On behalf of Ashmor Legal, may I reassure you that it’s largely business as usual for me and our team, despite the escalating Coronavirus situation.
We are a digital business – our staff work remotely and I work from home. Property settlements occur digitally (for over a year now), through the PEXA e-conveyancing platform. And all our wills and powers of attorney are prepared digitally, with completed documents Express Posted to you, for signing in front of appropriate witnesses (such as a GP, Justice of the Peace or police officer).
May I offer some tips at this challenging time:
Check that your insurances are up-to-date: private health, life, building and contents, public liability, travel and car insurance. If you are working from home, please check with your employer that your home will be covered for public liability. Remember that body corporate/Owners Corporation insurance policies probably won’t cover working from home. If you are a sole trader/freelancer, you may need to take out a new public liability insurance policy. A reputable insurance broker, like Melbourne Insurance Brokers and Whitbread (both of whom I have personally used) will be able to assist.
Keep important documents in the one handy spot and tell someone trusted where they are. Documents may include birth and marriage certificates, passports, wills and powers of attorney. Now is a good time to organise digital passwords - a password management program like LastPass (which I use) can assist. If you wish us to keep a confidential, digital copy of any of your key documents, we are happy to assist you with this, at no cost.
Read various reputable online consumer and business resources, including Smart Traveller, Consumer Affairs Victoria, the Federal Government’s assistance package and the Fair Work Commission. Following these agencies on social media, as well as the Victorian and Federal health departments, will provide you with the latest updates.