As we carry on with the important responsibility of taking care of our client’s legal needs, we wanted to take a moment to let everyone know what we are doing to protect the safety and health of our clients, our staff, our vendors, and our friends.
We are open, but we have established remote work capabilities so that we can take care of your needs whether we are working at the office or from home.
Although we are open, we think it is best for our clients, our staff, and our families to avoid in-person meetings as much as possible. We have video conference capabilities available so that we can still talk “face to face.” And, of course, we are happy to communicate by phone or e-mail.
For those situations where documents need to be signed or where an in-person meeting is essential, we will make arrangements to do that. Be assured that we are carefully disinfecting our office surfaces before and after meetings. We have hand sanitizer in our lobby for your use. By minimizing all unnecessary visits to our office, we believe we are making it safer for those who must visit as well as for all of us at MSB.
If you are sick, if have been exposed to someone with the virus or if you have recently traveled, please do not visit our office for at least 14 days. Even if documents need to be signed, we can work with you to accomplish that without putting anyone’s health at risk. We have implemented rules for all of us at MSB too. We want you to know that we have implemented a policy that all lawyers and staff must stay away from the office for 14 days if they have been exposed to the virus, have symptoms, or have traveled recently. Be assured that we are taking all possible precautions to keep you safe if you must come to our office.
In these very unusual times, we want to offer a few non-legal and non-medical suggestions. Most of you know that we are a faith-based business. Our trust is in God in good times and in challenging times. The steps we are taking are based in faith, not in fear. Our focus is on loving our neighbors well. We hope you will join us in the following commitments:
- Be generous. When our neighbor is short on toilet paper or food, we need to share. While our government will certainly do what it can to help, each of us has the power to help meet the needs of those around us. Generosity is contagious. Pay it forward.
- Be kind. The person helping us at the grocery store, working at the pharmacy, or serving us food at the drive-through is dealing with anxious, stressed-out customers while meeting our needs. We need to be patient and share a kind word. Kindness is contagious and it doesn’t cost anything.
- Be careful and considerate. We may not have been exposed. We may not believe we are personally in danger from the virus. But, even if that is true, the young woman helping us at the grocery store may have a father with diabetes or COPD. Or that young person may suffer from asthma. We just don’t know. We all know someone who is at high risk if they contract the virus. We have the power to flatten the infection curve by being careful and considerate of the health of others by taking precautions in our daily lives.
- Take a deep breath and extend grace to others. We are all trying to navigate this situation together no matter what our background, creed, or political persuasion. We need to use our best, most careful judgment while having the humility to admit that mistakes will be made. We are all being asked to make sacrifices. We can pull together and grow stronger, or we can finger point and play the blame game.
- Get ready for the hard work of rebuilding everything back to normal after this health crisis is over. We will get through this. We want to look back on this situation knowing that we handled the crisis well. To paraphrase J.R.R. Tolkien, we don’t get to choose the times in which we live, but we can choose what to do with the time that is given to us.
Let us know how we can help.
Rick, Stan, Drew and the MSB Team