Update May 29, 2020
COVID-19 RESTORE ILLINOIS PHASE 3 UPDATE
As our region of the state enters the next phase in the Covid-19 Restore Illinois plan, Benckendorf & Benckendorf, P.C., will be lifting some of the restrictions we have had in place the last couple months.
Beginning June 1, our staff will return to work in their offices, and individuals may come in to drop off or pick up documents. Clients may also resume scheduling in-person appointments; however, conference calls and video conferences still are welcome and encouraged.
We continue to ask any individuals visiting our offices to maintain the recommended 6-foot social distancing space between themselves and others. We further request that all individuals wear masks when in our offices, especially during meetings when social distancing is difficult.
To help protect the safety and health of our clients and employees, the extra cleaning/sanitizing procedures we adopted in March will remain in place. Additionally, all staff members will be required to wear a mask when in close proximity to others.
If the situation changes or we receive new guidance from local, state, or federal agencies that affect any of the above, we will update you as soon as possible.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
Update March 23, 2020
COVID-19 STAY-AT-HOME ORDER UPDATE
Yes, Benckendorf & Benckendorf, P.C., will be open during normal business hours — with some limitations as noted herein — until further notice, as legal services are classified as an essential business in Gov. Pritzker’s Executive Order issued on March 20.
To help promote social distancing and enable individuals to stay home, we request that clients schedule phone conferences instead of in-person meetings as much as possible. If an in-person meeting is necessary, we ask that clients maintain the recommended 6-foot space between themselves and individuals in our office.
To help keep our staff safe and minimize contact, most employees will be working from home. Clients still can reach them by email and phone, just like when they are in the office. You may need to leave a message for one of our staff, but we will return your call in a timely manner.
In the coming weeks, we will continue to provide updates — on our Facebook and LinkedIn pages, as well as on our website at benckendorf.com/covid — on any changes that may affect our clients.
We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through these evolving circumstances together.
Update March 16, 2020
The offices of Benckendorf & Benckendorf, P.C., like so many other businesses around the country, are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
First and foremost, we encourage any client who already has a scheduled appointment to contact us if you would prefer to change your in-person visit to a conference call. We also will offer new appointments the option of scheduling a conference call instead of in-person meeting.
Individuals needing to provide us with documentation of any kind are asked to email our office scanned or photographed copies of those items. If you aren’t sure what email address to use, please call, and we will assist you with that information.
In our offices, we have adopted additional cleaning procedures, including disinfecting all client areas after meetings and asking individuals to take any pens used for signings with them. Further, we have instructed any employee showing signs of illness to stay home and follow procedures as prescribed by local, state, and national agencies.
The health and safety of our clients, employees, and communities is our top priority. We will keep you updated as this situation continues to evolve.