COVID &

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.

Office Operations through 2020

(as of August 5, 2020)

The Law Office of Donna Jameson, LLC is committed to you and your case, but must implement the below measures to ensure client and staff safety.

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. We will also conduct limited in-person meetings for emergency situations and when deemed necessary by the attorney.

  • 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.

  • In Person Meetings: If you must appear in our office for a meeting:

    • Follow the guidelines as to safe distancing, especially when you enter the office. Please keep a safe distance from the front desk when you enter the office. 

    • Due to the intimate size of our office, we are unable to accommodate you bringing anyone with you to the meeting. Only you will be allowed in the office. 

    • Notify our office immediately if you have been exposed to the virus (or exposed to someone having the virus) in the last 14 days, have had a fever of 101+ in the last 24 hours, severe cough, or generally have not been feeling well. 

    • Masks and sanitizer will be provided​ for you. You must wear a mask.  

2. Our physical office will still remain closed to clients and third parties. We ask that you please do not come to the office, drop off any documents or make in person payments without first setting an appointment (you are not charged for dropping off documents or making payments).  

  • 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 just as normal yet. There have also been the need for some courtrooms to close due to a person having COVID-19 while present in the courtroom. Therefore the courts are also operating on a schedule very much like the rest of the country right now., one day at a time.

 

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. Most courts do require parties to wear masks into the courthouse and courtroom, accept when testifying. Also, no one can enter the courthouse accept for the parties and attorneys. That means all witnesses, friends, family members, and significant others must 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 – Most mediations are being conducted by video conference. Attorney Jameson has actually had a lot of success in assisting her clients to 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.

 

However, we do ask though that if your mediation is taking place in-person that you notify our office immediately if you are sick or have been exposed to anyone who is sick within the last 14 days, have a fever, severe cough, or not feeling well in general. This is extremely important that you do so as mediation takes place in a small confined room with at least 2 other people for at least 3+ hours. 

 

 

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