Update: Covid 19 Office Procedures
Pursuant to the Governor's Stay at Home Order issued 3/23/2020, we are updating our procedures as follows:
1. The First One Center Building (where Siebenaler Law resides) is closed to the public. All client meetings will continue to be by phone or video conference until further notice. The phone video conference format has been working very well and has not hindered our ability to exchange information.
2. If I am currently working on your matter, please be reassured that our office is continuing to work on your case, and will continue to be in touch with you by phone/email.
3. If your Estate Planning documents are completed and ready to sign, we will review the timing and method of signing on a case by case basis. The legal community is working to establish what is an "essential" legal service that must be done in person during this time. While one could assume that a Will signing (where in person witnesses are at this point still required) would be considered "essential", I am still awaiting clear direction on this issue. We will discuss whether your particular matter/signing is considered "emergency" or "essential" and accommodate as best we can, while still prioritizing client safety and compliance with the Governor's orders. We are also researching the ability to accomodate video witnessing, but at this time it is not clear that this is allowed under current Washington State law. We are monitoring updates to these Orders closely, and will implement remote/video signing procedures when we can be assured that it complies with the Will execution requirements for Washington State.
Once again, thank you for your trust and your business. Please reach out if there is any way we can support you as we all navigate these challenging times.
Michelle R. Siebenaler