Covid-19 Response Plan and Updates

This information was last updated July 17, 2020.

Message from Keith Tokerud and Jon S. McCarty regarding Covid-19:

We have all been impacted in some way by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), and we hope you and your family are doing well. We want to touch base to provide an update on the status of our office and how we are handling matters with our clients.

We are open for business and will continue to provide our clients with the same high standard of legal services you have come to rely upon, while continuously monitoring the situation and taking guidance from state and federal authorities.

When the pandemic caused Governor Bullock to issue the shelter in place order, we stopped seeing clients in our office and instituted virtual appointments by telephone and videoconferencing. This actually has gone pretty well. We have been able to handle initial meetings and follow-up meetings, draft documents for clients in accordance with their needs, and go over those documents with them all by telephone or video conferencing. For signing the documents, we have instituted drive-up or curbside meetings where we meet clients at the parking lot outside our office. With us practicing social distancing and wearing masks, the clients sign their documents while sitting at a table outside. We then assemble the documents and get them out to the client. For those folks who are out of town or unable to make a drive-up meeting, we have also mailed the documents out to them with arrangements for them to have their signatures be witnessed and notarized.

While we will continue to offer virtual appointments and drive-up signing meetings, we are excited to announce that we are also reopening our office for scheduled in-person appointments. The health and safety of all our clients and advisers who want to meet with us in person is our highest concern. In order to ensure a positive experience for all, there are special measures that have been put in place. Montana Governor Bullock's most recent directive requires that all persons (ages five and older) must wear masks in the Davidson building's common areas and in our office. Additionally, the owners of the Davidson building require that all persons entering the building sign in at the front desk upon entering the building. Because of limited elevator space, everyone is asked to take the elevator one person at a time, unless you're with a household member. We trust that you will honor Governor Bullock's directive and the Davidson building protocols.

While at our office, you can be assured that we are taking proper steps to minimize risk. These include sanitization, social distancing, a protocol that is in place for the use of the conference room, the wearing of masks inside our office, and holding only one client meeting in our office at a time.

In these uncertain times, one thing remains certain, and that is the importance of estate planning. We do not advise you to postpone your estate planning or to postpone changes or updates to your existing estate plan. The need for a good estate plan is more essential than ever.

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