YOUR LEGAL CASE
Please review the below information as to office operations and what is going on with Indiana Courts. If you have any questions or concerns during this time, do not hesitate to reach out. We hope you and your family are and have been safe and healthy.
Current Office Operations
(as of January 1, 2022)
The Law Office of Donna Jameson, LLC is committed to you and your case. We must implement the below measures to ensure client and staff safety due to the recent rise in COVID-19 numbers:
1. We will continue conducting meetings by telephone or video conference. Our clients and prospective clients have enjoyed the ease of having these meetings done from the comfort of their home or while at work.
Telephone and Video Meetings: We have taken all precautions to create a secure environment via Zoom and Microsoft Teams. While of course no one can 100% guarantee security by one of these platforms, we have not encountered any breach while working remotely from our homes.
2. Our physical office will still remain closed to walk-ins and non-scheduled drop-ins. Please do not come to the office, drop off any documents or make in person payments, without a scheduled appointment.
If you have documents to give: Use whatever method you are familiar with to e-mail or upload the documents via the MyCase Client Portal.
If you are not familiar with an application to use, we HIGHLY recommend you download onto your phone the Adobe Scan app - it’s free! You will take pictures of the documents you want to send to us, then e-mail or upload them via the Client Portal.
Schedule an appointment to drop off the documents at our office.
If you need to make a payment: please pay via the on-line portal, call to make payment over the phone, or mail your payment to our office.
3. If you have an upcoming mediation, deposition, or hearing and have to attend it in-person, please let us know immediately if you:
have not been feeling well in general or have a severe cough.
have been exposed to the virus (or someone possibly having the virus) in the last 14 days.
have traveled on a plane within the last 14 days.
have ran a fever in the last 24 hours.
cannot find a safe third-party to care for your children.
Indiana Courts and Mediation
While most county courts in Indiana have re-opened, they are not operating normally yet. There have also been the need for some courtrooms to close due to a person having COVID-19 while present in the courtroom. Courts are also catching up and reworking the way they operate, even in 2022. Hearings and mediations are being scheduled out at least 3 to 5 months.
Most hearings are either being conducted in-person or by Zoom/WebEx. The ability to conduct hearings by Zoom/WebEx has been pretty positive in our opinion. It sometimes allows for faster scheduling of hearings. If you have a hearing scheduled to take place by a video platform and have questions or need assistance on setting up the programs, please contact our office.
The courts have implemented rules as to in-person hearings. Our office will let you know your courts exact rules and guidelines before a hearing. Most courts are requiring parties to wear masks, except when testifying. Also, some courts are limiting only parties and attorneys into the courthouse/courtroom. 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.
ADR/Mediation – Mediations are being conducted by video conference. Attorney Jameson has actually had a lot of success in assisting her clients resolve and conclude their cases by video mediation. The ability for the client to attend mediation from their home or work is less stressful and more convenient than sitting 4 to 10 hours in a room.