112 Silver Street
POB 559
Waterville, Maine  04903

Phone:  (207) 872-0112
Fax:  (207) 872-0002
O'Donnell Lee, P.A.
COVID-19 Procedures for client meetings,
real estate closings, and will signings.

Butler Whittier LLC merger with O'Donnell Lee, P.A.

As of October 30, 2017, Butler Whittier LLC has merged with O'Donnell Lee, P.A.  David Butler continues to work of counsel to the Firm.  Karen Markowitz and Melody Veilleux joined O'Donnell Lee, continuing their work as paralegals and real estate closing processors.

O'Donnell Lee has pledged to provide David Butler's clients with the same excellent service they are accustomed to.

Butler Whittier phone numbers and emails are scheduled to forward to O'Donnell Lee, but the physical location of Dave, Karen and Melody will be here at 112 Silver Street.  You can reach any of them via the number and address above.
As of March 1, 2022, masks are no longer required when visiting the Firm, but any party wishing to wear one is welcome to, and our attorneys and staff will also wear a mask if you desire.  Specialized surface sanitation procedures have halted. 

Regarding real estate closings, the parties will be asked for the preference of whether the buyer and seller portions of the closing are separate or combined and we will implement the highest level of precaution desired by any of the parties.

HOWEVER, any party experiencing symptoms of illness, especially fever, or known to have contact with a person with COVID-19 should NOT come into the office until you contact our staff to make special arrangements.

We will continue to review and adjust this procedure based upon new events, new variants, information from CDC, government orders, and input from our Lender and Realtor colleagues.
Closing Procedure for Closings held at Bank Locations or Realtor Offices:

1) Overall, we will comply with the precautions and measures established by the Realty Office or Bank Branch.

2) Buyers and Sellers will be scheduled to sign documents at separate times.

3) Buyers will be scheduled first.

4) Sellers will be scheduled to sign before or after the Buyer, at a separate time and possibly separate location.

5) To the extent possible, a complete set of closing papers will be scanned and emailed to the Buyers and Sellers for review before closing.

6) We will offer to schedule a phone or video consultation with the closing attorney and the parties to review the closing documents in the same manner we normally would at closing.  All explanations and questions should be resolved during this discussion.

7) Our objective is reduce each party's signing time to 10-15 minutes.  If the pre-consultation cannot occur, we will conduct the normal explanations at signing.

8) Parties will appear at the signing only to present ID, to be copied by smartphone app, sign papers, and deliver checks for closing funds.

9) The closing attorney will wash their hands before closing and present the signers with fresh pens from a ziploc bag, obtained from the carton at the office.

10) The signers will be asked to apply hand sanitizer before signing, if available.

11)  The closing attorney will observe the signing and release the parties.  The closing attorney will apply his signature where needed, and notary signature and notary stamp, after the signers depart or back at the office.

12) Realtors and Loan Officers do not need to attend closing, and are encouraged not to.  They are welcome to participate in the conference call and review of documents prior to signing.  Copies of the Deed and Settlement Statement will be transmitted to the Realtors after closing is complete.

13) If the Sellers sign before the Buyers, the closing proceeds check will be mailed to them or may be picked up after completion of Buyers' signing; it may also be possible to arrange to deposit directly into Sellers' bank account.

14) Signers will be requested not to bring anyone with them, such as children and friends, who are not necessary for the closing.

15) Used pens may be taken home by the signer or will be placed in the trash following signing.

16) We will continue to review and adjust this procedure based upon new events, information from CDC, and input from our Lender and Realtor colleagues.

Vers. 3/25/2020