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COVID-19 and the New York Courts

New York Criminal Defense During COVID-19

During this health crisis, the New York Courts are remaining open for essential and emergency matters. This includes the Supreme Court (divorce actions), Family Court, and the Criminal Courts. The New York Court System is now operating on a virtual appearance system, no longer requiring in court personal appearances.

Our law firm is open for business and committed to helping people during this crisis. In these difficult times, we all have issues that must be resolved and some require immediate action in the New York Court System.

Emergency Relief Application in New York

In certain circumstances, you should absolutely make an emergency application to the court for relief. The most common emergency application is the making of an Order to Show Cause. Our law firm can prepare this legal document and other documents setting forth the help you need and the emergency nature of the application. In most cases, you do not want to delay.

Our team is here for you during this difficult time. Schedule a FREE case review today to discuss your legal options. We are here for you.

Legal Representation During a Pandemic

During this pandemic, it is important to stay safe and also protect yourself legally. As it is hard to tell when this pandemic will end the New York Court System is making efforts to serve the public in a safe manner. Our law firm is ready to protect you and provide you with legal advice during this difficult time.

Q. I am involved in a domestic violence situation should I wait or go to the Family Court now?

A. Immediately, file a Family Offense Petition requesting an Order of Protection. The New York Family Court considers this an essential matter.

Q. Should I file for a Modification of Child Support due to a COVID-19 Financial Hardship?

A. Yes, as any modification is based upon the date the child support modification petition is filed you must do so as soon as possible.

Q. Should I file for a Modification of Maintenance payments due to a COVID-19 Financial Hardship?

A. Yes, if you have financial hardship due to COVID-19 and can no longer pay maintenance you must file a modification petition as soon as possible.

Q. Can I file for Divorce during the COVID-19 shutdown?

A. Yes, in an emergency situation. The filing date of a divorce action is critical and protects certain assets and debts.

Q. Should I file an emergency application if a parent is denying any access to a child pursuant to a custody agreement?

A. It depends, at this point, it is unclear if a judge would consider a violation of a custody agreement an emergency application. It would depend on numerous factors but the Family Court and Supreme Court remain open to make a determination if a denial of access is an emergency.

If I want to hire a lawyer do I need to leave my home and meet with the lawyer?

A. No, at Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP, we are fully equipped to handle all your legal needs remotely, including signing and notarizing documents remotely as per the Governor’s recent executive order.

New York Criminal Defense Lawyer

Our law firm uses technology to assist you, including telephone conferences, Skype, Facetime or Zoom. In addition, pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 202.7 our attorneys are now permitted to remotely notarize documents. To offer you help, we are also prepared to offer a Free Initial Consultation and assist new clients with discounted legal fees.

Should you have any questions our attorneys offer a FREE Initial Consultation. Call or email to speak with a lawyer immediately.

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