Both of our attorneys are back and operating at a near-normal capacity. Email is still the best means of communication, but the office phone line is being managed as well.
The medical research and government guidelines are crystal clear: the risk of infection is highest when multiple people spend more than ten minutes in one room together. With this information, it is impossible for us to safely hold in-person client meetings in our office. We will not put public health, or your health, at risk. We have been and will remain available via office phone, email, mail, and multiple video conferencing platforms. On rare occasion, those platforms may not be enough.
Any in-person contact comes with risk. However, the medical research has also shown that the risk of infection decreases when certain precautions are taken. Therefore, on rare occasion and only when necessary, we may hold an in-person meeting in an open-air setting. Masks and gloves will be mandatory, and we will maintain our six-foot distance. Because of the risk associated with any in-person contact, this option is available only to those who want and need an in-person meeting.
The impact of COVID-19 has officially reached the legal community. Both the Federal Courts and Minnesota State Courts have issued orders placing limits on the type of cases and hearings that will be heard. The response at the state level will be slightly different in each County, and many Counties are still working on their specific plans.
At the state level, different case types have been assigned a different level of priority—Low, Medium, High, and Super High. Most civil cases are in the Medium category, meaning there will be no civil hearings for 14 days, with limited exceptions. At the federal level, all jury trials have been continued through April 27, 2020. Whether to hold hearings during this time has been left to individual judicial discretion.
We at Anderson Law Group have decided to listen to the experts and will be working out of our home offices for the next couple of weeks. Due to the courier traffic through our offices, we will not be conducting any in-person meetings with clients during this time. We will still be answering the office phone number (651-253-2228), responding to email, and checking our mailbox.
This is a fluid situation for everyone, and much of what we do depends on the Court’s response. You will be updated as things evolve. If you have any questions regarding how this impacts your case, please feel free to call or email.
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