NOTICE CONCERNING COVID-19
The Bob Leonard Law Group, PLLC, Notice Concerning COVID-19.
We are open for business. With the exception of certain court hearings and group meetings, it is business as usual for the firm. Please know that we are taking every precaution to protect our clients, our prospective clients, and our employees.
Our physical office is temporarily closed until the threat of the virus has passed. However, as our clients and colleagues know, we have been fully operational for remote access by our clients, attorneys, and staff members for 10 years. We never imagined that we would face a situation of this magnitude, but we are very fortunate that we have been set up handle your case remotely for so long because we have developed a very effective system for the practice of law in a changing world. The only difference is that, for right now, your entire team is working from remote locations.
Phone Calls: We are still taking calls during normal business hours.
Secure Client Portal: We are still available through your client portal.
PROSPECTIVE CLIENT CONTACT:
If you are a prospective client, we can schedule a time for you to meet with an attorney via telephone.
You can call our regular office number at 817-336-8500 or you can reach out through our secure website https://www.bobleonard.com/contact/.
As of March 23, 2020, the Tarrant County family courts are not holding in-person hearings for non-essential proceedings. Other courts are scheduling all hearings except jury trials. Right now some courts are scheduling (and rescheduling) hearings for late April and into May and some won’t even start scheduling until April.
There are other options available depending on the type of case you have and the courts are working to develop solutions. We continue to explore all options and will keep you informed about alternatives that are available to you.
Emergency hearings are still held for essential functions, which may include: criminal magistration proceedings, CPS removal hearings, temporary restraining orders/temporary injunctions, juvenile detention hearings, and family violence protective orders.
Certain court deadlines will, of necessity, be extended due to very limited hearing availability and other things. Do not expect discovery deadlines and other things that can be handled during this time to be extended. Unless the Texas Supreme Court changes a deadline, or a local court does so, we have to assume that all deadlines remain in place.
CURRENT ORDERS CONCERNING CHILDREN (Child Custody, Child Support, Possession Schedules):
Changes in the school calendar do not change your current possession (custody) order. Assume that your possession times are as they would be if we did not have the current health situation in the country. If your area should go on some type of “shelter at home order,” it may be that exchanges would be limited. Please maintain a good calendar showing any missed possession time so that we can help you address the issue once the “shelter at home” is lifted.
Child support orders generally remain the same regardless of circumstances (unemployment, layoffs, etc.), but it is always possible there will be some provision made for the COVID-19 situation. For now, be sure to keep good records of anything from your employer if your job is suspended either due to the pandemic situation or related events. As a general rule, child support obligations remain until actually changed by a court.
CURRENT ORDERS AND TEMPORARY ORDERS:
Follow the instructions in your current order or temporary order if at all possible. If you have any question about an inability to fulfill any provision in your Order due to Corona Virus, then call our office and we will try to answer your question and we will advise you how to proceed.
Some mediators are continuing to schedule and complete mediations within the limits imposed by the county governments concerning current “social distancing” and health and safety guidelines. Your attorney can work with you to locate a mediator or to reschedule mediation for a later date if you prefer.
Documents are still filed through the electronic filing. This means that your pleadings will continue to be filed in the same manner as before the pandemic.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-1) HELPFUL LINKS:
Texas Health and Human Services: (what to do if you are sick, testing information, symptoms and prevention tips): https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
HOTLINE: Dial 2-11, Option 6, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 7 days a week
Texas Court Information (updates on Texas courts): Texas Judicial Branch Court Procedures Novel Corona virus – COVID -19
Texas Second Court of Appeals: https://www.txcourts.gov/2ndcoa/
Texas Governor (statewide orders and updates from Governor Abbott): https://gov.texas.gov/coronavirus
Fort Worth: http://fortworthtexas.gov/COVID-19/
Tarrant County All City Links: https://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/county/about-tarrant/incorporated-areas.html
Tarrant County Statistical and Health Information: https://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/public-health/disease-control—prevention/coronaviruas.html
Parker County All City Links: https://www.parkercountytx.com/218/Cities
Parker County: https://www.parkercountytx.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=416
Parker County Sign Up for Emergency Alerts: https://parkercounty.bbcportal.com/
Johnson County Office Closures Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19): http://jocotx.org/virus