I write to you at this most unprecedented time, not only for our collective wellbeing, but specifically regarding the practice of family law. Our current situation is like nothing I have experienced in my 43 years practicing family law. Yet, even in these challenging times, my firm continues to work diligently to ensure the most pressing needs of our clients are being met.
I want you to know that we are fully operational and available to handle whatever legal services you may need. Over the last 60 days, we have totally revamped our technology and have implemented a plan to enable some of our staff to come into the office while maintaining social distancing guidelines. We have never stopped practicing law and ensuring your case is appropriately managed.
The Courts have also reshaped the way they do business. We have been able to successfully file pleadings electronically with the Courts, and Motion hearings and other appearances have been conducted through video conferencing services. While awkward initially, the process now runs well. Your matter can and will be heard – even emergent Orders to Show Cause can be dealt with expeditiously.
As we anticipate our return back to working together, we are making sure we are prepared. Our trusted cleaning staff is in every night and the building is cleaned and disinfected in accordance with best practices. We are anxiously preparing for the time when we can physically return to our offices, even if on a limited basis, to bring back the human touch to this practice, which I believe is most important.
The attorneys, staff, and I truly are concerned for the physical and financial well-being of our clients. We know the disruption of the last two months has created havoc in many of our clients’ lives already stressed by the process of divorce, custody disputes, and other family law issues. While we have taken all of the necessary steps to provide for the safety of our clients when the time comes to allow contact back in the office, we also have established policies for both current and prospective clients to allow flexibility in financial arrangements that fit each client’s needs. I have instructed our Firm Administrator to look at each matter uniquely – we will do our very best to help you protect your interests and accommodate your current financial reality. Please do not allow a bad situation to linger or put you or your family in harm’s way.
In the days leading up to Governor Murphy’s quarantine order, the firm had initiated a significant expansion – bringing back Ron Lieberman, Esq. – a certified Matrimonial Attorney by the NJ Supreme Court and fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Ryan Foran, Esq. also joined our firm. They join a solid team of well-experienced family law attorneys – Drew Molotsky and I are also certified Matrimonial Law Attorneys by the NJ Supreme Court. Partners Julie Burick, Kevin Falkenstein, and Tom Roberto are also well-respected and experienced members of the family law bar. Judge Testa (Ret), our associates Melissa Knoerzer and Kimberly Greenfield and Estates and Trusts Senior Attorney Jaime Golin Friedman are also dedicated members of the firm delivering exemplary service to our clients. We are a dynamic and well-rounded group of family law professionals.
The firm has never been in a stronger position to serve your needs. What the last 60 days has revealed is a firm that is agile, responsive, and dedicated to the practice of family law. I am very proud of the way my partners, attorneys, paralegals, and staff have stepped up and looked out for each of you.
Lastly, all of us at the firm send our heartfelt condolences to all those reading this letter that have lost a loved one to this awful virus.
Please stay well and know we are here if you need us.