FLORIDA LAW FIRMS AND THE CORONAVIRUS EFFECT
Law firms across Florida have had to adapt to COVID-19 as a result of closed courtrooms, travel limitations and working from remote locations in order to reduce the health risks brought on by the spread of the coronavirus. With jury trials suspended until the end of April by Florida Chief Justice Charles Canady, and oral arguments until June, trial attorneys will need to rely on E-technologies to carry-out legal proceedings and other activities as recommended by Florida courts. According to Craig Waters, director of the state Supreme Court’s Public Information Office, “Members of the Bar are stepping up to the plate in implementing Chief Justice Charles Canady’s statewide orders about the public health emergency. This is a serious emergency, but Florida’s legal professionals understand its seriousness and are working together to make the system work as well as possible.” The efforts proposed are fundamental for the court system to keep operating effectively while aiming to limit the spread of COVID-19 among the population. The most effective to measure law firms can take to safeguard against being infected by the coronavirus, which can be deadly to the elderly and frail, is to work remotely and remain isolated at home. Meanwhile, online notaries will see more work and the Supreme Court has given notaries the green light when it comes to not having to be physically present, allowing for law firms proceed more swiftly with depositions. Encrypted technologies and communication provide attorneys with the tools to keep client information confidential despite having to work off a desktop or by phone from home. In Miami-Dade, Florida’s 11th Circuit court ordered that judicial deadlines and time limits set by orders, rules and statutes be suspended until the last week of April. Federal courts apply electronic filing systems for documentation and pleadings for the time being while the Florida Supreme Court will continue litigation, which will impact clients and attorneys alike in terms of active litigation cases that involve discovery, document production, depositions, etc. While many Florida law firms are still open, most will have eventually be serving clients from remote locations in order to safeguard the well-being of their staff and help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, which is fundamental for a prompt return to normality.
In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm is open and serving clients from remote locations, aiming to continue delivering the best possible service and achieve the highest possible levels of client satisfaction. Its entire staff is available and fully dedicated to its clients needs when requesting updates and information concerning their case. Furthermore, the Perazzo Law Firm recommends that Florida residents contact us ONLINE of CALL (786) LAWS-411 for a FREE initial consultation in the event of an accident taking place amid the coronavirus pandemic.