March 25, 2020
Dear Clients and Friends,
With the shelter-in-place emergency order from the City of Rome and Floyd County now in place, we want to update you on Brinson Askew Berry’s operations and response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Our office at 615 West 1st Street in Rome is now closed to the public and we ask for no visitors or unscheduled appointments at this time. Presently, our staff and attorneys are working remotely away from the office, but we will meet privately with clients on a select basis if required.
Promoting the health and safety of our colleagues, clients, and the broader community—while continuing to provide the highest quality service—is our top priority.
For those clients with appointments, real estate closings, will signings, or other transactions, please reach out to your BAB attorney by email, if he or she has not already contacted you, for a status report. We plan to move forward with those closings or meetings that are essential, and we are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and other medical authorities.
We have robust online working capabilities, so the ability of our attorneys and staff to respond to your legal and business needs will continue uninterrupted and unimpeded. Email will be the best way to reach our attorneys and staff, and you can connect with us through our firm website at Brinson-Askew.com.
Also, for those of you involved in litigation, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued an Order over the weekend declaring a state of judicial emergency, which will remain in place through April 13. Non-essential hearings and scheduled depositions have been postponed, though it remains unclear when depositions, mediations, and other litigation gatherings will recommence. Please reach out to your BAB attorney with any questions or concerns as to how the Supreme Court’s order impacts your case.
For those in federal court, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District has limited hearings and appearances. And, as of yesterday, the federal courthouse here in Rome was temporarily closed until further notice as a precaution. Again, please reach out to your BAB attorney if you have questions, thoughts, or concerns as to how COVID-19 is impacting your case.
We will continue to closely monitor this fluid situation, and we are prepared to react as quickly as necessary to protect our friends and clients.
Be safe. Wash your hands. And care for one another. Together, we will all get through this difficult time.
Your friends at Brinson Askew Berry