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NOTICE - COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) PANDEMIC

 

REDUCED OFFICE HOURS/CLOSURE AND REVISED OFFICE PROCEDURES

 

Due to the serious health concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic and the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada, the lawyers and staff at Sherman Law LLP will be practicing social distancing, self-monitoring, and self-isolation for COVID-19. We are most concerned about the effect of the virus on our team, including riding public transit to work, as well as the heightened risk associated with people coming into our office. Currently, no lawyers or staff members have tested positive for the COVID-19. However, some members of our team have recently traveled out of Canada, and as a result are currently in voluntary self-isolation for a 14 day period as recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada, ending April 2, 2020.

 

As a result, the following changes at our firm will be implemented effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 until further notice:

 

1. No Personal Attendance

 

Sherman Law LLP will not be permitting any clients or people generally to enter the office. Our main office door will continue to be locked and we will not be scheduling in office appointments. All personal attendance appointments will need to be rescheduled, unless they can be accommodated by telephone or video conference.

 

2. We will be working from home

 

Our lawyers and staff will be staying at home and working remotely from home whenever possible. We will continue to receive and monitor emails, faxes, and incoming mail. Our office will not have regular office hours and will be closed to the public. Our reception desk will be closed.

 

3. Urgent Matters

 

If the matter is urgent and meets the test of urgency as defined by the Superior Court of Justice, the lawyers will make arrangements to meet with a client by telephone or videoconference. The courts are currently closed due to COVID-19 until June 2020 for those matters that are not urgent. The court has set out that an urgent motion for family matters are those of extreme seriousness that may include child abduction or domestic violence. Please email your lawyer directly if you have an issue that you find to be urgent. We can problem solve with you and if necessary, make arrangements to go to court.

 

4. Non-Urgent Matters

 

All non-urgent matters will be dealt with by telephone or video conference. If personal attendance is required, they will need to be rescheduled when it is safe to do so as advised by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

 

5. New Clients/Initial Consultations

 

The lawyers will continue to speak and engage with new clients through an initial consultation conducted by telephone or by video conference to be arranged between the lawyer, the client, and the firm.

 

Thank you for your assistance during these unprecedented times. If you have any questions or concerns with regard to this Notice, or any other matter, please contact your specific lawyer directly by email.


Yours truly,


Aubrey J. Sherman (Mr.)
Sherman Law LLP

Managing Partner

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