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Friday, March 20, 2020

Being Prepared: Groceries, Toilet Paper, and Other Necessities

I was a Girl Scout from the ages six to ten. During that time, I sold cookies, found out that I did not like camping outdoors, but most importantly, I learned a motto that stayed with me throughout my life: “Be Prepared”. The 1947 Girl Scout Handbook explains the motto this way: “A Girl Scout is ready to help out wherever she is needed. Willingness to serve is not enough; you must know how to do the job well, even in an emergency.”

The past few weeks have been a time of uncertainty and fear. Millions of Americans visited grocery stores to buy water, toilet paper, food, and cleaning supplies. The rush left shelves empty and lines out the door. As a nation, we felt the pressure to be prepared in the face of an unseen enemy and stockpile goods should we need to isolate ourselves in our homes for a period of two weeks or longer.

There is a security in being prepared. Even though the future is unknown, you would have plenty of supplies to see you through. Some people told me that they feel safer, somehow, seeing several boxes of toilet paper in their house because they know that no matter what happens, they will not run out of toilet paper. This is because there is an innate need in us all to ensure that our families and loved ones are well provided for, especially in this climate.

However, while many people concentrate on stockpiling material goods, there are other necessities that are left ignored until an emergency does arise. These emergencies can be an unexpected sickness, surgery, or death. However, if you and your loved ones participate in estate planning and disability planning in advance, you can be prepared for when the storms of life threaten to tear you asunder.

The Dean Law Firm is here to prepare you for an uncertain future. We help you pre-plan, “stockpiling” important documents that will come into play should an emergency arise in the future. These vital documents include a Will or Trust, financial powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, HIPAA Authorizations, and Directives to Physicians. We work with you to create a unique plan tailored to your needs and goals, and we continue to work alongside you as your objectives change in the future.

We are available both virtually and in our physical office. We offer video and telephone consultations, so you have access to us remotely from your home. We also can visit you at your house for document signings, with certain precautions in place. We are currently waiving the trip fee for residences located within 10 miles of our office and are charging a half price trip fee for residences located more than 10 miles from our office.

 Should you prefer to come in the office, we are ensuring that we have a clean environment for our clients and staff. We are sanitizing the office twice a day and after every appointment. We have face masks for our appointments should our clients request that we use them. We are also maintaining our social distance from each other as well as other CDC recommended guidelines.

At the Dean Law Firm, we are here to help you so that you can feel the security of being prepared. We know how to do the job well, even in an emergency, so that you can have peace of mind even while facing an unknown future.  We promise – Scout’s Honor.


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