Lawyers Permitted to Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Many are sheltering in place, working or attending school from home, and generally avoiding large groups of people during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Social distancing is not only healthy, but the best way to slow the spread of the virus.  However, certain necessities still require us to leave our homes.  We all need groceries, gas, and access to medical care among other essential services.  Some may require legal services, but are law firms allowed to remain open?  And, is leaving your home to travel to and from your lawyer’s office permitted?  The answer to both questions is yes.

Lawyers are permitted to practice during the COVID=19 pandemic

Governor Northam’s Executive Orders (EO-53 and EO-55) regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) provide that businesses offering professional services (including law firms) may remain open, but should utilize teleworking as much as possible.  Where telework is not feasible, such businesses must adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and apply the relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities.[1]  Further, clients may leave their residences for the purpose of obtaining legal services.[2]  The governor’s orders remain in effect until June 10, 2020.

While the coronavirus has changed life for everyone, it has not changed our commitment to our clients – protecting your safety and legal rights.  The Allen Law Firm is continuing to serve new and existing clients by appointment and is following all state and federal safety recommendations.  Many meetings are being conducted by phone or video conference.  In person meetings are also possible with advance notice.  Using state of the art technology, our lawyers and staff continue to provide uninterrupted service to our clients.

State and federal courts are currently closed.  However, our attorneys and staff are still able to move our clients’ cases forward with video depositions, virtual mediations, and court hearings under certain circumstances.  In addition, we continue to perform legal research, case review and investigation, file legal pleadings and briefs, prepare written discovery, and submit and negotiate cases.

If you are a new client, don’t hesitate to contact us.   A short phone call allows us to immediately begin our assessment and investigation into your potential claim.

Founded in 1910, the Allen Law Firm is the oldest and largest personal injury law firm in Virginia. We have dedicated our practice to protecting the injured.  For a free consultation or to contact one of our attorneys, go to www.allenandallen.com or call 1-866-388-1307.

[1] Paragraph 8 of EO-53.

[2] Paragraph 1. a. of EO-55.