It probably comes as no surprise that COVID-19 has slowed or stopped many important activities in Texas and across the globe. The Texas courts are no exception. Courts have slowed across the state, and jury trials are on hold.
You should know, however, that stay home orders do not include many essential services. And “workers supporting the operations of the judicial system” are an essential service. Judges, clerks and court staff are all working–they’re just working in ways that help protect them and others from potential exposure to the coronavirus.
So, if you have an essential legal matter that needs to be taken care of, courts will be able to act–even in such uncertain times. You should not hesitate to contact an attorney for the help you need. This is especially true for matters like:
- Child protection
- CPS hearings, like removals, status reviews and permanency review hearings
- Domestic abuse/family violence, including temporary restraining orders (TROs)
- Child support bond releases
- Protection of someone you love when their health or safety is at risk
Video Conferences Through Zoom
Courts are adapting to what may be our “new normal” for some time. For example, many essential hearings are taking place as video conferences. Texas courts have access to new remote proceedings capability through Zoom, and the court system says that some proceedings can be conducted remotely through this technology.
If you’ve never done a Zoom conference before, you’ll likely become familiar soon. The number of Zoom users has increased significantly. If you do appear at a video conference, your lawyer will walk you through how it works to help ensure things go smoothly.
Estate Planning and COVID-19
It’s also a good time to talk with an attorney about your estate planning documents. Having an estate plan in place can give you peace of mind, even during uncertain times. Your lawyer can draft a will, power of attorney, health care directive and other important documents.
These documents will help make sure your wishes are followed in the event of serious illness. They can give your loved ones the tools necessary to manage your affairs and to make important decisions about your healthcare and finances.
Questions About Family Court? Contact an Attorney.
If you need legal help protecting your interests or the interests of a loved one during uncertain times, call the Arlington office of the Schneider Law Firm, P.C., at 817-799-7125 or send us a message. Our Texas divorce lawyers are here to support you and your family.