Law Firms and ABC Stores are “Essential”

When I read Wake County’s March 26 stay-at home order I had two questions:  Can I go to my office? And can I stop at the ABC store on the way home? The answers:  yes and yes.

According Wake County’s order, and under Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 121  dated May 27, businesses that provide legal services are “essential businesses.” This means that law firms may remain open, firm employees may come to work, and the public may visit. Wake County’s order specifically lists ABC stores as “Essential Governmental Functions.” Governor Cooper’s order mentions “liquor stores.”

Whiteman Law Firm remains open for business but has taken sensible steps to protect ourselves and the public. I am the only one who will be working at our offices. I am not scheduling any in-person meetings, but I have started using Zoom’s videoconferencing service where appropriate. U.S. mail, UPS and Fed Ex are still delivering. I am washing my hands about 20 times a day and practicing social distancing!

Legal work must continue. The covid-19 crisis has not extended court filing deadlines or statutes of limitations. I plan to continue to work a nearly normal schedule with no interruption in service to my clients. I look forward to continuing to serve the legal needs of North Carolinians during these trying times.

I wish the best to clients, friends, and the larger community as we work through the present health crisis. Stay safe and healthy.

Please contact me if I can be of assistance.

© 2020 Andrew Whiteman


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