In accordance with the Illinois mandate to stay at home, The Evans Williams Law Group has made a few changes to our operating procedures. Here are the updates to the list items we posted last week:
1. Our entire staff is working remotely. Our office will not be open during the required Illinois stay-at-home period. However, our staff are all working regular hours from home. If you need to drop off documents that you do not have capability to fax or email, please use our mail drop box on our door. Since we are a service that is deemed essential by Illinois during this time, we will be stopping by the office periodically to check for documents. We will also be getting mail through the post office if you need to send anything to us.
2. Employees will be available by telephone and email. TEWLG employees will be working remotely, but you can still call our regular office number and dial the extension of the employee you wish to reach. If you do not choose an extension, you will have the option to leave a voicemail message. Our paralegal, Kristal, will send any messages you leave to the desired attorney or assistant who will return your call within 24 hours.
3. No change. - We will continue to schedule consultations for all new matters and clients. However, for the next two weeks, all consultations will be over the phone.
4. No change. - If you would like to retain services for a new matter, we will send an engagement agreement to you via Docusign so that you can sign from the convenience of your phone or computer.
5. Appointments for execution of estate planning documents may be limited. If at any time we do not deem meeting to execute documents to be safe for our team or our clients, we will postpone the execution to a later date.
6. We will not be providing notary services until after April 30th. If you need a notary during this time, we ask that you contact a third party notary. However, if you have an urgent need for a notary, please call our office. We will be able to make exceptions in emergency situations.
7. Cook County cases scheduled through April 17th will be postponed. If you have a hearing scheduled between now and May 17th, it will be rescheduled for a new date. You do not need to attend court if your hearing was scheduled during that time period. Our office will inform you of the new date once obtained. All civil matters not deemed an emergency by party agreement are postponed to a future date. We will continue to inform you as soon as we have updated information for you. For the latest courthouse updates, please click here: http://www.cookcountycourt.org/home/informationregardingcoronavirus.aspx
8. Will, Lake, Kendall, and DuPage County Courthouses are delaying non-emergency matters through April 17th. Some family law matters may be heard telephonically or by video conference. We will notify you upon notice of changes to your case. All cases can still be filed. For more information, we have attached the following links to courthouse websites:
- Will County: https://www.circuitclerkofwillcounty.com/Portals/0/Covid%20AO%2020-08.pdf
- Lake County: http://19thcircuitcourt.state.il.us/DocumentCenter/View/2723/UPDATED--COVID-19-EMERGENCY-MEASURES-03172020
- Kendall County: https://www.co.kendall.il.us/home/showdocument?id=8695 and https://www.co.kendall.il.us/home/showdocument?id=8628
- Kane County: http://www.cic.co.kane.il.us/Documents/Press%20Release/Scaled%20Back%20Operations%20-%20COVID-19%20.pdf and http://www.cic.co.kane.il.us/General%20Orders%20PDFs/General_Orders_2020/20-07.pdf
- DuPage County: https://www.dupageco.org/Courts/Docs/62587/ and https://www.dupageco.org/Courts/Docs/62598/
9. No change. - We are still working on your case. We will keep in contact with you as needed; we are still communicating with opposing counsel, and we will continue to draft documents and send them to you for review via mail or email as needed.
10. No change. - We will continue to have real estate closings at this time. We will update you if this changes in the next few weeks.
As a reminder, interest rates are at an all-time low. Keep this in mind if you are considering purchasing property. We also ask you to think about your own preparedness for the unexpected. Now may be a good time to consider implementing an estate plan if you haven’t already.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office. Remember, be cautious, but don't act out of fear. Stay safe, everyone!