Cohen & Winters COVID-19 response

The Cohen & Winters COVID-19 Response

March 16, 2020 1:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts
The COVID-19 virus is dramatically impacting every aspect of life, including our families, clients, and employees. Cohen & Winters is well-positioned to continue work remotely. As the health experts suggest, we are closing our physical office for the time being. This includes in-person meetings. We are staffing phones during regular hours. Our lawyers are available for telephone or video meeting with both current and potential clients.

Our attorneys and support staff will remain in regular communication with clients and other relevant parties. We will be able to continue providing all necessary legal services to the same standard you have come to know and expect.

Important Information About Court Hearings

In response to COVID-19, the New Hampshire and federal court systems have suspended most hearings until at least April 6th.  The courts are automatically postponing any “non-emergency” hearings. The clerk’s office will be sending new hearing notices later on. If you have a “non-emergency” hearing scheduled between now and April 6th you do not need to go.

We will review all upcoming hearings to determine which are continued. For those, we will temporarily move the them in our system calendar to April 4th as a placeholder. As the courts reschedule, we will update our system to reflect their new dates.

The courts will still hold “emergency” hearings. However, judges can decide whether to do these hearings by telephone or video.

For the types of cases we handle, there are several common types that may be considered emergency. One type for incarcerated defendants including bail hearings where a defendant may be detained. Another are stalking and restraining order hearings. A third is child-related emergency orders. This is NOT a complete list. The full state court notice is here and the federal notice is here.

We Continue to Support You Throughout the COVID-19 Crisis

If you have any doubts about whether you will need to appear for an upcoming hearing, or any other questions or concerns whatsoever, please call or email us. Our team is here to answer your questions and support your legal needs during this uncertain and unprecedented situation. We anticipate a higher call volume during this transition. Please leave a voicemail if you don’t get through and our staff will return your call promptly.

We are thinking of the health and safety of everyone in our orbit and beyond, including our valued clients. In dealing with COVID-19, please follow the recommendations of the health authorities. We want to all get through this as quickly and safely as possible.

Very Truly Yours,

 

The Entire Cohen & Winters Team

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This post was written by Andrew Winters

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