Houston & Alexander, PLLC - April/May 2020



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I wasn’t sure what to put in this newsletter. Given what our country is going through with the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems wrong to not address what is happening. Despite the present situation, law firms are still trying to promote themselves through methods like goofy commercials or by letting everyone know that they are bravely “open” during this pandemic, enduring these dangerous times so you can still have the honor of hiring them for your car wreck. And yes, I am embarrassed by that, too. Our office is primarily working from home. But if you call in (and we encourage you to call if you need us), you would not know that. Wanda still answers the phone and can do pretty much everything from her home that she could do at the office. If you do need our help, whether for a criminal matter, car accident, or some other legal matter, simply call our office, and we will help you. We are a very “high-tech” firm and have been meeting some clients and prospective clients on Zoom and FaceTime. We are all still working on our cases and given that we have been keeping electronic files for years, we can still review DUI videos, handle our personal injury cases, prepare legal documents, send them to you for electronic signature, and pretty much operate “virtually.” However, we are not generally meeting in the office unless absolutely necessary. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is primarily spread through direct contact with infected people and indirect contact with surfaces or objects used or touched by the infected person. The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you suspect you may be infected, call your doctor immediately. They will direct you where you should go for testing. Do not delay in contacting your doctor. So what can we all do to be safe? Primarily social distancing . The experts seem to agree that we need to maintain a safe distance from others, at least 6 feet. You have to stay in your home as much as possible. If you do have to leave to get necessities, again, keep a safe distance from other people, be very careful about what you touch, and do not touch your

Firm mascot Dexter insists on sleeping at least 6 feet away while social distancing.

Firm mascot Rita watches ‘Rocky’ while sheltering-in-place.

face. Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently. I personally think you should wear gloves. Obviously, if you touch a contaminated surface and then touch your face, it doesn’t matter if you have gloves on or not. Through personal experience, though, I have found that I am much more conscious of touching my face if I am wearing gloves. After using the gloves, peel them off and wash or sanitize your hands. If we all follow the social distancing guidelines, as well as a bit of common sense, hopefully we can beat this thing down and return to some semblance of normal as soon as possible.

Please be safe.

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