COVID-19 Update: How We Are Serving and Protecting Our Clients
Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C. is closely tracking the rapidly evolving public health and community concerns related to the new coronavirus or COVID-19. Rest assured that we are taking all available steps to remain accessible to our clients as we continue to act in accordance with best practices during this difficult time.
Please see below for answers to some frequently asked questions, and feel free to reach out to us any time at (844)562-2667 for assistance with your legal matter.Is your office currently open during normal business hours?
In an effort to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to our clients, staff, and the general public, our office locations are temporarily closed to the public (except under certain circumstances based on a case-by-case basis). However, we will be available during normal business hours by phone or email.When and how can I contact you?
We are taking all available steps to remain reasonably accessible to our clients. Those that need to contact the office may do so during our normal business hours by phone or email.What video chat platforms do you offer for clients?
Currently, we may offer video conferencing through 8x8, Zoom, and Apple FaceTime.Are you accepting new clients?
Yes, we are currently accepting new clients. However, potential new clients are encouraged to contact the law office to schedule an appointment for a free consultation. In some circumstances, we may be able to evaluate a case over the phone or via teleconference/video conference.How can I get updates regarding the status of my case or legal matter?
We always provide our clients with reasonable case status updates. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the law office by phone or by email.Are courts of law still open in my area? Will my court date be rescheduled? What if I can't come to court because I'm sick or quarantined?
At this time, the courts are experiencing serious limitations due to COVID-19. In fact, many judges are working from home. Many courts are closed to the public, with some exceptions for certain types of cases. If you have any questions about your court date, please do not hesitate to contact the law office by phone or by email.Will scheduled depositions, mediation, arbitration, or settlement negotiations occur as planned?
We will advise our clients about the need to appear for a court date or for a deposition on a case-by-case basis. While many court-reporter services have implemented video-conferencing, this does not necessarily mean video-recorded. We will protect our clients' rights during this difficult time.
Again, please feel free to reach out to us with questions at any time, and see the following links below for CDC, state, and/or local updates regarding public health orders, court operations, and other information.
Orange County: https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/
Riverside County: https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus
California Courts: https://newsroom.courts.ca.gov/coronavirus-updates
Division of Workers' Compensation: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/