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The Unfathomable Upending of "Normal" LifeTM:
Helping Protect Your Loved Ones & Small Businesses

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Our firm still at work for and with you and yours

March 17, 2020 –
Updated on May 22, 2020

From our firm’s inception, planning for the unseen to help protect you and your family has been our priority. So we strive to be available for you in frightening and challenging times, such as this, and in happier times, such as births, marriages, and retirement announcements.

Our hearts are with all who are managing this pandemic’s challenges. Whether you’ve suffered tragic loss, are infected with the virus but are in recovery, are managing a loved one who is especially vulnerable, or dealing with the unfathomable upending of normal life, we’re here. Below is a composite of information that we hope you will find useful.

What We Are Doing for Our Clients

  • We’re still working, primarily from home. I am going into the office once weekly. We’ve had a digital infrastructure from the start of our firm, so we’re not only prepared but accustomed to working the way many people must now learn to work. Working remotely with technology to keep client safe and secure is nothing new to us. You can read more about our long-time processes here.
  • We’ve always provided special services for first-responders; we’ve added doctors and nurses to the list.
  • Because of social-distancing mandates from the CDC, governors, and mayors in our jurisdictions that equal our concern, we’re now holding signing conferences via house calls but are refraining from remote signing conferences. Attorney Elliott has been appointed to a legislative task force to determine the safest and most efficient way of holding remote signing conferences. (We don’t want clients to sign instruments that can easily be challenged in court!) Erin will contact clients to facilitate this rescheduling.
  • We’re still not holding in-person meetings but are, instead, holding teleconferences and video-conferences with current clients. Video-conferences help us review your needs and plans on a more personal level but from the comfort of your home, without delay.
  • If you’d like us to review something for you, feel free to fax it to us 312.253.7618 or use Clio; both channels are HIPAA compliant.
  • If you’d prefer to pay your fee by credit card instead of check, we’ve always offered that option and can conveniently facilitate that for you.
  • We’ll also provide clients or potential clients with payment schedules given the financial challenges that we and most of our fellow Americans are facing.
  • The Cook County Circuit Courts are open for emergency matters and uncontested probate matters and we’re reviewing files and ensuring that once the courts reopen, we will be prepared and in court on the new dates.
  • We’re providing monthly “Office Hours” programming to educate the general public about fundamental estate planning matters. Listen here to our program on Powers of Attorney.

What You Can Do (Sing & Wave)

  • Know that washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water is better than using hand sanitizer. Exactly how long is 20 seconds? Sing Happy Birthday twice.
  • Use hand sanitizer when you can, though.
  • When opening doors or pressing elevator buttons, use your sleeve or a tissue.
  • Wave or nod instead of shaking hands.
  • Create a plan on how to care for your loved ones who may be ill or elderly.
  • Create a list of local service organizations that can help in case you need it – their services, addresses, and phone numbers and keep the list nearby.
  • Create a note with an emergency contact list on your cell phone, if you haven’t already.
  • Reach out to friends via phone, email, or videochat. Keeping that human connection is more important than ever.

If You’re Not Ill, Watch Your Fitness

  • Try to get sufficient sleep.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Eat several servings of fruits and vegetables.
  • Exercise – there are great free fitness apps on the phone or streaming that you can use at home.
  • Don’t overdo it; as a parent, employee or business owner, child, and responsible neighbor, you have a great deal on your plate. But remember to put your feet up for a few minutes between caring for others.

You can find current information about the global impact of COVID-19 on these websites: Center for Disease Control (CDC)World Health Organization, and Johns Hopkins University.

Please be careful, thoughtful, and observant. Help us protect our healthcare system by practicing social distancing; help us protect the vulnerable by not hoarding food and supplies; and help us help you and your family by letting us know if you need any further information or assistance. We’re working as diligently as we can to respond, so we also appreciate your patience.

Sincerely yours,
Maximillienne Elliott, Esq.
Managing Attorney and Founder, The Law Offices of Max Elliott, Ltd.

Our dedication to you and your family's health and safety

March 11, 2020 –

Because we work closely with individuals and families, it’s important that we do as much as we can to share information about the public health crisis caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please be assured as detailed below that, because of our commitment to you and yours, our firm’s actions are aligned with recommendations from top health and legal authorities.

What We Are Doing

What We Can Do for Our Clients

  • If you’ve a signing conference with us at the office but would prefer a “house call,” we are happy to provide you with that service. We’ve worked with the same mobile notary service for several years and are confident that they follow the same safety protocols that we do.
  • If you’ve an in-person meeting scheduled but would prefer a teleconference, we are happy to arrange that.
  • If you would like us to review something for you, feel free to fax it to us 312.253.7618 or use Clio; both channels are HIPAA compliant.
  • If you would prefer to pay by credit card instead of check, we have always had that feature available and can send you a payment link for your convenience.

The health of the communities we serve and the human community at-large are of paramount priorities for us now. So please let us know if you need any additional information.

Also, take a moment to check in with vulnerable friends and family and remember the “flight attendant rule”: take care of yourself first so you are able to care for loved ones.

Sincerely yours,
Maximillienne Elliott, Esq.
Managing Attorney and Founder, The Law Offices of Max Elliott, Ltd.