The Law Society recognizes that our members will be faced with challenges in assisting their clients during this time of social distancing and other measures to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Law Society understands that members may face challenges in meeting their obligations, particularly as they relate to matters that have historically been achieved through face-to-face contact.
In order to minimize direct contact, the Law Society recommends the following:
a. Consider whether matters need to be addressed on an urgent basis or can be delayed to a time of less heightened concern; and
b. Use technology, where possible.
Use technology, such as video conferencing to the extent possible and where appropriate. For example, consider whether it is necessary to meet with the client in person for client interviews, etc. It may be reasonable to limit direct contact with clients up to, and beyond, the point where documents must be executed.
To assist you in navigating a shift towards a remote practice, a video, which qualifies for 0.5 CPD Hour, is available online that helps illustrate some options for remote work. As well, the free webinar – Business Continuity for Law Offices In The Face of Coronavirus: Presented by Barron Henley (CPD 278), is available on demand, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for access!
For technological inquiries or assistance contact email@example.com.
When using video conferencing for the provision of legal advice or services, the following factors should be considered to help manage some of the risk:
In circumstances where in-person attendance is required, ensure that you satisfy yourself that you can maintain your own personal safety and the safety of others. Follow all public health practices, public health orders, and implement the Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection recommendations in the workplace to limit exposure to and the spread of the virus.
Execution of Documents (please review our Practice Directives):
Other options to consider: