thatGovernor Evers has issued Emergency Order #5 Prohibiting Mass Gatherings of 10 or More People or More in the State of Wisconsin. The order is effective at 5:00 p.m. today on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Public and private schools, as well as bars and restaurants, have been ordered closed, but restaurants are allowed to offer take-out or delivery service only. The order exempts certain places which are allowed to remain open, and you can review the full list of current exemptions below.
Burton Law LLC is excepted from the above order as a Commercial Entity operating in an office space and allowed to remain open, but such facilities shall implement social distancing and telework as much as possible. Social distancing is defined as maintaining a distance of 6 or more feet between people. We will continue to hold any in-person meeting at our office that is currently scheduled, unless and until this order is changed or updated by the Governor. However, for clients who are able, we are encouraging videoconference and telephone meetings during this time, for any meeting that does not require your physical presence at our office to physically sign a document with witnesses. Examples of meetings that can be held by phone or by videoconference are initial estate planning consultations, business consultations, or estate planning design and document review meetings. We also require any client that is feeling ill for any reason, to alert us before coming into the office by email or phone, and we will reschedule your meeting for a time when you are feeling better, or switch your meeting to a telephone or video conference.
For estate plan signings which require your physical presence, we will continue to meet in person, but practice social distancing during the meeting and seek to keep the meeting as brief as possible. We have ended handshaking at the office, instead we will greet you with a wave, hello. We are also disinfecting the conference room after each client's meeting ends, as well as asking that you keep any pen that you use at our office and take it with you. This policy may be updated in the future as the situation develops.
You can read the full text of the Governor's order below. We remain open during this difficult time to assist our clients and we are fully equipped to operate entirely virtually when necessary. By working together we can continue to assist our clients with all of their needs, while also protecting those in our community who are most vulnerable to the ill effects of the Coronavirus. If you have any questions about this policy, or how the Governor's Order affects you, or your business, please feel free to contact us by email.
You can also refer to our video on this topic posted below: