COVID-19 Resources

We know you have a lot on your mind right now and we want to provide you what you need, when you need it, in a central location. This COVID-19 Resource Page is where you can access all of WealthCounsel’s latest resources and webinars to help you and your practice navigate this new reality. Check back frequently for the latest:


WEBINARS

Please continue to check back for upcoming webinars. 

RESOURCES FOR YOUR PRACTICE

Client Meetings Using Video and Document Signings
Thank you to our sister company, ElderCounsel, for sharing this informative video discussion between Heinz J. Brisske, Huck Bouma, PC, and Valerie Peterson, ElderCounsel CEO.

Adapting Your Law Practice in Light of COVID-1 Checklist
As COVID-19 spreads, anxiety is high and uncertainty prevails. If you are looking for some practical and proactive ways to help your practice weather the storm then download our checklist.

Call Script Urging Representatives to Allow Remote Notarization and Witnessing
Use this script to call your state and local representatives to urge the prompt issuance of an executive order, emergency proclamation, or similar order appropriate for your state, allowing for the remote notarization and witnessing of legal documents.

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RESOURCES FOR YOUR CLIENTS

2020 Tax Filing Cheat Sheet
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin offered taxpayers a 90-day reprieve on paying their income taxes. Attorneys can use this customizable content to communicate the delayed tax deadline to their estate planning and business-owning clients.

2020 Tax Filing Cheat Sheet (Business Owners)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin offered taxpayers a 90-day reprieve on paying their income taxes. Attorneys can use this customizable content to communicate the delayed tax deadline to their estate planning and business-owning clients.

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BLOG POSTS AND ARTICLES

Understanding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Does it Apply to Your Law Practice?
On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was passed. The Act has two important new laws for employees, intended to provide relief as most people’s lives have been impacted in some way by COVID-19: (1) the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act; and (2) the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. FFCRA also offers tax credits and exemptions designed to protect the viability of businesses during a time of economic stress.

COVID-19: The Impact on Small Businesses
Small businesses continue to struggle economically in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Attorneys have an opportunity to help their small business clients explore all options for relief to remain viable despite virus-related business interruptions. Read our article to learn what steps businesses can take to mitigate the impact of the virus.

COVID-19 Prompts Fed to Delay Tax Filing and Payment Deadline
The 2020 tax season is underway, but millions of Americans have yet to start preparing their tax returns. Earlier this week, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin offered taxpayers a 90-day reprieve on paying their income taxes. As of Friday, March 20, the deadline to file tax returns has also been extended by three months.

Paycheck Protection Program Application
The Paycheck Protection Program was created to encourage employers to retain employees during this pandemic by providing financial assistance for operational costs like payroll, mortgage interest payments, rent, and utility payments. Read about the new Program and download the application

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COMMUNITY ACTION UPDATES

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that one of the biggest challenges facing WealthCounsel members, and estate planning attorneys as a whole, is navigating the process of signing legal documents.

Working together, WealthCounsel and the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association are reaching out to governors and state legislatures to encourage them to consider remote notarization and witnessing solutions that every attorney and law firm can deploy without a lot of cost or overhead. Jointly, we hope to deliver a model letter and supporting materials to leaders across the country tomorrow.

Once the letter and supporting materials are delivered, we will post a copy on this site and share a sample call-in script for you to use if you wish to contact your local representatives to support remote notarization and witnessing.


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