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Webinar: Essential Personal Planning during COVID-19

Press Release: Attorneys Adapting to Social Distancing

Press Release: Attorneys Adapting to Social Distancing

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


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 open 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.

Vital Information Form (VIF)

Vital Information Form (VIF)

Vital Information Form (VIF)

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Critical Packing List (CPL)

Vital Information Form (VIF)

Vital Information Form (VIF)

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