Our Response to COVID-19

Our Firm is Open!

We wish our clients and community good health and well-being in this difficult and concerning time.

At Andrea Jakob, PA, we want to make sure you and your family are safe and healthy.  The coronavirus outbreak has affected all of us, our families, our community and the world; but we haven’t stopped caring about our clients.

Your safety is our priority. We wish you good health and peace of mind to yourself and your loved ones.

Andrea L. Jakob with clients

For the latest updates, visit FloridaHealth.gov, email COVID-19@flhealth.gov or call the COVID-19 Call Center at 954-357-9500. To learn what Broward County is doing, visit Broward.org/Coronavirus.

 

During this crisis, we want you to have flexibility when working with our firm.  We want you to know that virtual meetings are available.  Web meetings enable us to connect, review your unique circumstances and evaluate your needs, all from the comfort of your home or office, without delaying your planning objectives. We are also available to conduct phone meetings.

What can you do today to protect yourself?

You must make sure your loved ones have the ability to speak on your behalf if you become ill or incapacitated. 

We need to make sure you have the appropriate documents to protect every aspect of your life in this time of crisis.  If separated from your family, will your loved ones be able to make medical decisions on your behalf, communicate with insurance companies, government agencies, banks, financial institutions, credit card companies? A Financial Power of Attorney and Designation of Health Care Surrogate are of paramount importance more now than ever.

Call me to help guide you in creating the emergency planning documents for today and the future.

 

How will I sign my documents?

During this crisis, we are meeting remotely, signing documents via “drive-by” (meeting outside, with a folding table and notary and witnesses at 6 feet distance!)

For our video-meetings we are using Zoom.

 

We are here to protect you any way possible!

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County Issues Emergency Order Urging Residents to Shelter in Place

  – Order clarifies essential businesses and defines essential employees –

 BROWARD COUNTY, FL – County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-03 today, announcing a Shelter-in-Place: Safer at Home Policy for residents. The Order clarifies certain aspects of Emergency Order 20-01, particularly with regard to businesses identified as “essential,” and defines “essential employees.”

The Order states:

“Individuals are strongly urged to remain home other than to engage in essential activities, which are the minimum activities necessary to conduct Minimum Business Operations as defined…or to engage in or patronize Essential Businesses as defined…unless otherwise expressly exempted from the limitations of Broward County Administrator’s Emergency Order 20-01.”

Individual daily outdoor exercise that complies with social distancing guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is permitted.

 Updates to “Essential Businesses”

The Order updates the list of “essential businesses” and clarifies certain provisions. Residents and business owners/operators should read the full Emergency Order for details, and/or consult with their attorney for further clarification. All businesses that continue to operate throughout the COVID-19 crisis must operate in full compliance with CDC social distancing guidelines.

Definition of Essential Employees

Emergency Order 20-03 also defines “essential employees.” The list includes first responders, public health workers, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, law enforcement personnel and related contractors, persons working for emergency services providers, and governmental employees performing work in the course and scope of their employment.

The Order also allows the Broward County Administrator or designee to designate additional persons and entities as essential employees, without further amending the Order.

Essential employees are exempt from any travel or other restrictions relating to COVID-19 that are issued by any local governmental entity, to the extent those activities are required for the employee to complete their duties.

 

 

Today, Department of Revenue Executive Director Jim Zingale issued two emergency orders: Emergency order #20-52-DOR-001 to extend the final due date for property tax payments and Emergency order #20-52-DOR-002 to extend certain filing deadlines for Florida businesses. This action is taken to provide short-term relief to taxpayers while recognizing the requirement for a balanced state budget.

 

For taxpayers who have additional questions, the Department of Revenue has established a dedicated team to address tax-related issues pertaining to COVID-19 and created an email address, COVID19TAXHELP@floridarevenue.com. Visit the Department’s webpage for COVID-19 updates. For more information or to sign up for email updates from the Department of Revenue, visit floridarevenue.com