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We’re Reemerging, Carefully

By Harry S. Margolis


With Governor Baker’s partial easing of the stay-at-home order, we are reopening our Wellesley office with a skeletal crew. Here’s how it will work:

  1. Limited Staffing. No more than a quarter of our staff will be in the office at the same time.
  2. Face masks. Whenever anyone is outside of their office or workstation, they will wear face masks.
  3. Social Distancing. No adjacent workstations will be occupied at the same time.
  4. Disinfecting. There will be a lot of sanitizing and hand washing going on.
  5. Options. Clients may meet with us in person or continue to meet virtually—totally their choice. We will continue to use Zoom, GotoMeeting and conference calls. Whether meetings with attorneys and document executions take place in-person or virtually will be entirely the client’s choice.
  6. Meetings. Meetings in our conference rooms will be limited to three people wearing face masks, with the conference room sanitized after each visit. We will provide disposable face masks. All visitors will be logged in as required under Gov. Baker’s reopening directive.
  7. Document Executions. Document executions may be in our conference rooms, “drive through,” or virtual. If in our conference rooms, witnesses will observe the signing from outside the conference room. You can read more about “drive through” document execution here and about virtual notarization and witnessing here.
  8. No Charge for Initial Consultations. We will continue to offer initial consultations for no charge through the pandemic.

We expect this partial reopening plan to continue for the summer through Labor Day. We’ll see where we are then in terms of whether this plan can be modified in the fall. Let us know if you have any comments, questions or suggestions.


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