Social Security Administration policy that the federal stimulus payments will not be considered countable income to recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and will be an exempt resource for 12 months after receipt.
Has “schedule meeting or phone call with the lawyer” been on my to-do list for a while?
Do I have signed documents in place so someone could pick up and take care of things if I became ill or needed help?
Do I understand what my documents actually say and how they work?
Do my documents still reflect my wishes, current relationships and family structure?
We remain on the job and continue to serve our clients during this period. In keeping with the current order issued by Governor Hogan, we are working from our homes. Although we are not meeting with clients in person at this time (except to sign documents, which we discuss below), we can provide you with meeting options like conference calls and videoconferencing, as well as good old-fashioned phone calls and emails.
If you have a smart phone or computer with a camera, we can conduct client meetings remotely using Zoom. We are prepared to help you get it set up on your device before your scheduled appointment time. We have had success using this product with clients.
We are also offering safe alternatives for document signings. Rather than meeting in our offices, we can provide you with detailed instructions for you to arrange to sign your documents on your own or you can drive to our office and sign your documents from the comfort of your vehicle, while we all maintain social distancing. Please do not hesitate to contact your attorney to discuss our procedures for document signings.
At O’Byrne Law, we are committed to serving our clients without interruption of services, keeping you comfortable and giving you some peace of mind in an otherwise chaotic and worrisome time.
Important Message from the O'Byrne Law Team
Let’s face it, this coronavirus pandemic is awful on so many levels but like everything else, this too shall pass. We all hope that it will pass sooner rather than later but in the meantime, our priorities must be to stay healthy, take care of our families and friends, and be prepared.
Being prepared is vital in many areas of our lives and our estate plans are no different. During these uncertain times, having signed and up to date documents in place just makes sense, especially for our older and more vulnerable clients.
Think about it...if you become ill, out of commission or isolated, you’ll want to feel confident that your documents are in order.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
O’Byrne Law, LLC is a boutique law practice concentrating in estate and special needs planning. Listening is our specialty. Every client is different and every solution unique, so we strategize with you, to understand your goals and objectives, now and in the future. With experience, compassion and perspective, and with exemplary client service, we strive to bring clarity to your planning.
We start by listening, so that we can understand your life today and your wishes for the future. We discuss your options, and explain the resources and tools available to you. We help you understand how these work and how they help you meet your goals. It's not just about documents – it’s about a relationship. We are available to be part of your team for the long run, as your life and circumstances change.
When you have a loved one with disabilities, your planning horizon is lifelong. Whether your loved one is an infant, a teenager or an adult, your future will always include her future. We help you plan for your family member’s security and your peace of mind by taking a life-cycle approach and putting in place plans that can last a lifetime, yet with the flexibility to adjust to changing circumstances.
We work closely with personal injury attorneys and settlement professionals in counseling clients with disabilities regarding settlement options and their effect on public benefits, as well as planning for the lifestyle changes that may come with sudden wealth.