THE SLG ADVISOR
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Your Rights Can’t Wait
Embracing the Benefits of TeleLaw
At Spada Law Group, we have continued to work on our clients’ cases each and every day during the shutdown thanks to TeleLaw. We are proud of the fact that we’ve settled dozens of cases for clients during the last 60 days. We have also conducted new client intakes virtually, using the latest audio-visual technology in our offices. In our experience, clients love the convenience and safety of remaining at home yet still having a more formal face-to-face conversation with one of our lawyers. During the last 60 days, we have also met with new clients via Zoom, filed new lawsuits electronically on behalf of clients, taken depositions via Zoom, and even successfully mediated a very sizable case using this technology. Simply put, we have been keeping very busy ensuring that our clients’ cases continue to move forward toward a successful conclusion while also meeting with new clients and answering their questions. It is not just our firm embracing the benefits of TeleLaw. I suspect that TeleLaw will become the norm for nearly all areas of law for quite some time. The pandemic has hastened the trial court systems’ planning and implementation of new technology. To quote the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, “Even when this pandemic is behind us, we do not believe we will or should go back to doing things as we did in February ...” Such language indicates the times are changing for good. In a letter from the Supreme Judicial Court, we were informed that courthouses are expected to physically reopen sometime during the summer, but only in stages and only for certain matters that require in-person appearances. They
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, our biggest concern has been and will continue to be for the health and well-being of ourselves, our families, and everyone in our community. Until a vaccine is developed or adequate treatments are deemed effective, we all must remain committed to doing everything possible to endure what is undoubtedly the worst public health catastrophe of our lives. Social distancing will no doubt be a part of our lives for the foreseeable future, changing the way we interact with others and the world around us. The obvious casualties of these behavior modifications will be some of the most enjoyable aspects of our prior lives: concerts, bars, sporting events, and movie theaters. But one aspect of our American experience that may change forever is something we don’t hear much about — our justice system. In an attempt to avoid unnecessary interactions, many people may avoid traveling to a lawyer’s office to seek assistance with their injury claim. That would be an injustice. Fortunately, in today’s world of readily available virtual communication, embracing the practice of TeleLaw can prevent necessary social distancing from becoming an unnecessary barrier to our justice system. Unlike telemedicine, where some aspects of medicine require in-person contact, TeleLaw has no such limitations. Every aspect of handling a client’s injury case can (and has) been done virtually. Through this pandemic, TeleLaw has allowed people to continue forward with (and resolve) their accident cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefits of using virtual technology to resolve injury- related legal disputes far outweigh any argued disadvantages, in my opinion.
also made it clear that even as courthouses reopened, they will still need to conduct most court business virtually to reduce the number of people that come in and out of the courthouse each day. Our courthouses used to serve approximately 40,000 people per day. Those days are gone as far as I’m concerned. I believe our court system will soon be equipped to handle all of an injury claimants’ judicial needs virtually, by way of Zoom or telephonically. The other day, in a conversation with a District Court judge, I was informed that every courthouse in Massachusetts now has at least one license for Zoom and they are working on increasing that capability to accommodate more usage of the technology. During the shutdown, people who have been recently injured or have ongoing legal matters may have questions or may have assumed that work on their cases has stalled. While everyone was ordered to stay home, they rightfully may have wondered what was happening with their case or how they could protect their rights if they suffered an accident during the shutdown. I want people to know that your legal matters do not need to wait. In fact, they shouldn’t wait. Waiting to speak to your attorney or to move forward with your case could harm your legal rights. Although we may not be able to
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