I hope this message finds you well during what are challenging times for us all. These past weeks have brought many changes, some temporary, and others that may become part of our new normal for the time being. In a time like this, I know that it is now as important as ever for you to know that I am able to assist you with your needs. While there are some basic limitations based upon the limited operation of our courts, this does not mean that everything is at a complete stand-still. In fact, aside from longer waiting periods for formal actions from the court, your experience as my client can and should be and feel much the same as life before COVID-19.
Information is powerful, and as my client, you deserve to feel empowered by some of the facts, rather than any fictions or fears. On March 17th, our local courts declared a judicial state-of-emergency, effectively limiting the operation of the courts through April 14th. This declaration has been extended twice now, including on March 31st, and most recently, on April 16th. As of right now, the courts will continue to operate on a limited basis through May 31st. These decisions have been made at the county level, informed by and in alignment with all of the state-level mandates thus far. What this tells us is that we are hoping to see some restrictions lifted as soon as it seems to be safe for more of us to return to work and daily life without sheltering in place at home.
In short, what all of this means is that the courthouse is closed to the public, with only certain proceedings able to take place under the limited operations of the courts. This does NOT mean that any and all work on your case has stopped. In fact, one of the reasons you came to see me in the first place is because of my commitment to alternative dispute resolution, and keeping as much of your case out of the courts as reasonably possible. Fortunately for us, we are able to continue much of the work that needs to be done on your behalf, including addressing any recent or future changes in your circumstances, either due to COVID-19, or for any other reason.
As you know, my staff and I are all working remotely. I am happy to report that our day-to-day operations working from home have become more normalized, and we are continuing to update the way that we are doing things in order to better serve you. One of the most important changes we have made is to get set up for easy video conferencing, which enables me to connect with you virtually during the time that we are unable to meet face-to-face. We are now offering video conferencing using Zoom, which you can download and use for free on any mobile device or computer, regardless of the brand or operating system.
I’d like to take the opportunity to remind you how to best get in touch with us:
- You may contact us at any time by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; We will respond as soon as possible during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM
Lastly, I would like to thank you for your continued trust and confidence in my abilities to represent you, and to assist you with your needs during this difficult time. Stay healthy and well. I look forward to connecting with you virtually during our next appointment.
All my best,