PRINCE LAW FIRM COVID-19 UPDATE

To All of Our Valued Clients, as well as Our Colleagues and Vendors:

With the recent developments surrounding COVID-19, including various recommendations by the government, Prince Law Firm determined that, beginning Friday, March 20, 2020, closing our physical office and having our attorneys, paralegals, and other staff work remotely will best serve the interests of our clients, our families, and the public. At this time, we do not know how long this closure will last, but we intend to reopen the physical office and resume normal activities as soon as we believe it is safe to do so. Necessarily, this means that in-person meetings, whether with clients or other individuals, will be postponed and rescheduled, or handled in an alternative manner.

During this period, our attorneys, paralegals, and staff will have remote-access to our systems and files, so we can continue serving the needs of our clients, including participating in calls, virtual meetings, and court hearings (to the extent such hearings are not adjourned). Our switchboard is automated with a menu system to allow calls from the outside to be routed to the appropriate individual within Prince Law Firm and, if we are temporarily unavailable, forward voicemail messages via email. And because email has become the preferred method of communication for many, we will be checking email regularly.

Please note that we also are working on developing protocols to allow us to conduct estate plan signings in emergency situations only, while respecting the recommendations on social-distancing and sheltering-in-place; however, our ability to implement any such protocols is necessarily dependent on the availability of protective equipment, supplies, and training. In the more likely event we are unable to safely utilize such protocols, we still can work with clients to implement alternative signing strategies to protect their estate planning intent. If an emergency arises that requires you to make an estate planning change (or even a new estate plan), please contact us immediately.

In instances where we prepare tax returns for probate, estate, and trust administration clients, please be aware that the current filing deadlines remain the same (typically April 15th for income tax returns); however, in most instances, the IRS has extended the payment deadline until July 15, 2020. A more detailed letter will go out to affected clients, and additional information can be found at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus. With this in mind, please make sure that all tax-related information is provided to us promptly, so we can prepare and timely file necessary tax returns.

Please stay safe and do your part to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19. Updates can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.