Monday, March 23, 2020
Anchorage is under a hunker down order. Both, Colleen McClurg, Client Services Coordinator, and I are now working remotely from our homes. I am still quarantined at home until next Monday, March 30, 2020. Colleen is dropping off office files and supplies to me here.
All of our estate planning workshops are now virtual webinars. All of the dates are on my website. The website address is ak.wills.trusts.com. Please call my office number (907)334-9200 to register for a live estate planning webinar or click here to register for a virtual workshop online. We also have a recorded video of the estate planning workshop that we can forward to you. Please give our answering service your name, telephone number, mailing address and email address when you call to register for a live webinar or request the video link.
Our office phone lines currently forward to Ruby Reception our answering service. They will take your information and forward an email to Colleen and me that you called. Colleen will contact you and send you the workshop information. Colleen will also schedule your appointments with me.
I am conducting all meetings on the phone at this point, so that we can all remain safe.
I appreciate your patience as we go forward. My goal is to get you the information you need, and to assist you in creating or updating your estate plan. Here’s to our safety and health!
Friday, March 20, 2020
My Business is Still Here!
I am an attorney who is running a small business. My business is still here. We are determining what the client’s needs are and then presenting the clients with solutions. I love this area of the law.
Estate planning is about protecting family. Estate planning is making your plan. So if something happens to you, then you have documents in place that name the person(s) you want to make decisions for you. It’s a plan that encompasses planning for disability and incapacity for you, distributes your assets to your beneficiaries when you want them distributed, that is easy to administer for your loved ones.
I am conducting all client meetings on the phone. I have the capability to create a zoom meeting that more than one person can attend and can also call with my phone with Facetime. Zoom and Facetime allow me to see the client, which is helpful in meetings. I am able to conduct signing meetings at the client’s home.
You can still attend our workshops online.
I had been giving estate planning workshops at the Senior Centers in Anchorage, Chugiak Eagle River, and Wasilla, which are all now closed to holding events. I had planned to also go to the Kenai Senior Center starting in April. I am going to make all of the workshop dates on my calendar into live webinar workshops that I will give from my office. This way everyone who wants to attend a workshop still can via the internet. The benefit of the live webinar workshop is that you will be able to ask questions.
It’s March 19, 2020, the first day of spring. I just returned from a legal conference and vacation this past Monday, March 16, 2020. Our world has changed due to the Coronavirus.
I am imposing a 14 day quarantine on myself and working from home, because I was out of the state.
Many of you know, that I had two beagles, Duke and Freckles. They were my world. Freckles went to heaven a little over a year ago on December 5, 2018, which was the week after our big earthquake here in Alaska. We had so many aftershocks, my dad’s health was declining at the time, my business was booming and I still had Duke to take care of, that I didn’t probably take the time I needed to grieve her loss. I write this with tears. Because three weeks ago, my love dog, Duke, went to heaven. This was one week before I left for Florida and vacation.
I didn’t understand about the Coronavirus before I left town. I don’t think many of us did. I had a lovely vacation. When I returned to Florida this past Saturday, all of the changes in the world due to this virus started to become apparent to me. My younger brother had been texting me while I was out of town to try and convince our parents that they needed to stay home. It wasn’t until this past weekend, when I was learning more about this virus that I began to understand.
I got home Monday night late and woke up to be quarantined at home for the next two weeks, alone. I didn’t know I was buying two weeks at home without my dog. Now I’m stuck at home and everywhere I look, he’s not there. He had a really good life. He received many massages daily, since he was a puppy. He was 16 and 1/2 years old. He still played with a stuffed animal, I named Mr. Pinky, almost every night. He was just my love dog.
My world changed because Duke isn’t here with me. I miss him. But I didn’t want him to suffer. So my boyfriend and I together made the decision for him to go to heaven.
I’m now quarantined and working in my home office.
My office is working at the same full time rate as it was before I left for Florida. Colleen McClurg, our Client Services Coordinator, is in the office full time, answering the phone, setting up live estate planning workshop reservations, scheduling vision meetings and initial consultations, and signing meetings.
Given our situation today in Alaska with Coronavirus, it is time to make sure your estate plan does what you want it to do. If you are not sure, call my office to schedule an appointment with me. Call my office and reserve a seat for a live estate planning webinar where you are encouraged to ask questions. Call my office to start creating the plan that protects your family.
I had a gentleman ask me today about a situation that wasn’t really estate planning even though his appointment was about planning for his father. This young man moved his father into his home in December. His father has dementia. The young man has a roommate who is getting ready to go to Washington to visit his family. The young man explained that he is uncomfortable with the idea that his roommate is going to Washington, because he doesn’t want the roommate to come directly back into his home after traveling outside due to the virus. This young man is concerned about his father and the virus. My gut says tell the roommate that he will need to quarantine himself for 14 days after his return away from their home.
For all of us, we need to heed the advice of the knowledgeable medical profession on how to stay safe. We together can make a difference on what happens in the short and long term with this virus, and with your estate plan. Thinking this won’t happen to me or you is not the answer. Creating a plan that meets your needs is the way to protect your family. For me, it’s all about family.
Did I mention, that I can’t even go hug my parents on Government Hill for two weeks. I know remaining quarantined is the right course for me.
I look forward to meeting with you.
Connie Aschenbrenner, Duke and Freckles, woof woof
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