COVID-19 (novel Corona virus) Measures

April 20, 2020

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the Governor and the New York State Unified Court System continue to release new guidelines, regulations and guidance.

As of today, the Courts are still not accepting any new filings. We believe this will lead to a significant backlog, once court operations return to normal. The Court’s recently released guidance that existing cases (even non emergency ones) will be heard to extent possible via video conference.

Of more importance for our Estate Planning and Real Estate clients, the Governor has issues a series of Executive Orders allowing for remote notary and witnessing of documents. Typically, notarization and witnessing of documents would need to take place in person. However, during the crisis, New York is relaxing these rules in order to reduce contact between people (Social Distancing).

We will continue to keep you posted as we learn more.

Thank you and stay safe,

Alex Keenan, Managing Attorney

MARCH 17, 2020

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, our firm, like most small businesses, have had to rethink our daily operations, particularly in light of the fact that so much of what we do requires in-person meetings.

To be clear, the firm is open and we are continuing to serve our clients to the maximum level possible. However, we have instituted a few changes to conform with the “Social Distancing” guidelines. The firm’s first priority is the health and safety of our staff, clients and their family members.

Effective March 17, 2020, and until further notice, we will not be hosting any in-person Estate Planning Workshops. We are currently working on implementing a method to host workshops in a virtual “webinar” environment.

Effective March 17, 2020, the firm is also offering any clients or prospective clients the option to meet virtually, by Zoom meeting. This is a free service the firm is offering so that we can accommodate clients who are high risk, are close to a high risk person, or who simply want to practice “Social Distancing”.

For those meetings that require an in-person interaction (real estate closings and will signings, for example), rest assured that our offices and conference rooms are disinfected between appointments. If you would like to postpone an in-person meeting, please notify us so that we can make arrangements.

Also please note that the New York State court system has implemented measures to reduce traffic in the courthouse. Please contact your attorney to determine if your case is effected.

As always, we are here for you and your family. These uncertain times call for flexibility. As we learn more, we will continue to adapt and will post updates here to keep you informed.

Thank you for your continued trust and stay well.

Respectfully,

Alex Keenan, Managing Attorney