In light of the recent developments around the Coronavirus (or COVID-19) and the uncertainty we are all facing day to day, we felt it important to assure you that we expect no major interruptions to the services that we provide to you.

OUR CLOUD SYSTEMS MEAN YOU CAN ALWAYS CONTACT US IF YOU NEED US

After considering guidance provided by the Australian Government Department of Health, Blackburn ’ Prior will be limiting the number of face to face meetings we will conduct. Where possible we will conduct meetings via telephone and web meeting facilities with effect from Friday the 20th of March.

We are putting these measures in place to contribute to the efforts being made to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The health and wellbeing of our clients, team and the broader community is paramount.

While we don’t know if we’ll be working from our office or working from our homes in coming days or weeks, we have invested heavily in the latest technology in recent years, and this means we can keep assisting you no matter what may happen.

All members of our team are able to work remotely and have access to all the technology systems and tools they use daily to assist their clients.

Please keep emailing or phoning your normal contact points at Blackburn ’ Prior when you need us, and we will be here to help you!

GOOD ADVICE IS NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER

If you have any general queries, requests for bookings for meetings or requests for documents, please feel free to contact us on 02 6621 2257 Lismore or 02 6681 1720 Ballina if you need any assistance.

Business and Tax

The Australian Government has just released their $17.6 billion economic stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 virus. It is designed to help employers to keep their workforce levels. There are key tax benefits that business owners need to access over the next few months. Our expert Accountants are here to help business owners receive the maximum benefits they can.

Wealth Advice

The share markets have crashed due to fear and uncertainty in the marketplace. As has happened before, when this crisis is over the markets are likely to pick up again. Keeping a long term focus and not panicking now is the key to success. Contacting your financial planner to review your position is an important step to understanding the current situation.

IMPORTANT – GET YOUR ENDURING POWER OF ATTORNEY (EPOA) AND WILL UPDATED NOW

If you have to self-quarantine or are admitted to hospital, if you don’t have an EPOA then no-one else can make important business or financial decisions on your behalf.

We strongly recommend that you have an up to date EPOA and Will, and that your family know where these are stored.

We have close relationships with a number of legal firms who can assist you with these documents in a timely manner. Please contact us if you require any assistance with these documents.

NEXT STEPS

These are times when we need to stay calm and rely on reliable news sources and information from State and Australian Government websites. What you see on social media may be panicky and unreliable information – stay away from this!

Our team at Blackburn ’ Prior are here to help you.
Please phone us on 02 6621 2257 Lismore or 02 6681 1720 Ballina.

Regards,

Andrew Lowrey
Director

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