WE ARE OPEN, but distancing. We are encouraging everyone to use telephone and and video conferencing when possible.
Many courts are closed to visitors, but most family law matters can successfully move forward at this time with some creativity and flexibility.
What We’re Doing To Help…
- Video Conferencing. We are fully able to meet virtually. That means we can share documents, talk face-to-face, and get things done. Many people are telling us they like video meetings more because there’s no travel time! How to join a Video Conference with us.
- In-Person Meetings are still needed from time-to-time. We have our conference rooms set up distance from each other. We will wear a face mask and we ask that guests do the same for in person meetings.
- We requests that you don’t bring guests to in-person meetings unless necessary because distancing is much more difficult. We are happy to setup up a conference phone so guests can participate.
- Extended telephone hours. We are being extra flexible to accommodate your schedule. Let us know how we can help!
- Special Hourly Rate For Self-Represented Parties. We know the closing of courthouses and self-help resources makes it even more difficult to get help. Attorney Brandon Berry is offering a special rate of $100 per hour to provide legal advice to self represented parties during this crisis period.
- Added Legal Coaching Flexibility. Attorney Brandon Berry is making more time available for legal coaching to assist self represented parties. If you are self represented (pro se), you’ll probably see many of the phone and self-help centers are closed making getting help more challenging. We got your back!
- How To Contact Your Clerk Of Court. Many courthouses are closed to visitors and phone calls are limited. Each clerk of court has different policies.
- Document notarization and drop offs to the office are still available by appointment. We can even come out to your car to notarize! Be sure to bring your id! Keep in mind the mail is still being delivered so you can mail documents to us as well.
- Online Notarization is legal and available in Florida for any work that we do. You don’t even have to leave you house! Vendors do charge a fee for this. One provider is: NotaryCam
- We have removed decor, brochures, magazines, etc in our waiting room and conference rooms so they can be better cleaned.
- We offer single-use pens and wear face masks during any in-person meeting. Masks are required in Orange County where our office is located.
COVID-19 Family Law Resources
Here is a list of coronavirus resources for those with family law cases in central Florida:
- State Of Florida Orders And Resources
- Executive Order 20-139, Safe, Smart Step-By-Step plan (Phase 2).
- The Florida Bar – a large resource for statewide information.
- Florida Supreme Court Emergency Information
- Comprehensive COVID-19 Emergency Measures For The Florida State Courts AOSC20-23 (Amendment #6) as of 08/12/2020.
- Broad order that defines essential and critical court proceedings and postponement of nonessential proceedings (AOSC20-15) March 17th, 2020.
- COVID-19 Public Health And Safety Precautions In State Courts (AOSC20-32).
- Emergency Procedures for Administration of Oaths via Remote Communications (extended AOSC20-23)
- Suspension of notarization requirements for some Florida family law forms (AOSC20-17). Also see AOSC20-23 regarding this.
- Central Florida Family Law Courts links
- Ninth Judicial Circuit COVID-19 (Orange and Osceola County)
- Eighteenth Judicial Circuit COVID-19 updates (Seminole County)
- Fifth Judicial Circuit COVID-19 Admin Orders (Lake County).
- A-2020-21-B 2nd Amended Admin Order Regarding Emergency Temp Standing Order Regarding Parenting
- A-2020-12-F Amended Admin Order Regarding Court Operations
- Lake County courthouse COVID-19 Updates
- Florida E-Filing Portal. Self represented parties can file documents electronically to all courts.
General Coronavirus Information
- Florida Department of Health
- Coronavirus information from the United States CDC
- World Health Organization
Please be aware this is a brief summary, not a complete reference. We will update things periodically, but actions by the state, county, city and court systems are constantly changing.