COVID-19 UPDATE from Bellas & Wachowski
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COVID-19 UPDATE From Bellas & Wachowski

Updated April 15, 2020

At Bellas & Wachowski we are closely tracking the rapidly evolving public health and community concerns related to the new coronavirus or COVID-19.

Illinois has extended the “Stay at Home Order” until April 30. Law firms are deemed to be essential businesses under the Governor Pritzker’s “Stay at Home Order.” Rest assured that we are taking all available steps to remain accessible to our clients as we continue to act in accordance with their best interests during this difficult time.

Please visit George’s Business Blog for a number of FAQs for business owners about the pandemic and the various programs available to business owners. We encourage all of our business clients to apply for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program now!

Please see below for answers to some frequently asked questions we are receiving from our clients. Please feel free to reach out to us any time at 847.823.9030 for assistance with your legal matter.

Is Your Office Currently Open During Normal Business Hours?

Most of our attorneys and staff are working remotely. We have someone in the office during regular business hours to answer phones, mail and deliveries. However, we would prefer that you honor Governor Pritzker’s “Stay at Home Order” and not come to the office.

When and how can I Contact you?

Please feel free to call us at any time at 847.823.9030 which is answered from 7 am to 11 pm.

What Video Chat Platforms do you Offer for Clients?

We are set up to confer using Zoom or FaceTime video conferencing.

Are you Accepting new Clients?

We are fully engaged and are accepting new clients.

How can I get Updates Regarding the Status of my Case or Legal Matter?

As we determine the dates for the cases that are continued, we will advise you of the new dates. We are working remotely on your matters.

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?

Except for emergency matters, the Courts are closed thru the middle of April but we anticipate that will be extended to the end of May. Cases are being continued automatically into June as they come on the court docket. We will advise our clients of the new dates as they are set.

Will Scheduled Depositions, Mediation, Arbitration, or Settlement Negotiations Occur as Planned?

We have been scheduling and taking depositions remotely. Settlement mediations are proceeding remotely provided all parties agree to the structure.

Divorce during the Pandemic?

See our Divorce practice area for information about filing for divorce during the Pandemic.

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.

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

Illinois Stay at Home
Order: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/FAQ/Pages/Stay-At-Home-FAQS.aspx

Polish version of the Illinois Stay at Home
Order: https://illinoisgov.my.salesforce.com/sfc/p/#t0000000TZk9/a/t0000000owIv/qEJHtAk7gENXU8I1y0.d1cfwlein5_yQpv0rBTYsXNc
Court: http://www.cookcountycourt.org/HOME/INFORMATIONREGARDINGCORONAVIRUS.aspx

George Bellas
847.823.9032
george@bellas-wachowski.com

Peter Wachowski
847.823.9031
peter@bellas-wachowski.com