MAKE SURE We have your current contact information, designated emergency contacts and in the event the worst were to happen make sure you have a Will or some form of written instructions for how your property and belongings are to be handled in the event you become incapacitated or worse.
Over the past two years, the Association has run into multiple situations where Unit Owners were confronted with very challenging events or emergency situations – even death, and we did not have emergency contacts and/or heirs to the estates were not named. And we can’t just let any supposed friends or family into such units without some reasonable and appropriate documentation.
We’ve actually had three Owners’ units taken over in recent years by the Cook County Public Administrator, because there was no heir named or family that could be located. These end up being very messy transactions that can take years to resolve. However, what we feel is saddest is watching someone’s home and belongings be sold off by the County or even worse – just thrown out.
The best we can suggest for the worst case scenario is to draft your last will and testament. You can find ample examples online, but to be truly well prepared, hiring an estate planner or attorney would help you make sure you get things buttoned up as seamless as possible.
But even just getting your intentions down on paper and in writing, with a date and signature – even notarized if possible – would be much better than nothing at all. And, we know – we dealt with the “nothing at all” scenario multiple times now.
We’ve also had emergency situations arise, where there was no indication at all on file, of who Management could contact such as a friend or family member. You may have seen our Posts in the past about updating your Emergency Contact Information. We do these at least annually, and for very good reason. There are stories we could tell everyone about complicated and challenging situations that have come up, where we are at a complete loss to help because we don’t have any direction. Again, we can’t just let anyone into your unit no matter how much they insist that’s what the Owner or resident would want us to do.
Below is the most recent such post we did. Please take the time to read this and consider carefully who you want to designate as emergency contacts, so that if something happens and you are unable to communicate, we have someone you trust designated to help us navigate the situation. Or even just simply for us to let people important to you know what is going on.
ORIGINAL POST July 22nd
In the event of an emergency, we will do our best to communicate any instructions owners or residents might need to receive from either management or the authorities. In order to accommodate this flow of information, we need to be able to contact you or someone close to you as soon as possible.
Please complete the contact information form on the back side of this letter (Resident Contact Info Form 07.2021), including a home phone number, cell phone number, and work phone number for yourself and any individuals we can contact on your behalf in the event of an emergency, or any other time that it may be necessary.
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Thank you for your time.
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