Monteforte Law - June 2020

Making the Most Out of the Pandemic www.MonteforteLaw.com (978) 653-4092 Practical wisdom, trusted advice.

June 2020

I never thought there would be a day when my kids would want to go to school, but in April, that very thing happened. Like many kids, Gabby and Mikey were sequestered in our home and schooling digitally while the country battled COVID-19. Both of my kids are good students, but this spring, I know they would have loved nothing more than to hang out with their friends, go to practice, and see someplace other than our home. I don’t think they were alone. This pandemic stretched all of our comfort zones as we quarantined ourselves in our homes to limit the spread of COVID-19. At Monteforte Law P.C., we took these orders very seriously. We serve a very susceptible population, and we wanted to do all we could to ensure that you and your families remained safe and healthy while receiving the services you needed from us. When Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued stay-at-home orders in March, our team quickly started working remotely. We have always used digital platforms to schedule meetings, file paperwork, and do a lot of our processes, but we had to change how we met with clients and worked together! (Working so close to one another in a small office setting means we usually communicate vocally instead of through chat messages or email!) So, we switched to phone and video meetings, and after a few bumps, we were running on a remote basis. It was a bit of a learning curve for everyone — especially for me as I had to figure out how the heck our office phones could work remotely — but I am so proud of the way our team came together. I had two goals with this transition. For starters, I wasn’t going to lay anyone off. At the end of the day, we still need our staff to survive, and I knew we had plenty of work

Meanwhile, Mikey missed out on his first season of high school baseball. As you may remember, Mikey is very dedicated to baseball. He began working out and preparing for this season back in October, and to have it cut short was so upsetting. Sadly, a tournament he was invited to play in Italy this August was also canceled. Our hearts were breaking for both our kids, and we were all bummed to miss another family trip to Italy. But instead of dwelling on what we were missing, we all agreed to focus on what we could do. Immediately after learning about Italy, we researched new trips and found a cruise that will be just as nice. We may always remember this spring and what it took from us, but we will also remember being together, supporting one another, and making the best out of everything.

in our pipeline to make each day valuable. Second, I didn’t want you, our client, to feel any decline in the quality of work you receive. Your experience matters, and ultimately, it’s your life we are impacting. We want to be as valuable to you as possible. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank you for all your patience as we switched over to a remote system. Your support was so helpful during this time, especially since, like you, we were also managing many family dilemmas or changes as the pandemic unfolded. This spring was slated to be a pretty big one for Gabby. She turned 16 in April and was going to be confirmed in our church. She was eagerly waiting to get her driver’s permit on her 16th birthday, and plans were in place for a combination Sweet 16 and confirmation party. Instead, we celebrated at home, trying to make the best of a sad situation. Additionally, many of her traveling dance competitions, including a local one that many family members may have attended, were also canceled.

I hope you and your family remain safe this summer!

–Mike Monteforte Jr.

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