May 4th, Responsible Re-Opening
Beginning May 4th, Isaac Wiles will begin to gradually and cautiously transition our employees to our physical office locations (downtown and Worthington) following the Stay Safe Ohio guidance outlined by Governor, Mike DeWine, and the Ohio Department of Health (4/30).
Our firm’s number one concern is the safety of our employees and our clients and we have taken measures to protect our personnel and visitors to our offices during the coming months. We acknowledge that there is a “new normal” of living and working amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and we are committed to complying with current CDC and state protocols for business operations as they are released.
As we have successfully sustained high levels of productivity and client service in a predominantly remote work environment during the last six weeks, we have confirmed what we’ve known all along. Our firm’s biggest asset is our People…their expertise, their commitment to excellence, and their ability to be innovative.
Regardless of our physical surroundings, we are here to serve our valued clients and provide solutions for their legal needs.
We have modeled our safety protocols around the Stay Safe Ohio guidance (see below), with one exception, we will REQUIRE (rather than recommend) face coverings or masks be worn in our offices. We also ask that all guests make an appointment to speak with an attorney as we will not be accepting walk-ins at this time.
Please call our offices with any questions or to make an in-person or virtual appointment.
Isaac Wiles Management Team
STAY SAFE OHIO ORDER https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/publicorders/Directors-Stay-Safe-Ohio-Order.pdf
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Isaac Wiles Safety Protocols for COVID-19
Employees and guests will practice social distancing of 6 ft. or more while in our offices.
Employees and guests will wear face coverings or masks while in our offices.
Employees and guests will sign-in and fill-out a questionnaire for potential COVID-19 symptoms at reception.
If any of these safety protocols cannot be met, then Isaac Wiles cannot provide services.
IW Response to Ohio Stay At Home Order
On March 22, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Amy Acton, MD, MPH, Director of the Ohio Department of Health issued a STAY AT HOME order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the State of Ohio (effective 3/23/20 at 11:59 pm).
This order states that all businesses and operations in the State, except those classified as essential businesses are required to cease all activities. According to section (i) of the recent STAY AT HOME order, legal services are classified as essential businesses.
Isaac Wiles is fully operational and will continue providing high-level legal services to all of our clients. We are successfully conducting business in a remote work environment and are able support the day-to-day functions involved in handling all legal matters and issues. We have implemented the tools and technology to stay connected to our valued clients and the court systems and are available to communicate by e-mail, teleconference, or video conference. Let us know what works best for you.
We also understand that you and/or your business have been greatly impacted by this unprecedented pandemic and the amount of information released daily is overwhelming. Take comfort knowing that our experienced team is committed to advising you about the latest regulatory and governmental guidance within every sector and practice area we serve. Please reach out to us with your questions and to explore what protections you may have under the law. www.isaacwiles.com
With the imminent spread of the coronavirus (COVIS-19) and its many implications, Isaac Wiles is responding with thoughtful measures to safeguard the health of our employees, business partners and clients while offering continued high-quality legal services.
Our management team is pro-actively implementing innovative work-flow modifications to comply with directives mandated by federal, state, and local government and health agencies and we will continue to monitor and respond to information as it occurs in the next several weeks.
Visitors to our office
Please contact us (614-221-2121) about alternative teleconference or video conference options in lieu of visiting our offices in person if:
Beginning March 16th, our offices will observe social distancing measures by limiting group meetings and avoiding close contact (within 6ft.) between individuals whenever possible. We are also technically prepared and trained to implement remote working environments and will move that direction if warranted.
Visit this page weekly for important updates to our status and efforts to ensure that your client experience is a positive one.
Isaac Wiles Management Team
Center for Disease Control
Ohio Department of Health
Ohio Department of Health Coronavirus Public Health Orders and Guidance
US Department of Labor
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
To obtain information about the operations of a specific court, please refer to the following web sites:
Common Pleas General Division http://www.fccourts.org
Common Pleas Domestic Relations/Juvenile Divisions https://drj.fccourts.org/
Common Pleas Probate Court https://probate.franklincountyohio.gov/
Franklin County Municipal Court http://www.fcmcclerk.com/
The Common Pleas and Municipal Clerk’s offices will remain open. For Common Pleas jurors, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, citizens summoned for Common Pleas jury duty should not report, as jury service is cancelled through April 10, 2020. For Municipal Court jurors, those summoned for March 16, 2020, are still required to report for jury duty. Municipal Court will provide further information regarding subsequent weeks. The Judges will re-evaluate on Monday, April 6, 2020, to determine whether the suspension will be extended beyond April 10, 2020. The Courts will continue to provide updates as necessary.
The Common Pleas and Municipal Clerk’s offices will remain open. For Common Pleas jurors, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, citizens summoned for Common Pleas jury duty should not report, as jury service is cancelled through April 10, 2020.
For Municipal Court jurors, those summoned for March 16, 2020, are still required to report for jury duty. Municipal Court will provide further information regarding subsequent weeks. The Judges will re-evaluate on Monday, April 6, 2020, to determine whether the suspension will be extended beyond April 10, 2020. The Courts will continue to provide updates as necessary.