Coronavirus Urgent Legal Services

Free Legal Consultations Regarding Urgent Coronavirus Related Issues

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These are uncertain times. Social distancing can involve being cut off from coworkers and friends.

Advocates for women are reporting an increase in domestic violence due to the Coronavirus outbreak. In an effort to do our part, we are making our office available for free consultations to anyone feeling threatened or abused during this unprecedented social change.

On Saturdays during this crisis Partner Attorney John Kinney will be available if you need help. Please call 402-452-1918 to set up a Saturday appointment or feel free to make an appointment through our online scheduler.

Also available will be Partner Attorney Jill Mason, to provide free information via phone regarding Coronavirus Health Care Power of Attorney Services.

Kinney Mason wants to get free resources and information to anyone feeling isolated and afraid as a result of a domestic conflict, and also for any with an urgent need of legal assistance for prudent medical decisions of a loved one during this crisis and this message is only for that purpose. Be safe and stay healthy.

Information regarding appointments for COVID-19 Domestic Violence

Information Needed
We will need your name and phone number and email address, the name and dates of birth of any of your minor children that live with you, your address (and any additional addresses that you may want to feel safe at), and a brief description of how you have been threatened or assaulted or been put in fear for your personal safety in the last month. We will also need the name of the perpetrator (the person who has abused you), his or her home address, a description of his or her age, tattoos, physical description, work address, social security number and date of birth.
Meeting Expectations
If you are required to personally meet with us at any time, do not be concerned if we are wearing gloves or other protective clothing. We are opening our office to the public during a dangerous time to do so, and we want to keep you safe and keep us safe. We may ask that you sit in a particular chair or keep a certain distance away. We may ask that you not touch a particular surface. Please do not be offended.

COVID-19 is the respiratory infection that results from being exposed to Coronavirus. Its infection rate, its mortality rate, its incubation period and its novel epidemiologic features are different than the types of infections we are all familiar with. For purposes of your entry into our building, the most important unique feature is the relatively long incubation period of five days (this is a median figure with two to 14 days being the range). During this period, you may be capable of infecting others but may feel no symptoms. However, a lot of research suggests that you are most contagious when you are exhibiting symptoms. We do not want to bore you with more details concerning the virus that you can research on your own, but we believe that we have a duty to our community to try to avoid behavior that will stress our medical system and cause unnecessary deaths due to a large wave of illnesses. We also believe that we can help in this regard by giving you direction if you personally meet with us.
Health Concerns and Personal Contact Phone Consultation. We want to help you, but we do not want to risk your health or our health in doing so. We will try to schedule a phone consultation in most cases. The number that will display on your phone will likely be 402-452-1918 or 402-517-1044 unless we are so overwhelmed with contacts that we ask other lawyers and law firms to help us.

Personal Contact. The COVID-19 virus is spread through personal contact and contact with surfaces that contain the virus. With respect to your entry into our building we ask you to consider the following:

  1. Have you had flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days (fever, cough, respiratory?
  2. Have you been in contact with persons who exhibited or are currently exhibiting flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days?
  3. Has anyone you have had personal contact with in the last two weeks been diagnosed with the virus?
  4. Is anyone you have had personal contact with in the last two weeks exhibiting flu-like symptoms?
  5. Have you lacked discipline in your behavior related to social distancing in the last two weeks?
  6. Have you traveled outside of the United States, or do you live with someone who has, in the last 14 days?


  7. IF YOU ANSWER YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE QUESTIONS WE ASK THAT YOU NOT ENTER OUR BUILDING.
Facts: Domestic Violence During Quarantine We have provided links to articles suggesting that isolation compounds violence and suggesting that abuse victims are more at risk during coronavirus quarantines:

Houston Chronicle: Domestic Violence Abuse Quarantine

Orlando Sentinel: Coronavirus Domestic Violence Shelters

Yahoo News: Coronavirus Lockdown Dangerous Time Victims
Volunteer Information If you would like to volunteer to provide assistance to domestic abuse victims we ask that you email us at at jkinney@kinneymason.com. We are looking for lawyers to assist us if we become overwhelmed with persons needing assistance and, potentially, individuals or families that are willing to provide shelter to domestic violence victims should existing resources in the Omaha area become strained due to the current situation.

Information regarding: Coronavirus Health Care Power of Attorney Services

Information Needed
Full name, with middle name, address, county in Nebraska where you live, cell phone number, email, social security number, date of birth, and the full names of two individuals with competency who you believe should make decisions regarding your care in the event of your incapacity/disability.
Meeting Expectations
If you are required to personally meet with us at any time, do not be concerned if we are wearing gloves or other protective clothing. We are opening our office to the public during a dangerous time to do so, and we want to keep you safe and keep us safe. We may ask that you sit in a particular chair or keep a certain distance away. We may ask that you not touch a particular surface. Please do not be offended.

COVID-19 is the respiratory infection that results from being exposed to Coronavirus. Its infection rate, its mortality rate, its incubation period and its novel epidemiologic features are different than the types of infections we are all familiar with. For purposes of your entry into our building, the most important unique feature is the relatively long incubation period of five days (this is a median figure with two to 14 days being the range). During this period, you may be capable of infecting others but may feel no symptoms. However, a lot of research suggests that you are most contagious when you are exhibiting symptoms. We do not want to bore you with more details concerning the virus that you can research on your own, but we believe that we have a duty to our community to try to avoid behavior that will stress our medical system and cause unnecessary deaths due to a large wave of illnesses. We also believe that we can help in this regard by giving you direction if you personally meet with us.
Health Concerns and Personal Contact
Phone Consultation. We want to help you, but we do not want to risk your health or our health in doing so. We will try to schedule a phone consultation in most cases. The number that will display on your phone will likely be 402-452-1918 or 402-517-1044 unless we are so overwhelmed with contacts that we ask other lawyers and law firms to help us.

Personal Contact. The COVID-19 virus is spread through personal contact and contact with surfaces that contain the virus. With respect to your entry into our building we ask you to consider the following:
  1. Have you had flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days (fever, cough, respiratory)?
  2. Have you been in contact with persons who exhibited or are currently exhibiting flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days?
  3. Has anyone you have had personal contact with in the last two weeks been diagnosed with the virus?
  4. Is anyone you have had personal contact with in the last two weeks exhibiting flu-like symptoms?
  5. Have you lacked discipline in your behavior related to social distancing in the last two weeks?
  6. Have you traveled outside of the United States, or do you live with someone who has, in the last 14 days?


IF YOU ANSWER YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE QUESTIONS WE ASK THAT YOU NOT ENTER OUR BUILDING.

Please schedule a 15-minute phone consultation using the calendar below by typing in your full name and phone number. No one but the lawyers and staff at Kinney Mason can see your information. If we feel that you need immediate help we will schedule a meeting or another consultation.

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