Estate Planning Weekly COVID-19 Update – 04.21.20
This weekly COVID-19 update is brought to you by our Chambliss Estate Planning team. We are sharing articles, legal developments, external resources, and tips for coping during these uncertain times. Each weekly issue will cover various trends of vital interest in the world of estate planning, elder law, and special needs planning. To be added to our email list, please subscribe.
Dear Clients and Friends:
While most of us are working remotely at present, we are also collaborating to implement creative and resourceful solutions to meet the needs of our clients in this uniquely challenging time.
We are doing planning consultations, document signings, care coordination, drafting of documents, and all related work—in sum, all the types of work we usually do. We have generally moved most meetings to either Zoom video conference or audio conference calls. In person document signings at our office are generally being done abiding carefully by social distancing protocols. Moreover, the governors of Tennessee and Georgia have recently signed executive orders which enable “virtual document signings” for a limited period of time.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist you with your elder law, special needs planning, or estate planning needs.
— Dana, Greg, and your Chambliss team
5 Ways to Stay Connected in the COVID-19 Pandemic
By: Amy Boulware
We are experiencing unchartered times. Yesterday, my 83-year-old father said that in his lifetime he had never experienced anything like this, even though he did remember living through the polio epidemic. Dad said he and his friends weren’t allowed to go to the pool or the beach, were constantly being warned by adults to be careful around others, but even then, he didn’t have fear of going out.
My dad is one of the most social people I know, and the idea that he can’t be around other people is dragging him down. Dad said he has never been afraid to go out in his long life, and he just can’t stand hearing the news every day telling him that he is highly vulnerable for catching COVID-19.
After my mom passed away a number of years ago, my dad came to live with my family. He is a family person, and living alone was very difficult for him. He was vulnerable then, but in a much different way. He didn’t know who he was without my mom. They had been married for 48 years, and his identity was directly linked to being a husband and a father. He learned at that time that there were friends and family who were there for him, and he also learned who was not. I will never forget the day he told me that one of the people in the couple’s dinner group had called him and said that he was no longer welcome in the group because he wasn’t part of a “couple” anymore. This hurt him in a way I cannot even describe.
Staying Connected to Family Members in a Nursing Home When Visits Are Banned
The spread of the coronavirus to nursing home residents has caused the federal government to direct nursing homes to restrict visitor access. Families are having to find new ways to stay in touch…
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Caregivers May Be Eligible For Paid Leave Under COVID-19 Relief Law
Parents who must stay home from work to care for their adult children with disabilities due to coronavirus-related closures may qualify for paid leave, federal official say. Read the Disability Scoop article for details.
American Heart Association – Move More Together
Join the AHA for virtual workouts – both live and recorded.
IRS Information for Non-filers Regarding Economic Impact Payments
This IRS page answers key questions from Non-filers about economic impact payments under the Coronavirus Relief package.
Chattanooga – Support Local
During this uncertain time, Chattanoogans want to support their local restaurants and retailers in ways that are safe and that ensure their favorite shops and eateries are still in business after COVID-19. Here is a comprehensive list of Downtown Chattanooga restaurants and retailers who have ways for you to support them during this time.
Hunter Museum of American Art Weekly Art Break
Facebook Live events every Wednesday at 2pm, Explore the Hunter Art Collection, Ideas for Quick and Creative Fun for All Ages – Visit the Virtual Hunter.
Retailers with Senior Hours
Senior Planet’s article on shopping safely includes a list of major retailers with special hours for older adults as well as a list of delivery services. While this is a good starting list, we recommend you contact your local store by phone to view their hours and updated policies.
Coping With COVID-19
Workweek Lunch’s Best Ingredients for No-Cook Meals
Are you putting together more meals on the fly lately? Keeping some no-cook meals up your sleeve will make that process even easier (less cooking = less dishes).
The best ingredients to keep on hand for no-cook meals:
- Rotisserie chicken/shredded chicken
- Canned tuna
- Firm tofu
- Canned chickpeas, white beans, and black beans
- Veggies that are good raw, like bell peppers, snap peas, carrots, celery, and cucumber
- Veggie noodles, like zucchini and carrot noodles
- Sauces and spreads like pesto, hummus, and your favorite pasta sauce. Salsa, curry paste, peanut butter, tahini, miso paste, dijon mustard, and mayo can help add flavor too!
- Your favorite spices
- Add-ins like nuts, dried fruit, and cheese
- Tortillas, bread, and pita to hold it all together
- Couscous (since you can “cook” it in warm water in a bowl)
And here are some ingredients you only have to boil some water to make for minimal cooking meals:
- Hard boiled eggs
- Rice noodles
- Soba noodles
Source: Workweek Lunch
How the Estate Planning Team Copes with COVID-19
Hannah, Donna, and Dana hold a client signing in the Chambliss parking lot.
Our Chambliss team continues to monitor legal developments in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact Jim Catanzaro, Justin Furrow, or your relationship attorney if you have questions or need additional information.