Governor Baker today announced closing of all non-essential businesses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts effective noon tomorrow (Tuesday, March 24th) and until April 7th. (For more information about that order visit: https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-23-2020-essential-services-and-revised-gatherings-order)
Included in that order were a list of those businesses considered essential. Given the nature of most of our work – estate planning and estate settlement – we believe we fall within the professional services exception articulated in his order:
“Professional services (such as legal and accounting services) and payroll and employee benefit services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities and critical sector services or where failure to provide such services during the time of the order would result in significant prejudice.”
While our team remains well and we continue to work mostly remotely, we now find ourselves needing to triage client requests based on changing health circumstances of our clients. As a result, effective immediately we are now available 24/7 for emergency cases only. Those critically ill at this time will receive our highest priority; those who are sick or have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus are our next priority; and everyone else will be attended to as and when we are able given the competing demands on our time now. Our work with these clients will continue to be remote to keep us all safe but we will endeavor to complete important legal documents for this client population on an expedited basis.
As a result, are now asking that you have more patience since we are constantly reprioritizing the work we are doing in response to changing needs. Please continue to use the main office number to reach us by phone – (617) 716-0300 – and you can reach any of us by email. For more information about how to contact us, visit our Contact page.
Stay safe and be well.
Scott Squillace and the Team at Squillace & Associates, P.C.