By Stephen Behrends, Jul 1 2020 02:50AM
We're halfway through 2020 and it seems to me like it has been at least 10 years since January 1st.
At Behrends, Carusone & Covington, Attorneys at Law PC, I am so fortunate to have the support of my partners, Jud Carusone and Kim Covington. Our excellent, top notch paralegals and office manager have adjusted quickly and easily to our new routines while the practice of law has changed completely.
The office is closed to the public and we all work remotely from home a majority of the time. All appointments and Court Hearings are done on the phone. But the funny thing is that it actually seems to work better. It is easier for our clients if they don't have to fight the traffic to come downtown. Instead, they just get a call from me and we discuss their questions and options while they comfort and safe at home. Our "no show" rate for free initial bankruptcy consultations has gone from 25% to less than 2%.
And it is just easier for everyone to participate in the Court Hearings when they are done by conference calls. This means that more creditors can participate and get the answers they need when someone who owes them money files bankruptcy. And it certainly is easier for our clients because most of them don't even have to take the day off work.
So to all of my friends, family, clients and fellow professionals, I hope that you are able to stay healthy and safe. Please let me know how you are doing.