Our most urgent priority is the safety of our employees and the community we serve, so we understand there is a concern about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on daily activities. We want to inform you of the actions we’re taking at Morneau Law to support you during this fluid time.
The current Emergency Order from the NH Governor issued on March 26th, states that we should stay at home with the exception of essential businesses. We are deemed an essential business that will remain open to allow our clients to access the justice system, resolve parenting matters and update and create estate planning documents.
The NH Judicial Branch has suspended all in-person hearings with some exceptions through June 15th or so long as the Emergency Orders are in effect. There have been allowances for telephonic hearings, video hearings and remote document signing so that we can limit your exposure to others and remain safe. We will still have access to the Court for emergency filings at this time. Anyone needing to go to the Court will be require to wear a mask.
Should a trip to our office be the only option for your legal needs, we are frequently wiping down our reception and public meeting areas and all entry points, seating and hard surfaces. We also have masks for our team as well as clients if you do not have a mask. Furthermore, we are adhering to respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette infection control measures, such as performing proper hand hygiene, and providing tissues and no-touch receptacles to throw away used tissues. Our staff is only coming into the office as needed and otherwise working remotely.
In addition, for your added convenience and peace of mind, our law office is offering:
- Call-in phone meetings and consultations
- Virtual conferences (phone and web)
- Remote execution of estate planning documents as well as any Court forms requiring notary services
- Dedicated in-person conference room that allows for secure, private meetings while adhering to social distancing protocols
We are in regular communication with the NH Judicial Branch and NH Bar Association. Any changes to the current processes will be communicated to you as soon as those changes become public and, at that time, we will provide clear next-step directions to ease any concerns and reduce any confusion or miscommunication. Additionally, are converting any scheduled in-person appointment to a telephone appointment with your Attorney and have several options to accommodate your needs, such as Zoom video conferences, Skype video conferences and appointments via telephone.
If you’re planning to visit our office, we ask that if you are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath that you please reschedule your appointment with us and see your primary care physician. In addition, we are asking employees who are sick to stay home. If anyone has a fever or becomes sick while at work, we will immediately release them to see their medical provider.
The health of our clients, guests and team members remains our highest priority and we appreciate your patience and understanding while we navigate through this rapidly developing situation. For more information on the coronavirus, visit the CDC website.
The Morneau Law Team