Dolgetta Law, PLLC


COVID-19 Update

 

To Our Clients, Friends and Colleagues:

As COVID-19 developments continue to evolve on a daily, weekly and many times, on an hourly basis, we want to assure everyone that the firm's most pressing concern is the health and safety of the public, our clients, colleagues and all individuals currently engaged in transactions or communications with our office.

We want to be sure that everyone knows that Dolgetta Law is doing all that is necessary to ensure that we continue to service the needs of our clients in a safe, efficient and professional manner during this difficult time.

We are taking aggressive precautions to minimize risk while remaining fully operational. We have been able to transform the firm's electronic and phone capabilities to a fully remote setting. We will continue to monitor all updates provided by federal and local authorities.

Below are some of the measures we have implemented:

Status of Offices

As of March 22, 2020, at 8:00P.M. all of our offices will be closed in accordance with Governor Cuomo's mandates and Executive Orders. Below is Governor Cuomo's 10-Point Policy (see https://on.ny.gov/2J8imfq):

The 10-point "NYS on PAUSE" plan is as follows:

  1. Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;
  2. Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;
  3. Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;
  4. When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;
  5. Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
  6. Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
  7. Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;
  8. Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;
  9. Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and
  10. Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes

"Essential Services" and "Essential Businesses" are defined under Governor Cuomo's Executive Order 202.6 (see https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026). Law firms and legal services have been designated as "essential" but only to a very limited extent. It provides as follows: "Lawyers may continue to perform all work necessary for any service so long as it is performed remotely. Any in-person work presence shall be limited to work only in support of essential businesses or services; however, even work in support of an essential business or service should be conducted as remotely as possible." Therefore, law offices are still required to remain closed to furthest extent possible unless it is required to open to support another "essential" service or business, and then only to the limited extent necessary to provide such support services.

Empire State Development ("ESD") has also provided helpful FAQs to assist with the determination of what is considered an "essential" service or business (see https://esd.ny.gov/sites/default/files/ESD_EssentialEmployerFAQ_033120.pdf).

Client Contact and Staff Availability

We want to be certain that all clients, prospective clients and colleagues know that they can reach all of the attorneys and staff at Dolgetta Law by email and/or by phone during these times. All voicemail messages will be forwarded to the appropriate persons' email. All calls directed to a specific attorney or staff member's phone extension will be forwarded to that attorney's or staff member's cellular phone during regular business hours (8:30a.m. to 5:30p.m. Monday through Friday). For any voicemails received after the above business hours every effort will be made to return the call on the next business day.

We want to express to our Clients, that in the event there is an emergency, and an immediate need for Estate Planning in light of or arising from immediate and personal concerns relating to the COVID-19 virus, please do not hesitate to reach out to us immediately and we will discuss same with you.

Remote Access

Accordingly, we have implemented contingency plans that permit attorneys and other employees to work remotely and to answer incoming calls. Obviously, in light of the circumstances, we ask that clients understand that this time is difficult for all involved and that we will be as responsive as possible. All clients, prospective clients and colleagues with whom we work can expect continuity of services, operations and accessibility via phone and email. You will be able to reach our attorneys via their regular extension and phone number. Calls are being set up to ring directly in their remote location, or will be automatically forwarded to the location. We have conducted testing to ensure that all attorneys and paralegals have access to the firm's systems through remote access, that they are able to conduct client meetings through online services and/or conference call services, and that all other essential functions are able to operate, except to the extent limited by the closure of certain business and services.

Closings, Estate Planning and Client Meetings

If you are scheduled for a closing or other meeting of any kind, the staff at Dolgetta Law will contact you regarding the logistics and/or rescheduling of any such meeting or closing. As many of the federal and state restrictions have caused the closure of County Clerks' Offices, Courts, and other "non-essential" businesses, and have significantly limited the operation of even those businesses deemed to be "essential" business, many meetings and closings may need to be postponed.

In addition, since the health and safety of the public, including our clients, friends, family, staff, colleagues and others, is of the utmost importance, COVID-19 will certainly impact the progression and conclusion of many open matters. We will continue to keep our clients, who are being impacted by the events related to the COVID-19 pandemic apprised, of any new developments.

During these uncertain times we want to, first and foremost, wish everyone good health. This event is unprecedented, however, we are confident that together we will get through this. We will continue to service our clients' needs.

Should you have questions, kindly contact the attorney or staff member handling your matter, or please feel free to reach out to me directly at jdolgetta@dolgettalaw.com or at (914) 428-6566 ext. 407.

Thank you very much and we truly appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time.

In the meantime, STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY!

Very truly yours,
John Dolgetta, Esq.