We are happy to be OPEN again. Our staff schedules are staggered so we have someone in the Ithaca office during normal business hours, otherwise we are working remotely. We anticipate the Groton office reopening on a limited basis on in the week of June 22.
1) How can I meet with you?
a) Until at least July 6, 2020, meetings will be by appointment ONLY. If you have a scheduled appointment, please call 273-2900 for entry to the office. If you do not have an appointment, please call 273-2900 to schedule one. If a meeting in person is not necessary, we can schedule your meeting via video or phone conferencing.
b)For those who have an appointment, after being admitted to the building, please read the information posted in the hallway regarding our safe opening procedures recommended by the CDC to protect you and us. In particular, we will be asking all visitors to self-certify that they are not experiencing COVID symptoms and to wear a mask while in the office. If you are not able to take these steps, we’ll work with you to meet in some other way.
c) Like many, we’ll be practicing social distancing … so please excuse us for foregoing our usual warm handshakes!
2) How can I get something to you?
a) To protect us all, we continue to ask that you email documents to us whenever possible instead of mailing or dropping them off. Even taking a screenshot with your phone will work.
b) We have a secure Dropbox system to ensure larger document transmissions stay private. Please contact us for details on accessing that system for sending us larger items (like survey maps or videos).
c) If you have to deliver actual paper documents, we have a drop box to the right of our outside door – call us and we’ll come and get them.
d) Please do not come to our office (even to drop off documents) if you feel sick – you’ll be helping everyone you may encounter along the way stay well.
3) Can I still get documents signed? Recent changes to notary rules are still in force, so we can help you sign via video conference. We also have perfected signing documents from your car while we watch from our porches at either office – so we can find a way to get things done for you!
4) Will my Court date stay the same? Courts have reopened on a limited basis and we are now getting rescheduled dates in many cases – please check your email for details.
5) Can real estate or other transactions still “close?” Yes – but closings are going to take longer to finish as papers electronically sent between offices. We’ll describe that process to you for your situation.
If anything changes regarding the firm’s operation, we will let you know. Please let me know if you have any questions about how the coronavirus is affecting your case or the firm’s operations. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!