Covid-19 Info

Our office’s response to COVID-19

Until further notice, our physical office will only be open for clients who have a scheduled appointment.

Our office remains open, but at this time, we are limiting the number of people in the office.  At this time, we are limiting the number of people in the office to one (1).

If you have a scheduled appointment, please let our receptionist know that you are here, and then wait outside for your appointment.  If you do not have a scheduled appointment, please call our office at (250) 712-2205 and we will be happy to assist you.

If you are dropping off documents, please place them in the white locked mailbox next to the door, or for larger deliveries, in the black plastic bin.  The mailbox and bin are being checked regularly during business hours.

We request that any person entering the office wear a mask and sanitize his or her hands.  Masks and sanitizer are available just inside the door.  Many of our clients are high-risk individuals and we appreciate your cooperation in helping us ensure our clients’ safety.

We ask that clients consider alternative methods of meeting, including:

  • Telephone calls;
  • Skype meetings;
  • Zoom meetings; and
  • Facetime meetings.

We will continue to be available by telephone and email to address our clients’ needs.  We will continue to have access to all records and documents and have plans in place to minimize service disruptions.  In the event of an emergency, we can make alternate arrangements if a meeting is required.

We will be asking clients to avoid the office if they show any symptoms of being sick, or if they have been out of the country during the previous 14 days.  If this is the case, please call our office to discuss alternate meeting arrangements.

We are committed to providing our clients with the legal services they require during this difficult time.

We remain committed to our staff, our clients, and the community.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, or if we can be of assistance.  We will provide further updates as they become necessary.

What do you need to know about the legal aspects of COVID-19?

With the unprecedented social distancing requirements and the closure of the courts, we are all adjusting to a new normal.  Naturally, there is significant uncertainty with the new and changing legal landscape.  Our association with Clark Wilson LLP (one of BC’s oldest and biggest law firms), ensures that our team is here as always to answer your questions and support your needs. 

Answers

We hope these articles answer your questions and we invite you (or your clients) to contact us with any further questions you may have. 

https://www.cwilson.com/covid-19-resources/

     See the “Estates & Trusts Law” section (also reproduced at the bottom of this email)

How We Can Help

Our law office is fully operational and working remotely.  We are also able to meet you or your clients virtually on our video platforms. 

We can speak with any of your clients about their estate plan questions (whether we prepared the plan for them, or even if they just want a review or update).   We have recently seen a significant increase in enquiries about wills, powers of attorney and health care decision-making.  Any necessary changes can be made now  – even during the social distancing requirements.

Do I Need A Will?

Some clients (or children of clients) may worry about the whether they need a Will prepared by a lawyer.  The Legal Services Society has prepared a self-help ‘guided pathway’. It will either draft a will for them or advise why they should consult a lawyer.

https://mylawbc.com/paths/wills/

Some reasons to see a lawyer include: a ‘blended’ family; ‘cutting out’ a family member; a beneficiary with a disability; using joint ownership to avoid probate;  an estate value over $2M; U.S. status (for you, a beneficiary, or an asset); charitable gifts; or, a desire to protect inheritances. 

Thank You

We have been privileged to be part of the team that you use to meet your clients’ needs.  In this time of uncertainty, we look forward to helping you support their peace of mind.

We look forward to hearing from you, and hope you are staying safe.