So much of what we do at the River Valley Law Firm is to help people plan for disability and death. Right now fears are running high, especially for people over 60 and those with underlying health conditions, the very people most eager to be using our services.
We want to let you know some of the specific steps we are taking to keep our team and beloved clients healthy while enabling you to get your much-needed plans in place (or updated). These fall into two major categories, what we’re doing to keep our office safe and healthy, and what we’ve implemented to serve you remotely for those who are not comfortable coming into the office.
In our office
- Team members and clients are asked to stay home if you have a cough, a temperature of 99.5 or above, sore throat, shortness of breath, or have traveled in the last month to a Level 2 country or above
- We’re asking team members to wash your hands before and after all meetings
- Team members have been asked to discontinue any travel via mass transportation and avoid gatherings with an expected crowd of 100 or more
- We are religiously disinfecting all surfaces – door knobs, table tops, pens, etc.
- We are keeping our distance, having traded handshakes and hugs for a wave or a bow
- We have implemented procedures to minimize the risk that documents presented by clients could be infected, meaning in most situations we’re asking you not to bring your documents from home but instead we will pull them up on a computer
- For those who would prefer a meeting by call or video, we are offering consultations or review meetings online or via telephone
Our team is also fully prepared to work from home should that become necessary.
We have taken every precaution we know to take and honestly some feel drastic. We are committed to do what is best for our clients and community even though it feels uncomfortable.
Our recommendations to you? Follow the guidance from the CDC and the WHO. Beyond that, and most importantly, live your lives. I am a firm believer that the best preparation for death is a life truly lived.
Please look for others who need help right now, especially those who might be overlooked in your circle. Relatives, neighbors, members of your religious community, or people who live in a neighborhood that might be otherwise forgotten. This is an opportunity to be the community we want to be.
If you have any additional concerns we have not addressed, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office so that we may accommodate you personally. Thank you for entrusting your lives and legacies to us, we are grateful to do life with you.
~ Amina Saeed