Dear Valued Clients:
Attached are the new rules and proceedings for the Santa Clara Family Court in the wake of COVID-19.
Per Judge Pegg, it is opening on a staggered schedule, see below for more information.
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We participated in a video conference with the presiding judges of the Santa Clara County Superior Court.
Consistent with the guidelines provided by the County of Santa Clara’s “Shelter in Place” orders and the Governor’s executive order, the Court has suspended all non-essential functions until May 1, 2020.
Limited Family Law departments are open along with the self-help center. The limited matters currently being handled by the Court are as follows:
– All Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) hearings involving the safety of children (non-child safety DVRO’s are being continued);
– Custody and visitation issues involving the safety of a child or if a parent is being denied visitation (i.e. withholding one parent);
– Custody matters where a parent has tested positive for drug or alcohol violations;
– Emergency Screenings;
– Gun Violence Restraining Orders;
– Mediation of custody matters at Family Court Services (FCS) by phone only;
– Contempt of Court (OSC Re: Contempt) hearings are being reviewed on a case by case basis and will go forward if the underlying issue is deemed essential;
– Guardianships when the safety of a child is a concern.
Many of our clients are concerned about current child support orders during this crisis if one or both parents have lost their job or been layed off. The Court is aware of the issue and we can expect further guidance shortly.
Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri remains open to handle all of the essential matters outlined above as well as all other Family Law matters during this crisis. We are utilizing phone and video conferencing to meet our client’s needs in both Family Law and Estate Planning.
Stay safe and do not hesitate to call or reach out through our web site if we can be of any help.
Please call our office at 408-553-0801
We remain open without disruption via phone, video conference, and more. LPEP promises to remain committed to serving our clients during these uncertain times.
Dear Valued Clients:
The COVID-19 Pandemic has and will continue to change the way do business. We are mindful of concerns about the possibility of the virus spreading and each of us are doing our part to minimize that risk. At the same time, we are committed to providing necessary legal support to our clients in these challenging times.
As a business providing professional legal services, we will continue to remain open so as to ensure we are available to assist our clients in complying with legally mandated activities. We will be maintaining a scaled-down staff in the office and our lawyers will either be working remotely from home or coming into the office when necessary to assist in compliance with court orders. Unless other arrangements are made, we will utilize telephone or email for all communication.
With respect to litigation matters, as of the writing of this statement, the Courts are still open, albeit operating on a very restricted schedule. At this point, we are advised that almost all family law hearings, other than certain domestic violence matters, are being continued. We expect the Court may further modify its operations in light of the shelter in place orders. We will continue to keep you apprised of these developments. If you have existing court orders in place, at this time, they remain in full force and effect. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your case.
We recognize that we are lucky to have the opportunity to continue services to our clients given the challenges presented by this emergency.
Very truly yours,
Michael E. Lonich
At Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri, we are a true litigation firm with the resources and training to bring about positive results at trial when a settlement cannot be reached. We draw upon that experience when addressing client needs in family law, estate planning, trust, or probate matters.
We specialize in two complementary areas of law: family law and estate planning. Our attorneys have decades of experience helping individuals and families with complex family law and estate planning matters throughout Silicon Valley.
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