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'Get a medical directive': Legal professionals advise people to prepare during COVID-19 pandemic

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Posted at 9:44 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 07:58:55-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Just like most essential businesses across the country things, at the Law Firm of Charlene Morring Law are non-stop.

“We’ve been quite busy, and we’ve been answering and trying to help as many people as we can,” said Charlene Morring.

There are still a lot of unknowns when it comes to the coronovirus, but Morring says this is the time to prepare yourself.

“If you do not, please get a medical directive,” she adds.

Morring says in a case where you do contract the virus and you're unresponsive, your directive – a notarized document - will suffice.

“It gives you the power to direct what you want to do in the event that you end up in a very serious situation in the hospital.”

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She says it’s also important to assign someone to be your power of attorney.

“It means that if you’re in the hospital and say, you’re on a ventilator, you’re still alive and unable to talk, the durable power of attorney allows that individual to continue to make decisions for you.”

And to take care of your day-to-day responsibilities.

“When you’re in the hospital and you need to pay your rent, pay a car note, you have money that needs to be removed from the bank,” Morring adds.

If you’re an essential worker - whether it’s on the front lines at the hospital or a bus driver - Morring has some advice she says you could use in the future.

“Keeping a track or journal if you are truly social distancing and the only place you are really going is work and back,” just in case you catch the virus at work.

“In doing workers comp, I can tell you that will serve as evidence that you have been abiding by what the governor said and the risk for you to get it is greatest at your employment,” Morring adds.

If you’re not able to get an attorney to assist with these documents, there are also companies online like Legal Zoom and Law Depot that can help.

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