“Our law office is still open for business but my staff and I are almost exclusively working from home. My office was ahead of the game in that we already had our entire practice on the cloud. That makes it very easy to transition to a home office setting and continue to be up and running as if we were physically in the office. I go to my office once a week to check the mail and scan documents. We are continuing to set up appointments using the phone, Facetime, Skype, and Zoom.
We’ve been taking these precautions for the past couple of weeks with very few hitches. Everyone has been very understanding of the situation. For a while now, we’ve been accepting credit card payments and direct bank transfers for potential clients to pay consult fees or invoices online, so that has not been an issue.
In terms of the status of the courts right now, New York courts are only operating on essential filings and hearings in my field, which is divorce and family court. The only issues that Family Court is accommodating right now are “emergency filings.” Please consult this Memo: http://www.nycourts.gov/LegacyPDFS/press/PDFs/PR20_07.pdf
Persons with Divorce or Family Court cases are advised to consult the NYS Court’s website (http://www.nycourts.gov/index.shtml) on a daily basis for updates on the courts’ status.”