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Special Safety Accommodations during COVID-19 Pandemic

Special Safety Accommodations during COVID-19 Pandemic

Special Safety Accommodations during COVID-19 Pandemic

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1. "Curbside"  document signings in which an attorney will meet with a client in a public space.  The client remains in their vehicle and the attorney passes documents through a cracked window for signing.  The clients then pass the documents through the window to the attorney.


2. "Open Air " meetings where attorneys set up socially distant tables for all the participating parties.  The various parties then approach the table to sign or review documents.


3. Teleconference signings in which a client, attorney and witnesses gather on a digital teleconference platform like Zoom to sign wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney and other documents, a practice authorized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo through executive order 202.14 on April 7, 2020.


Webinar: Essential Personal Planning during COVID-19

Special Safety Accommodations during COVID-19 Pandemic

Special Safety Accommodations during COVID-19 Pandemic

Watch Annabel Bazante, Esq., Elder Care and Estate Planning Attorney discuss critical updates on legal issues and practical tips related to the health crisis we face:


1. Important changes in New York state law in effect during the crisis.


2. Essential Items needed in the age of COVID-19:  Since you will most likely be separated from loved ones if hospitalization is necessary, it has become essential to prepare:

  1. Vital Information Form (VIF) listing all critical information, including medical history, insurance, next of kin, legal information, medications and more.
  2. Critical Packing List (CPL) detailing what you’ll need in the hospital including: cell phone, charger, headset, eyedrops, inhalers and more


3. Advance Directives:  More important now than ever, whether you are a first responder, last responder, or a community conscious #stayathome hero, you should have:

  • Health Care Proxy
  • Living Will
  • Power of Attorney
  • Last Will & Testament


Webinar: Essential Legal Planning for COVID-19

Special Safety Accommodations during COVID-19 Pandemic

Webinar: Essential Legal Planning for COVID-19

During these uncertain times, there are ways to legally protect yourselves and your loved ones. We are here to help you with a free informational session about Elder Law Planning, Living Wills, Evictions and Foreclosures, and Debt Management and Bankruptcy. Many households are being affected both medically and financially by the current pandemic. Learn how to best protect yourself and the people you love most by being informed and prepared.


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Annabel Bazante, Esq.

Annabel Bazante Law, PLLC

524 Lucille Avenue

Elmont, NY 11003

(516) 216-1787

abazante@annabelbazante.com

www.annabelbazante.com


Zahra Cheema, Esq.

626 RXR Plaza,

Uniondale, NY 11556

(516) 654-5005

Zcheema@cheemalaw.com

Cheemalawfirm.com


Lila Santos, Esq. 

6780 Coral Way

Miami, Florida 33155

dsantos@santoslawpa.com

Santoslawpa.com

1. Important changes in New York state law in effect during the crisis.


2. Essential Items needed in the age of COVID-19:  Since you will most likely be separated from loved ones if hospitalization is necessary, it has become essential to prepare:

  1. Vital Information Form (VIF) listing all critical information, including medical history, insurance, next of kin, legal information, medications and more.
  2. Critical Packing List (CPL) detailing what you’ll need in the hospital including: cell phone, charger, headset, eyedrops, inhalers and more


3. Advance Directives:  More important now than ever, whether you are a first responder, last responder, or a community conscious #stayathome hero, you should have:

  • Health Care Proxy
  • Living Will
  • Power of Attorney
  • Last Will & Testament


Vital Information Form (VIF)

Press Release: Attorneys Adapting to Social Distancing

Webinar: Essential Legal Planning for COVID-19

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Critical Packing List (CPL)

Press Release: Attorneys Adapting to Social Distancing

Press Release: Attorneys Adapting to Social Distancing

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Press Release: Attorneys Adapting to Social Distancing

Press Release: Attorneys Adapting to Social Distancing

Press Release: Attorneys Adapting to Social Distancing

Annabel Bazante Law issues a press release on attorneys adapting to Social Distancing in New York

The coronavirus pandemic has given greater urgency to the preparation of legal documents related to end-of-life issues, causing many people who delayed or avoided preparing such documents to suddenly seek attorneys’ services.


However, the inability to conduct face-to-face meetings with clients who are sheltering at home or who are in facilities that do not permit visitors has led to new forms of meetings. The emerging socially distant meetings practiced by at least one creative elder law attorney, Annabel Bazante, Esq., include:


  • Drive through document signings in which an attorney will meet with a client in a safe public space.  Client remains in their vehicle and the attorney passes documents through a cracked window for signing.  The clients then pass the documents through the window to the attorney.
  • Outdoor meetings where attorneys set up socially distant tables for all the participating parties.  The various parties then approach the table to sign or review documents.
  • Teleconference signings in which a client, attorney and witnesses gather on a digital teleconference platform like Zoom to sign wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney and other documents, a practice authorized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo through executive order 202.14 on April 7.


Annabel Bazante, a Nassau County-based elder law attorney, has conducted drive-through and outdoor signings for her clients.


“Drive-through appointments are ideal for clients who simply have to sign documents.  In the case of more complex matters that require witnesses, an outdoor setting with socially distant tables allows for the safe and legally enforceable execution of wills or other documents,” said Annabel Bazante.


As for the teleconferencing executive order, Annabel Bazante envisions many challenges, especially for an elderly person who is already partially or fully incapacitated by Covid-19. Additionally, the requirement for same-day transmission from a hospital or nursing home of a client’s documents, to witnesses who are physically located outside of the hospital or nursing home, may be beyond the abilities of a facility’s overburdened staff.

Practice Areas

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Elder Law

  • Medicaid Eligibility Planning
  • Medicaid Applications - Institutional and Homecare
  • Asset Protection
  • Guardianships

Estate Planning

  • Last Will and Testament
  • Trusts & Living Trusts
  • Living Wills
  • Health Care Proxy
  • Power of Attorney
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Pet Trusts
  • Non-Traditional Families
  • Second Marriage
  • Estate Family Settlements

Trustee Representation

  • Probate
  • Estate Administration
  • Trustee/Executor Accounting
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Beneficiary Rights
  • Will Contests
  • Spousal Right of Election

Residential Real Estate Representation

About Us

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About the Firm

Practicing for over 25 years, Annabel Bazante brings her vast experience to families interested in Elder Law, probate, protecting and providing for loved ones through the caring preparation of Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Proxies, and more.  Annabel provides personalized and attentive representation to individuals and families involved in probate proceedings, administration of trusts and estates, guardianship proceedings, and Surrogate's Court litigation matters.  


Annabel has handled many complex contested estate and guardianship matters, and has received many judicial appointments as Guardian ad Litem, Court Evaluator and Guardian.  Annabel has been recognized by the Nassau County Bar Association as an Access to Justice Champion, and for her outstanding service as Chair of the Nassau County Lawyers Assistance Program. 

Contact Us

Send us an email

Annabel Bazante Law, PLLC

524 Lucille Avenue, Elmont NY 11003

(516) 216-1787 abazante@annabelbazante.com

PRESS RELEASES

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Press Release: Attorneys Adapting to Social Distancing

The coronavirus pandemic has given greater urgency to the preparation of legal documents related to end-of-life issues, causing many people who delayed or avoided preparing such documents to suddenly seek attorneys’ services.


However, the inability to conduct face-to-face meetings with clients who are sheltering at home or who are in facilities that do not permit visitors has led to new forms of meetings. The emerging socially distant meetings practiced by at least one creative elder law attorney, Annabel Bazante, Esq., include:


  • Drive through document signings in which an attorney will meet with a client in a public space.  The client remains in their vehicle and the attorney passes documents through a cracked window for signing.  The clients then pass the documents through the window to the attorney.
  • Outdoor meetings where attorneys set up socially distant tables for all the participating parties.  The various parties then approach the table to sign or review documents.
  • Teleconference signings in which a client, attorney and witnesses gather on a digital teleconference platform like Zoom to sign wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney and other documents, a practice authorized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo through executive order 202.14 on April 7.


Annabel Bazante, a Nassau County-based elder law attorney, has conducted drive-through and outdoor signings for her clients.


“Drive-through appointments are ideal for clients who simply have to sign documents.  In the case of more complex matters that require witnesses, an outdoor setting with socially distant tables allows for the safe and legally enforceable execution of wills or other documents,” said Annabel Bazante.


As for the teleconferencing executive order, Annabel Bazante envisions many challenges, especially for an elderly person who is already partially or fully incapacitated by Covid-19. Additionally, the requirement for same-day transmission from a hospital or nursing home of a client’s documents, to witnesses who are physically located outside of the hospital or nursing home, may be beyond the abilities of a facility’s overburdened staff.