COVID-19 Resources for Lawyers

USDC Updated Administrative Order Re: COVID

http://www.ndd.uscourts.gov/announce/6-10_COVID-19_Order.pdf

East Central Judicial District Standard Operating Procedures During COVID-19

Please see the attached documents below for Standard Operating Procedures and Standing Order for hearings in the East Central Judicial District.

ECJD Court Proceedings
Standing Order for REM Proceedings
Consent to Hearing by Reliable Electronic Means
Notice of Hearing (Civil)
Facemask Policy
Request for Continuance

Face Masks Required in All Federal Court Common Areas

http://www.ndd.uscourts.gov/announce/Press_release_5-27-20.pdf

SCJD Orders

March 19, 2020

April 3, 2020

April 13, 2020

May 4, 2020

May 26, 2020

July 7, 2020

Reopening Your Practice - Recommendations from the Indiana State Bar Association

Please see the attached.

Supreme Court Amends Emergency Order on Evictions

https://www.ndcourts.gov/news/north-dakota/north-dakota-supreme-court/general-news/supreme-court-amends-emergency-order-on-evictions

COVID-19 Recovery/Transition Plan

Presiding Judge Romanick has issued the attached memo outlining a plan for scheduling in the SCJD after limited access restrictions may be eased. This plan is subject to change.

Bar Exam Application

https://www.ndcourts.gov/supreme-court/committees/board-of-law-examiners/bar-exam-application

North Dakota Supreme Court Emergency Orders in Response to COVID-19  

https://www.ndcourts.gov/news/north-dakota/north-dakota-supreme-court/notices

Advance Health Care Directives

4/6/2020

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Situation

As we get closer to our expected surge of patients with COVID-19, our hospitals are diligently working to receive/complete and store Advance Healthcare Directives for their patients.

B

Background

Should a person be diagnosed with COVID-19 or any other health issues, it would be tragic if they had an Advance Healthcare Directive on file with their attorney but not with their healthcare provider.  If the Advance Healthcare Directive is not on file, healthcare providers are required to provide all possible medical treatment and to speak with the patient’s next of kin – who may or may not be their chosen healthcare agent, and may not know what the patient/client would actually want or find acceptable.  If the healthcare team doesn’t know who to call or what the patient/client wants, it adds stress to the family and additional pressure for the healthcare team.

A

Assessment

Occasionally, hospital patients/your clients struggle with understanding why the hospital would need a copy of their “will.” 

 

We believe that a reminder coming from the patient’s/client’s attorney to provide copies of  their Advance Healthcare Directive to their healthcare team and/or offering to send it to the client’s designated healthcare provider, could dramatically increase the number of Advance Healthcare Directives on file for patients. This would decrease family anxiety and healthcare provider tension during a health crisis.

R

Request/Recommendation

Please remind your clients to:

  1. Review their Advance Healthcare Directive and make sure their directions are current. 
  2. Send a copy of their Advance Healthcare Directive to the medical records department of their healthcare provider of choice. 
  3. Discuss their wishes/directions with their family members to help ease emotional stress if/when any sudden event or illness occurs.

 

Thank you for your help in getting the word out on this crucial issue during these uncertain times.

 

Rev. Sara Schwarz, M.A.
Spiritual Care – Chaplain
Advance Care Planning Facilitator & Instructor
Bismarck Advance Care Planning Coordinator

Sanford Health
300 N. 7th Street
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 323-2942 office
Sara.Schwarz@SanfordHealth.org

Responses to SBAND Members from the Court

https://www.ndcourts.gov/message-from-the-chief-justice/responses-to-questions-from-sband-members

Second Reponses to SBAND Members from the Court

https://www.ndcourts.gov/message-from-the-chief-justice/updated-second-response-to-questions-from-sband-members

Disaster Resources from the American Bar Association

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_practice/resources/disasterresources/

Update from Casemaker

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the executive order by the Governor of Virginia, our customer support hours will be temporarily changing to better support staff working from home. Effective immediately, Casemaker Support will be open from 9am to 5pm EST Monday-Friday. We are available by phone (877.659.0801), email (support@casemakerlegal.com) and live chat during those hours. We thank you for understanding and hope you all are safe and well.

Child Support activities in response to COVID-19

  • Our program is fully functional right now, with more than 70% of staff working from home. Receipt and disbursement of payments has continued without interruption throughout this time.
  • We are working on a press release advising the public that we are open for business remotely and willing to work with obligors on suspending certain collection efforts if the obligor communicates with our program regarding loss of income related to COVID-19
  • We are exploring whether the upcoming stimulus payments are subject to offset like federal income tax refunds (we’re pretty sure the answer is yes), and if so, whether the state has a choice whether to offset the payments or let the money flow through to the obligor.
  • We do not currently plan to pursue downward modifications because of the temporary nature of the current situation, but are monitoring the availability of unemployment as a replacement for the lost income. We are attempting to establish orders as best we can, but service by certified mail or sheriff’s delivery have been interrupted in various areas.

Clio - How to Work From Home

https://www.clio.com/resources/lawyers-work-from-home/

Employee Rights

corona_employee_poster_3-26-.pdf

Resources and Information Provided by the National Association of Bar Executives

Tips from the South Carolina Bar

 


 

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