In the past week, as concern about the novel coronavirus pandemic has gripped the country, a number of our clients have reached out to SFNR to update or prepare estate planning documents for them.

One of the documents at the forefront of clients’ minds is their Durable Healthcare Power of Attorney.  This document grants a trusted person the ability to make health care decisions on your behalf in the event you cannot make them for yourself.  Though no one envisions a virus or other illness or accident striking close to home, making your wishes concerning treatment clear will ease the burden on your family should a trying time arise.  Coupled with a Durable Power of Attorney for Property, a loved one can care for you if you are suddenly unable to do so. SFNR attorneys have extensive experience preparing both types of powers of attorney and can draft custom documents to give you peace of mind should your family have to face the worst of the ongoing crisis.

Although we are now working remotely, all of SFNR’s attorneys, including our estate planning team, are available to discuss this or other issues with you. We also are capable of handling any estate plan needs remotely, including by attending meetings either via conference call or video conference.  Estate planning documents can be drafted, reviewed and finalized electronically, with no need for you to leave the comfort of your home.   Once finalized, we will send detailed instructions on how to execute your documents and are available by e-mail, phone or video conference to walk you through this process.

Even as we currently work remotely, your SFNR team maintains our emphasis on client service.  Adapting to the changing environment, our trust and estates attorneys continue providing the highest level of estate planning services, and stand ready to offer focused advice to you and your family during this challenging time. 

For more information, please feel free to e-mail Bruce Bell (, Andy Holstine (, or Andrew Bell (, or call them at 312-648-2300.

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