As counties across the state begin to reopen, our practices and procedures will evolve to accommodate the various phases of reopening, while keeping our employee and client safety as a top priority. We appreciate your patience as we adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and welcome any questions you may have.
What Does Reopening Mean for Southwest Portland Law Group?
Our office is situated in Washington County, which is currently under Phase 1 of reopening. Under state guidance, Washington County would be eligible to apply for Phase 2 after 21 days of being in Phase 1 and maintaining specified public health metrics. However, as of June 11, 2020 the Governor put all applications for reopening on hold for at least 7 days due to a statewide surge of cases since counties began to reopen.
During both Phase 1 and 2, offices are encouraged to work remotely to the extent possible. Since mid-March we have been conducting all initial consultations via phone and video calls and will continue to do so. As we enter Phase 2, limited in-person consultations will be available, subject to the guidelines below. However, we will continue to encourage our clients to meet virtually to the extent possible.
When an In-Person Meeting is Required
Certain meetings, such as estate plan signings, require in-person notarization or witnesses. We will continue to hold these types of meetings for our clients with the following guidelines:
- All clients entering our office are required to wear a face covering. (Exceptions will be made to accommodate people with certain health conditions or children under 2. Please notify us in advance if you need an exception.)
- Appointments will be staggered to allow for cleaning of the conference room in between clients.
- Appointments will not exceed 1-hour and will require strict social distancing is maintained.
- Clients will not be permitted to bring additional family members with them to their appointment. (If an additional person is needed to assist you for mobility, translation, or other reason, please contact our office so that we can make an accommodation ahead of time.)