Estate Planning Weekly COVID-19 Update – 06.04.20
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 many 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 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
We Are All Grieving – What Can We Do?
By: Amy Boulware
I have been trying to write this article for the last few days. I cannot seem to come up with the right words to say. Many of us cannot sleep, have a rush of thoughts in our head, and are finding it difficult to concentrate with so much going on around us. My heart is breaking for our country as I watch all of the current gut-wrenching circumstances playing out across our nation.
I grieve for the families of the 107,850+ people who have lost their lives to COVID-19.
I grieve for our community who lost loved ones, homes, and parts of their lives when the tornado struck on Sunday, April 12.
I grieve for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.
I grieve the loss of those who are killed by violent acts.
I grieve the uncertainty of safety in the streets and for just police officers who now feel like they must defend their profession.
I grieve for aging loved ones who cannot see their sons, daughters, grandchildren, and friends because the facilities are not allowing visitors.
I grieve the loss of group celebrations and time to socialize with clients, coworkers, friends, and family.
And, I grieve the loss of the daily life we knew prior to the pandemic.
What Is Grief
Grief is the acute pain that accompanies loss. Because it is a reflection of what we love, it can feel all-encompassing. Grief is not limited to the loss of people. It can include the loss of ideals, events, interactions, and even a country we thought we knew
Grief follows its own path, and there is no set timetable for feelings of pain after loss. Grief is a natural response to loss. You may experience all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions, from shock or anger to disbelief, guilt, and profound sadness. It could happen instantaneously or even years later…
Hamilton County COVID-19 Testing Centers and Other Details
Local Research Courtesy of Patten and Patten, Inc.
Below is a list of Hamilton County’s testing centers for COVID-19. The majority of tests include nasal/oral swabs conducted from inside a vehicle. Click Read More below for the relevant details associated with each location.
|Camp Jordan||Emissions Testing Center|
|Galen Medical Group||Galen Medical Group|
|Southside Community Health Center||Dodson Avenue Community Health Center|
|AFC Urgent Care||Homeless Healthcare Center|
|Clinica Medicos||Orchard Knob Elementary|
|Brainerd High School||East Lake Elementary|
Hamilton County Announces COVID-19 Testing Partnership with Black Churches, Increasing Access as Case Surge Continues
The Hamilton County Health Department is partnering with several area churches in an effort to bring COVID-19 testing access to black communities. Click here to read the Times Free Press article.
Seniors Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic Have More Time to Apply for Medicare or Change Plans
The closure of Social Security offices has affected unemployed seniors who need to apply for Medicare after losing their employer health coverage. These seniors now have more time to enroll in Medicare or change plans.
SSA Suspends Eligibility Reviews and Other Standard Procedures
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has suspended eligibility reviews and other standard procedures for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries.
Also Check Out…
IRS to Send Out Prepaid Debit Cards to Americans Who Haven’t Received Their Stimulus Check
While millions of Americans have received their stimulus payments from the government, others are still waiting for their money. Click here to view details.
Senior Living Providers Fear Hardest Weeks of COVID-19 Lie Ahead
Senior living providers have responded to enormous challenges since the COVID-19 pandemic reached the United States in mid-March, but the hardest weeks might now lie ahead. Click here to read the article.
Quarantine Fatigue Is Real—Here’s How to Keep Up Social Distancing Anyway
Psychologists share tips on how to make staying home a bit easier—even when you want to get out.
Public Health on Call
Experts from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offer science and evidence-based insights on the public health news of the day. The current focus is the global outbreak of the new coronavirus, COVID-19.
Coping With COVID-19
Action for Happiness June Calendar
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.