The uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus has people making unusual preparations
Here is what we suggest organizing to make sure that you have needed information together in case you or a loved one contract the virus – or have any other health or emergency to contend with.
Medical Information: Medical information is critical to have easy access to. Make sure that you have organized your medical history, medicines and other key medical information for your loved ones.
Legal Documents: You should have a will or trust in place. You and your loved ones should also have in place a property power of attorney, in case you need a loved one to make a decision for you, should you or your loved ones become unable to make decisions about healthcare or assets. A healthcare power of attorney is also important if you have adult children (at college or out of the house); otherwise, you won’t be given access to their medical information or be able to weigh in on your children’s treatments, once they are legally adults.
Personal Accounts and Information: Getting a list of bills and accounts together, and providing access to any online accounts to a trusted loved one, is important in case someone gets quarantined and may not have access to take care of day-to-day activities, bills and the like. Make sure that they also have access to keys and alarm codes for your home and office that they can access in case you end up in the hospital and you need a loved one to water plants, feed pets, access work files, etc.
Getting your information and wishes together can help ensure that if something happens, you aren’t left without key information and documents that you need.
We at Zukowski Law Offices are trying to keep employees and clients healthy and safe while managing day-to-day operations under these unusual circumstances. Our office remains open and our services remain readily available to all of our clients.
If you have been directly affected by the COVID-19 virus, we offer prayers and support. Like you, we are monitoring events as they unfold.
We have implemented a number of steps and precautions.
• Observing CDC and other governmental guidance for countering the spread of the illness.
• Disinfecting surfaces and rooms.
• Allowing certain employees to work from home with secure equipment and established protocol.
• Communicating regularly with staff and independent contractors.
Our lawyers are actively engaged with clients on numerous topics. We have implemented plans to better enable our clients to rely on the availability of lawyers to manage their matter. We are committed to minimizing any service disruptions for our clients.
Please feel free to contact us if you have questions.
In November I am conducting an evening program at the college talking about wills and a variety of trusts, especially in light of the new Illinois Trust Code going into effect in January. Anyone interested please contact IVCC.
Local Attorney Receives Recognition
Peru Attorney Walt Zukowski recently finished his sixth and final year as a member of Notre Dame’s Mendoza Graduate Alumni Board. Presenting the plaque for service is the new Dean Martijn Cremers. The board advises the University on the needs of private industry. It is composed of 24 graduates from among the 13,000 alumni worldwide.
Zukowski Law Offices Functioning During “Shelter in Place” Order
Governor Pritzker‘s recent order exempted “essential services”. The work of lawyers was so designated. Thus, our office will remain available to address client needs. While some of our employees are working offsite, others will be available in our office to provide core services. We are following CDC guidance for health and safety. If you have any questions, please contact us.