We take the health, safety and well-being of our employees, clients and visitors seriously. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant, I am continuing to conduct new client consultations by way of Zoom video conference. If you are unable to utilize the Zoom app, I am willing to conduct consultations by telephone.
I will be working at the office, and am willing to have telephone and video conferences with existing clients, and to conduct telephone and video conferences with opposing parties and/or their counsel to keep client matters moving. My paralegal, Julie Antill, continues to work remotely, for the purpose of receiving calls, scheduling appointments, and expediting my caseload. At such times that an office appointment is necessary, strict COVID-19 protocols remain in place including a) the required use of masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing at any time it is necessary for a client or visitor to enter, b) limiting the time of meetings to simply drop off, pick up, or sign documents, and c) disinfecting all door handles, writing instruments, items and surfaces following each individual’s departure. We welcome questions regarding any safety concerns. Our preference will be to circulate documents by email or mail, or through our Clio client portal, to avoid unnecessary visits to the office to the extent reasonably possible. There is also a convenient and secure mail drop to the left of the front entry of the office, for no-contact drop offs both during and after regular business hours.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had great success in resolving client matters amicably, without the need for Court intervention, as a result of our collaborative approach to conflict resolution. This approach benefits those who wish to avoid litigation, and who wish to limit exposure to the COVID-19 virus, to resolve their pending divorce, custody and support matters out of court.
To the extent that court intervention is necessary, we attempt to limit our own and client exposure to COVID-19 and its variants by conducting court proceedings by telephone conference or video conference, to the extent reasonably possible, and to the extent permitted by the court. We continue to monitor evolving changes in the manner that proceedings are to be conducted in court, so that we may advise and prepare our clients accordingly.
We thank you for your understanding, support, and patience as we continue to navigate this unprecedented situation as it develops.
Abby De Blassio, Esq.