Travis Black May 2020

BLACK & D E PAOLI, PC THE LAW OFFICE OF Be Heard

MAY 2020

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STICKING TOGETHER THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

THE POWER OF RELYING ON FAMILY AND PARTNERSHIPS

One of the most terrifying things that can happen in this pandemic is one of your family members testing positive for the coronavirus. I felt that fear and hopelessness back in March when I got the call from my son, Kent. Both he and his wife had the virus. There was nothing I could do for them. Even if I could have flown to Denver, I wouldn’t have been able to see them or take care of them. I remember telling them that they needed to go to the hospital, but when Kent contacted their doctor, he was told that the hospital would just send them home. They were told to treat it like the flu and take a lot of electrolytes, which helped them a lot. When the virus actually hit them, though, they were both very, very sick. The fever really knocked them down — between 101–103 degrees F for a week and a half.

while it took them a while to get back to 100%, they’re doing much better. I am very thankful for that. The coronavirus has impacted our lives in a lot of ways these past few months, and we’ve all had to make some pretty significant changes, whether going through the same experience I did with my family or having to adapt to working from home, which is also something my team and I have done. I truly believe that my family, staff, partner, and paralegals have responded to this pandemic in the best possible way to keep things moving forward as smoothly as possible. Change is something we’ve all experienced in one way or another, even before this pandemic. About 15 years ago, I noticed that a few law practices were going paperless. We’d always worked off paper files, and some

would take, but once we did, it opened up so many possibilities.

When the coronavirus hit us, we were already able to work remotely. All we had to do was make sure everyone was set up with a home computer or laptop, and we even sent our IT guy to their houses so they could connect to our office database. Because we went paperless so many years ago, we’re still up and running, and it hasn’t slowed us down at all. Once we’ve made it to the other side of this pandemic, we’ll have to make even more changes, but they’ll all be for the better. As for me, I’m looking forward to traveling and spending time with my kids again. –Travis G. Black

“The coronavirus has impacted our lives in a lot of ways these past few months, and we’ve all had to make some pretty significant changes,”

Now, Kent is a pretty strong guy, but he told me there were a few times when he couldn’t even get out of bed. Despite how sick they were, they never reached a point when they were considered to be in critical condition. Their doctor told them that at the first sign of difficulty breathing, they had to immediately go to the hospital because that is when things get serious. Luckily, it never got that bad. Both their fevers broke, and

cases had stacks of thousands of papers 4 or 5 feet high. We’d have to break them up into different folders and files just to stay organized. When I saw all these firms going paperless, I thought that was a great idea and — to the dismay of some of my staff who liked working with paper — I announced that we were going to go paperless. It took us a couple years to get things really dialed in, which was a lot longer than we thought it

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