|We have been fielding many quarantine-related questions, and since many of you have raised similar concerns, we thought we’d provide some answers to the more frequently asked questions:|
1. Can we sign Wills and other estate planning documents remotely, and will it cost more? You can sign any and all estate planning documents remotely, and there will be no extra charge. There are certain things we need to do to ensure validity of the signing, but we can and have been doing many estate plans since the quarantine began. It seems that many people are including “finally get our Wills done” among the projects being tackled while stuck at home.
2. How are IEP meetings changing because the schools have been shut down? The only thing different in your IEP meeting should be the fact that it is not in person. All other requirements apply. For example, you should get the same notice, the same people should be “around the table,” and you can record it. You should also be sure to have your parental concerns included in the final document.
TIP: Request (in writing, e-mail is fine) copies of any documents that will be discussed at the meeting, including the PLAAFP (Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance) section. Getting these ahead of time will give you the chance to review, and possibly save time during the meeting. You can certainly ask questions during the meeting, but if it all seems accurate to you, then you can move right into the planning for the next IEP.
3. If courts are closed, can we still petition for guardianship of our adult disabled child? Yes, you can. Certain rules have been relaxed to make the process easier during these times. We have been filing, processing, and finalizing guardianships without missing a beat.
We will keep you posted as rules and procedures relating to these issues change, though we anticipate continuing to provide the same services we always have, albeit in a more creative manner. Of course, if you have any questions, please call or e-mail us. We have been doing zoom and phone consults since before they were mandated. Stay safe!
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