How Does COVID-19 and School Closures Affect My Visitation Schedule?

With schools having closed for the remainder of the school year and the Governor’s Executive Order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be wondering how this affects your current parenting plan/visitation schedule.  The Governor issued an Executive Order on April 3 2020 clarifying that “no provision of the Executive Order 04.02.20.01 shall limit, infringe, suspend, or supplant any judicial order, judgment, or decree, including custodial arrangements…” The Order also clarified that essential services include “transport, visitation, regular care of family members and persons dependent on the services of others, and similar actions that ensure the welfare and bests inserts of persons in the State of Georgia…children…”

 

The Cobb Superior Court has issued a Notice of Clarification advising that visitation with parents is an essential services  and should continue during the Executive Shelter in Place Order.  Accordingly, parents should be following the terms for custody and visitation outlined in their parenting plan/visitation schedule.

 

O’Dell, O’Neal, Hungerford, and Blanchard have extensive experience in all aspects of custody and visitation matters. For questions regarding guidance from your superior court or questions regarding compliance with the terms of your parenting plan/visitation scheduled, please give us a call at 770-405-0164.

Extensive Experience in Probate Litigation and Administration

After the loss of a loved one, the estate must be probated in order to effectuate the administration and transfer of the individual’s assets and belongings. If the individual left a last will and testament, this document must be presented and probated. If there is no will, the individual’s estate will be administered pursuant to the intestate laws of Georgia. The probate process is critical to ensure the orderly administration of affairs, proper notice to creditors and closure of the matter to avoid unknown claims being asserted at a later date or time.

O’Dell, O’Neal, Hungerford, and Blanchard have extensive experience in all aspects of probate litigation and administration. These matters are highly emotional and the firm serves to provide compassionate and professional advice in order to allow the client to make prudent decisions. Our office is currently taking phone consultations and will ensure the estate process is completed following all current health and government guidelines. Please give us a call at 770-405-0164.

Simple Estate Planning At an Affordable Cost

O’Dell, O’Neal, Hungerford, and Blanchard specializes in providing simple estate planning at an affordable cost. Our goal is to provide clients with peace of mind that their affairs and families are secure. These services can include: preparation of a Last Will and Testament, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Directives for health care.

There is no better time than now to get your Will created. Our office is currently taking phone consultations and will prepare and execute your estate plan following all current health and government guidelines. Please give us a call at 770-405-0164.

Please Welcome Our New Associate, Susan Heikkila!

Image may contain: 1 person, standingWe are happy to introduce our newest Associate, Ms. Susan Heikkila! Susan was raised in Forsyth County and is a 2016 Magna Cum Laude graduate from Georgia College in Milledgeville. Susan attended Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, where she was a member of the Business & Law Society and became involved in government affairs at the State Capitol.