Yes. We are open and actively working on cases. We can answer many of your questions over the phone and can conduct consultations via email, phone, or teleconferencing, so you do not need to leave the safety and comfort of your home.
After we discuss your estate planning needs and prepare your will, we can provide you with a draft of it through email or regular mail so that you can carefully review it. You will check to ensure that the document communicates your wishes. If you need to make any changes, we can do so. We can then discuss the next steps to make the document legally binding.
There are a few ways to approach this matter. North Carolina allows electronic notarization, but this still requires that you be in the physical presence of a notary. You may be able to sign in front of the notary while still practicing social distancing, and some notaries will travel to you. Alternatively, you can forego having a notary sign your will and just have the witnesses sign your will. We can make arrangements on how to update your documents after the public health emergency. We can discuss what is the best plan for you is during a consultation.
North Carolina courts are mostly open and conducting court business, but they are limiting the number of people in courtrooms and closing certain services to the public. If you have a pending case, your case will still be heard. However, there may be continuances due to pandemic. Additionally, you may have your case heard differently, such as through audio/visual equipment instead of an in-person hearing.
You may experience some delays in your case because of the pandemic because the courts are limiting the number of people who are close to each other. Additionally, there may be less staff available to help process cases. Many non-emergency cases have already been continued to a later date, so this, too, could cause a delay in the case. However, whether your particular case will be delayed will depend on many factors, so contact us to learn more.
The first thing to do is to talk to your lawyer if you have one. He or she can tell you if your case was delayed or if you can request an extension for the filing deadline. If you do not have a lawyer, we can investigate the matter and see what your available options are.
It is possible that your case was continued, or you may be able to request a continuance due to COVID-19 complications. Your filing deadline may be able to be extended, but you will need to request relief. We can help you file the necessary motions or documents with the court. Contact us to find out more.