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Uncertain Times And Uncertain Measures


These Are Uncertain Times

We are unquestionably living in the midst of uncertainty. Never have the majority of people alive today been subject to the kind of restrictions we are being held to now. Especially those of us who live in the U.S. Only those dear ones who lived through WWII in this country and abroad, and of course those who live in countries run by dictators and tyrants, have any idea of what it’s like to have curfews and rationing.

No one could have imagined two months ago that the entire country would be brought to its knees by an unseen killer. A virus so virulent that is sweeping across the globe with such speed that it’s making the highspeed Internet look sluggish.

More Unknowns Than Knowns

We have no idea how this is going to unfold. Restrictions are being increased daily. Social distancing is becoming a term we didn’t even say or speak just a few weeks ago. And, of course, our first thoughts are for the safety of our families and loved ones.

How much food should we have on hand? How much toilet paper and paper towels? How much medicine? Do I need to hoard water? No one can tell you for sure the answer to any of those questions.

We think this virus is going to run its course and die out like other viruses that have preceded the novel coronavirus 19. But, the truth is, we really don’t know how this one is going to evolve, nor how quickly.

The only thing the medical community and the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control seem to know is how the virus is spread. Attempting to keep it from spreading through social distancing and self-isolation is the only method that they see as a viable solution.

Please Take Precautions And Follow Directives

In this uncharted terrain, it is so much better to err on the side of caution than not to. That means staying home unless you absolutely must go out. Each state is issuing directives in addition to national directives. In New York City, restaurants and bars are closing. Broadway shows and all performances throughout the city have been cancelled. Many areas in California are on complete lockdown. International travel restrictions are in effect. Here in Decatur and the Atlanta area bars and restaurants have capacity limits and early closures. Many businesses are closing without being directed to in order to stop the spread of the virus.

We are asking our clients to follow very specific rules when coming to our office. We have teleconferencing capabilities for meetings that do not require signing documents

Please Check On Your Parents And Elderly Loved Ones

If your parents are elderly and are not living with you, please check on them via phone. Staying away may be more important than going to visit them, unless they are not able to shop for themselves and prepare food. As everyone knows now, it is the 60+ demographic that is at greatest risk of dying if they get the coronavirus. With that in mind, nursing homes and assisted living centers are not allowing visitors. Please adhere to these directives if you have a loved one you cannot visit now. It is for their safety to keep them isolated.

A Positive Attitude

It is in the face of the unknown that we humans discover what we are made of. Keeping a positive attitude and outlook is always the best way to get through any challenge. May we all get through this stronger. Please stay safe.


Looking to find an experienced estate lawyer in the Georgia area who is skilled in asset protection and estate plan preparation? Shannon Pawley is an attorney in Georgia with expertise in estate planning and asset protection. Shannon can provide assistance with creating an estate plan to include making a will and how to establish a trust properly. If you have questions about asset protection or questions about making an estate plan, reach out to Shannon and she will be glad to help answer all the estate planning questions you might have!

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