Returning to the Office and Being Safe

After almost 10 weeks of working remotely from home, we are officially returning to the office the week of June 8, 2020! While we are very excited to be returning to our physical office, we are still aware things could change again quickly. Therefore, we will be taking necessary and proactive steps to keep our clients and our staff safe. 

 

Please review the below information as to how our office will be operating moving forward and what is going on with Indiana Courts. If you have any questions or concerns during this time, do not hesitate to reach out to our office. We hope you and your family are and have been safe and healthy during the last few weeks.  

Office Operations through July 2020

(as of June 7, 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 for now. We will be having limited in person meetings for emergency situations and when deemed necessary by Attorney Jameson. 

  • 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 home in March 18, 2020-June 5, 2020.

  • In Person Meetings: If you must appear in our office for a meeting, we will have the following and ask that you please:

    • 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. 

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

As we are sure you are aware, Central Indiana Courts have not been operating as normal. The courts are making determinations as to the protocols in re-opening and what that re-opening will look like moving forward. Some counties are slowly beginning in-person emergency hearings, some are conducting hearings via video conferencing, and others are still unable to open. Our office stays in contact with each court, as long as they are available, to determine how our clients' cases will be handled and heard by the Court. 

As soon as we hearing something from the Courts, believe us we are telling you immediately too. We stress to our clients to make sure they are reading the Event Notice Updates they are receiving via the Client Portal and to email Ashley or Celeste with any questions as to how their hearing date will take place. 

 

ADR/Mediation – Mediations are being conducted either via video conference or in-person. This is determined by either the mediator or attorneys. 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 2.5+ hours. 

 

 

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