2020 may be one of the craziest years in recent memory, and the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every facet of our lives. Not only has it affected our daily lives, but it’s also had lasting effects on the way businesses across industries operate. As an estate planning law firm who’s been providing Maryland with our services for years, we wanted to take some time today to discuss how COVID-19 could affect estate planning and wills.
The Effects of COVID-19 on the Legal System
The biggest effect COVID-19 has had on the legal and court system is from safety precautions. Court systems in Maryland, as well as across the country, have been limiting the number of people allowed in courtrooms, and have instituted mask requirements and hand sanitizer stations.
One way the court systems have been trying to combat the virus and the delays it’s brought is by moving to virtual spaces. Videoconferences and virtual depositions have allowed lawyers and judges to continue courtroom proceedings, without risking spread of the virus. However, everything is moving slower than it normally would, and some of the probate proceedings may be delayed.
Law Firms Are Working with More Clients
With all of the troubles the virus has brought, there has been an increase in the need for legal services in Maryland and across the country. New companies and businesses have been started, and many people have been contacting Maryland attorneys with regards to their Last Will and Testaments. Because of restrictions in hospitals, it is very important to have Healthcare Powers of Attorney that name who will be allowed in the hospital to see you if you need to stay there.
COVID-19 is one of the most pervasive viruses in recent history, and many who have been “thinking” about getting a Will have finally contacted an attorney. DK Rus Law has adapted by imposing stringent cleaning protocols, requiring masks, and signing documents outside when practicable. We are also holding many initial consultations by telephone and online to limit exposure—this has the added advantage of saving you a trip to an office!
Work with an Experienced Maryland Business Law Attorney
Here at DK Rus Law, we’ve been providing Baltimore and Carroll County residents with our business and estate planning services for years, and while COVID-19 has certainly changed things, it hasn’t changed our commitment to our clients. If you haven’t yet gotten your Wills and Powers of Attorney, or if you just wish to speak to an experienced Maryland lawyer. We are happy to to assist you in any way possible.