephone or video conferences. There will fewer annual meetings of organizations, and for that matter, fewer weekly and monthly meetings of clubs. 9/11 created a police state at our airports where American citizens are treated with contempt by a new government bureau, the TSA. The Great Recession destroyed the hope of many of our citizens for economic security, and now the Coronavirus Pandemic may destroy any feeling of intimacy among the citizens of this country.
Even in this new environment, we will continue to serve our clients. We may be doing it in new ways, but we will continue to deliver the high caliber of legal serves that our clients need and deserve. We thank all of you during this time and look forward to seeing you soon whether it is in person or virtually.
On March 20, 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court ordered that the Chief Judge of each Circuit may continue trials for 60 days and until further order of the Supreme Court. Illinois Supreme Court’s Order.
On March 25, 2020, the Chief Judge of the 15th Judicial Circuit, continued all trials for 60 days from March 20, 2020, and until further order of the Illinois Supreme Court. 15th Judicial Circuit Order
We will continue to monitor this ever changing situation for our clients. Please call us if you have any questions about your matter.
In Illinois, we are sheltering in place, but essential businesses and operations continue. Please take a look at the order. Attorneys and many others are essential businesses.
As I said before, our goal is to protect our clients, our team, and our community.
To achieve our goal, we went to virtual meetings only this week. It went well. However, this week we halted any signing and witnessing of documents in person to protect everyone. Next week, we will start “drive-thru” signing and witnessing of documents for those who cannot wait to complete their planning. We will do this in our parking lot with disposable clipboards and pens. More to follow next week.
Be well my friends!
Our goal is to protect our clients, our staff and our community. To meet this goal, we have taken the following three actions:
- We are meeting via telephone or video conference with our clients and other professionals.
- We will use e-signing anytime we can.
- We are developing a procedure for “drive-thru” signing of documents that need witnesses. We will be ready to sign your trusts, wills, and other documents very soon through our “drive-thru.”
As many of you know, civil matters in the 15th Judicial Circuit have been continued for at least 30 days. Please check with us if you have questions about your matter.
We are constantly monitoring the situation and are here to help and advise our clients.
Thank you and stay healthy!
The judiciary of Illinois’ 15th Judicial Circuit should be commended for taking swift and decisive action to combat the spread of COVID-19 and for protecting the citizens of the Circuit. Thank you to the judges of the 15th.
Chief Judge Hanson states, “Out of an abundance of concern for the health and well-being of the citizens of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle and Stephenson Counties, and consistent with the recommendations of the Illinois Supreme Court, as well as the County Health Departments within our circuit many of the civil and criminal cases in the 15th Judicial Circuit will be postponed and suspended beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020 and continuing through Friday, April 17, 2020.”
During the period of suspension, all civil matters not deemed an emergency will be postponed to a future date.
Any clients with questions about the status of their matter should give us a call at 815.235.4411.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, a happy holiday season, and a prosperous new year.
The above article was in the Tampa Bay Times recently, but could been in any paper in this country. An elderly person loses his assets to someone who is supposed to be helping him. In this case a 92-year-old man was swindled out of more than $500,000 by a person who ran a company called the Florida Guardianship Services. The man had appointed this person as his agent to manage his finances, and also to make his healthcare decisions. It is so important that when you are in good health that you execute appropriate documents to provide for the management of your assets and healthcare in the event you are disabled. In this case the man had done this, but he failed to name a successor agent to serve when his daughter died. He was in a nursing home, and the home recommended a professional guardian who later stole from him. It is important that you review your estate planning documents to be sure that they provide for contingencies such as the death of your primary agent. Unfortunately, there many people out there who will steal your money if given the opportunity.