COVID-19 Office Procedures
During this time of uncertainty, we understand that you are concerned with how the current events impact each area of your business and personal life. We want to ensure you that we have taken necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients and friends. And of equal importance, we also want you to know that we remain operational and continue to work hard to address your estate and business legal needs.
At this time, we have enacted the following policies and procedures to address the situation:
- Employees –Thanks to several significant technological expansions within our firm, all the firm’s employees are fully connected and active with several working in-office and several remotely teleworking. We will continue to monitor the situation, and if required, all employees will telework from home maintaining the above operational procedures.
- Client Interaction – We will limit in-person meetings in favor of teleconference and video conference options, except for emergency situations, only. If you have a meeting scheduled within the next couple of weeks and you have not already heard from us, you will be receiving a phone call or email soon to determine your preference for a teleconference call, video conference call or re-scheduling of your meeting to a later date. We continue to work on all current engagements and plan to meet any agreed upon timelines. We continue to accept new clients.
For our litigation and estate administration clients, many Register of Wills offices and Orphans’ Courts have closed, and others only have a handful of essential personnel in their office. All Maryland Courts are likewise short staffed with essential personnel only, and are only hearing emergency matters. Although we are able to still file in the Circuit Court via e-filing for most counties. For those other counties and for all Registers of Wills/Orphans’ Courts where physical filings must be mailed, we anticipate significant delays. Any hearings scheduled in the next 2-3 weeks will be impacted and delayed, and we do not yet know the impact on future dates once the courts are back up and fully running. We will continue to update you as to the status of matters, as we learn additional information.
Like most of you, we are actively monitoring the situation and will continue to update you should there be any substantive changes to the above. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if you require assistance in any estate and/or business-related matters.
Be smart, enjoy time with family, and we hope you remain safe and healthy.