Since COVID the legal world has changed in how meetings, consultations, hearings, mediations, and depositions are conducted on a daily basis. The Courts and many legal providers now conduct many matters virtually. We know these changes may be new and confusing to some. Below is a breakdown on what our office operates and how Courts and other legal professionals may operate in this new virtual legal world.
Consultations and Client Meetings: We will continue to offer initial consultations and client meetings by telephone and video conference due to the positive feedback we have received. Our clients and prospective clients have enjoyed the ease of having their meetings done from the comfort of their home or while at work. No need to take off an entire morning or afternoon to attend a meeting, in person. We will also have in-person meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays as scheduling permits.
Office Location: Our physical office will still remain closed to walk-ins and non-scheduled drop-ins. This is due to a number of reasons, such as client confidentiality and scheduling. Since 2020, we now conduct many hearings and mediations in office and want to ensure no interruptions during this important moments. Please do not come to the office to drop off any documents, speak with someone, or make in person payments, without a scheduled appointment.
Indiana Courts and Mediation
Indiana Courts are still catching up with scheduling legal cases, even now. With the addition of having to reschedule legal cases effected by 2020 closures, the amount of legal cases in central Indiana has exponentially risen. This is causing many hearings and mediations to be scheduled out at least 3 to 6 months in some instances.
Most hearings and mediations are either being conducted in-person or by Zoom/WebEx. The ability to conduct hearings by Zoom/WebEx has been positive, especially as to mediations. We have had a lot of success in helping our client resolve and conclude their legal case by virtual mediation. We attribute this to the client's ability to attend mediation from their home or work, a less stressful and convenient environment. No one enjoys sitting in a room for 4 to 10 hours. If your hearing or mediation is scheduled to take place virtually, you will be provided with the login information or have the option to attend the virtual hearing or mediation in our office with Attorney Jameson.
If your hearing is in-person, some courts are limiting attendance to only the parties and attorneys. Witnesses, friends, family members, and significant others may have to wait outside the courthouse until called to testify. Luckily, most of the courthouses are in the center of town and have wonderful eateries, shops, and scenery they can explore while they wait.