We take the health, safety and well-being of our employees, clients and visitors seriously. In light of the ongoing and escalating COVID-19 pandemic, I am conducting new client consultations by way of video conference, using an app that is simple to download on your computer or mobile device. If you are unable to utilize such an app, I am willing to conduct consultations by telephone.
I will also continue to work remotely, and will be 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, PJ Pritts, will be working at the office, for the purpose of receiving calls, scheduling appointments, managing mail and court filings, and accepting drop-offs of documents from clients and counsel. Strict COVID-19 protocols are in place at the office, including the required use of masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing at any time it is necessary for a client or visitor to enter, limiting the time of meetings to simply drop off, pick up, or sign documents, and disinfecting all door handles, writing instruments, items and surfaces following each individual’s entry and departure. More details about our COVID-19 policy are posted on the door of our office and inside, and we welcome questions regarding any safety concerns. Our preference will be to circulate documents by email or mail, to avoid unnecessary visits to the office, to the extent reasonably possible.
Throughout the COVID-19 Court shutdown, and since the re-opening of the Westmoreland County Courthouse, 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, by conducting court proceedings by telephone conference or video conference, to the extent reasonably possible, and to the extent permitted by the court. Our local judges have been very accommodating in respecting the concerns of clients, counsel, and court visitors related to the ongoing pandemic, and to maintain safety for court personnel and their families, and we are grateful for the same. Many proceedings can be attended by way of telephone and/or CISCO WebEx video conference; however, each judge has his and her own policy in this regard. 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 navigate this unprecedented situation as it develops. If you need to reach us, you can email me at email@example.com or call the office at 724-832-9440. All of our best wishes go out to you and your family, for a safe passage through this difficult time.
Abby De Blassio