New York Covid-19 Rules Summary

New York Covid-19 Rules Summary

New York Covid-19 Rules By Belinda Paredes, Esq. February 15, 2022 Beginning in March of 2020, the Chief Judge of the state of New York implemented a number of rules regarding functioning of the courts during the Covid-19 crisis. The initial orders of March 17, 2020 covered limiting court business to essential matters only and allowing some trials to proceed, if already underway, but suspending new trials. Some urgent family matters were also available for hearing at the discretion of the court. These initial orders also suspended residential evictions and foreclosures in New York City. See https://nycourts.gov/latest-AO.shtml, AO/3/20, AO/68/20).As the pandemic waxed and waned throughout 2020 and 2021, the court adjusted established orders and instituted new orders as required to meet the circumstances. The main functions affected by the court Administrative Orders were in the areas of e-filing and remote hearings, to minimize spread of Covid-19 through the court system, and eviction and foreclosure stays and relief, both residential and commercial, due to the economic upheaval during the crisis.As of January 16, 2022, most hearings and court functions have been restored to their normal course of function, except as disruptions are caused by cases of Covid that crop up or as superseded in the future by federal or state requirements (See AO/34/22, AO/35/22.) Court filings have resumed under the normal course of rules, although e-filing and remote conferencing are encouraged where convenient. Evictions and foreclosures have resumed mostly under the usual rules, except where ERAP (Eviction Relief Assistance Program) reporting requirements for Hardship Declarations are involved. https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/s2742/amendment/chttps://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/s50001 https://otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/  Facebook-f Twitter...
New Remote Proceeding Rules in California

New Remote Proceeding Rules in California

New Remote Proceeding Rules in California By Sherry Metzger, Esq. February 8, 2022 In response to increasing court limitations due to COVID-19, the Judicial Council of California approved new rules of procedure for remote proceedings in all California civil courts. Beginning January 1, 2022, and in compliance with California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §367.75, courts implemented new procedures provided in California Rule of Court (CRC) 3.672, and temporarily suspended CRC 3.670(c)-(i) from January 1, 2022 to July 1, 2023.The new rules give local courts discretion to require an in-person appearance, provide procedures and forms for remote appearances, and provide deadlines for providing notice for non-evidentiary and evidentiary hearings (See, CRC 3.672). Also, the rules provide deadlines and forms for filing oppositions to remote appearances. (See, CRC 3.672(h)(3)(A)(i)). Parties may oppose remote proceedings using form RA-015 Opposition to Remote Proceedings at Evidentiary Hearing or Trial. Parties may provide notice of intent to appear remotely by using form RA-010 Notice of Remote Appearance. The chart below summarizes the new rules, suspended rules, and the new deadlines provided in CRC 3.672. Summary of CRC 3.670 and CRC 3.672 Changes Effective January 1, 2022CRC 3.670(h)(1)(A-B)SUSPENDED – Deadline to give notice of intent to appear by telephone (2 court days before Case Management Conference). Amendment effective 1/1/2022: Rule 3.670. Telephone appearance. Subdivisions (c) through (i) of this rule are suspended from January 1, 2022, to July 1, 2023, during which time provisions in rule 3.672 apply in their place.CRC 3.670(h)(2), (k)(2)(D)SUSPENDED – Deadline for party who received notice of intent to appear by telephone from another party, and who has not given such notice, to notify court, vendor and all other parties of intent...
Make Money Selling, Configuring, and Maintaining LawToolBox

Make Money Selling, Configuring, and Maintaining LawToolBox

Make Money Selling, Deploying, Configuring, and Maintaining LawToolBox Generate new revenue streams with the #1 legal add-in for Microsoft 365 There are numerous opportunities for external admins and IT consultants to build a revenue stream selling, configuring and maintaining LawToolBox, and thereby ensuring that their firms are maximizing their use of Microsoft 365 as amplified by LawToolBox. 1.     Sell Microsoft 365 (commission)For MSPs, there is a lot of value in selling Microsoft 365 (formerly called Office 365) as a managed service. It can be a way to get your foot in the door in order to offer managed cloud services, leading customers to consume other solutions from you, such as VoIP, cloud backup, and cloud CRM. And even if they don’t, Microsoft 365 can be a very profitable managed service on its own.2.     Buy LawToolBox through Microsoft Commercial Marketplace (evergreen Commission dependent on terms with end-user)While special deals can be worked out with large distributors who have access to thousands of law firms, any MSP/reseller can buy LawToolBox through the Microsoft Commercial Marketplace and then mark up the price for the end-user as they see fit.3.   Deploy LawToolBox to Outlook and Teams (billable)3.1.  Enable the LawToolBox app (billable)3.1.1.      In App Source Outlook3.1.2.      Or get add-ins in your inbox3.2.  Create a LawToolBox account (billable) 3.2.1.      click here3.3.  Help users sign into LawToolBox with SSO using their O365 credentials (billable)3.4.  Grant Admin consent/app permissions (billable) 3.4.1.     Global admin consent the application permissions3.4.2.     A user without O365 admin rights will be asked to request permission from an O365 admin (they can forward this link to IT person)3.4.3.     Organizations that use security groups in their Microsoft tenant may have to align these permissions with the end-users who will be using LawToolBox.4.   Configure Firm (billable)4.1.  Firm > Profile:...
Do you have a “SECURE” way for clients, parties, witnesses and attorneys to share files with you?

Do you have a “SECURE” way for clients, parties, witnesses and attorneys to share files with you?

As the practice of law and court hearings has adapted to working remotely in our new reality, the ability to share files securely is critical. If your organization already owns or is migrating to Office 365, LawToolBox has developed a seamless one-click file-sharing mechanism built on top of Microsoft’s security-hardened SharePoint and Teams platform. This simple and easy-to-use file share is part of the LawToolBox virtual meeting module, and enables the secure sharing of a large number of files, as well as large files (including videos): (1) create an office 365 matter using LawToolBox (2) use LawToolBox to create a virtual meeting (3) add the person as an attendee to the meeting (4) click “File Share” next to attendees name The person outside your organization who wants to share files with you will receive an email that will walk them through a process of securely uploading files to a protected folder for that matter in your Microsoft Teams. Once the person sharing files has navigated through the multi-factor authentication, they can upload files to a segregated folder LawToolBox has created just for them: The uses for this tool include: meeting new clients who needs to share confidential documents, Rule 26(f) meetings with opposing counsel, conferring prior to filing a motion, settlement conferences, depositions, and even court hearings. The LawToolBox rules-based deadline system will generate deadlines for these events, then use our virtual meeting module to manage the meeting and file-sharing...
Document Management

Document Management

LawToolBox document management for Outlook and/or Teams is seamlessly integrated with our rules-based deadline solution, and leverages the secure Microsoft 365 and SharePoint platform to deliver an easy-to-use DMS system. Features include: (1) configuring your LawToolBox to automatically create channels when you use LawToolBox to provision a Team for your matter (2) using templates to provision practice specific folders and files for new matters (3) saving emails and documents to Teams and SharePoint (4) accessing matter folders and files from Outlook, Teams, any browser or your phone (5) leveraging SharePoint file version control or checking files in or out (6) using the LawToolBox Virtual Meeting Module to enable clients or witnesses to securely share confidential exhibits and information (7) using robust search features to look across your entire Office 365 tenant for key documents you have been given access to If you want to use a powerful platform like NetDocs to manage documents instead, your LawToolBox firm admin can configure your firm to hide the LawToolBox enabled SharePoint DMS and instead point to the third-party solution.  It’s powerful, robust, easy-to-use, and just plain cool...
LawToolBox Adds “Easy Button” for Custom Breakout Rooms and File Sharing in Microsoft Teams for Virtual Court and Depositions

LawToolBox Adds “Easy Button” for Custom Breakout Rooms and File Sharing in Microsoft Teams for Virtual Court and Depositions

Courts, legal departments and law firms can create roles-based templates for court hearings, arbitrations, depositions, Rule 26(f) meetings, client Intake, and more When the Coronavirus hit, we shifted resources to deliver state-of-the-art solutions to help attorneys, legal aid, court reporters and courts get back to work” – LawToolBox DENVER (PRWEB) AUGUST 03, 2020 LawToolBox announces an “easy button” in Outlook and Microsoft Teams enabling LawToolBox users to create their own custom templates to quickly construct virtual meetings for any business activity they routinely perform. For example, with a few clicks legal professionals can send out customized meeting invites for client intake, working sessions with clients and witnesses, Rule 26(f) meetings to confer with opposing counsel, depositions, arbitrations, ADR or settlement conferences, court hearings, and even trials. Configure Meeting Templates Courts, court reporters, mediators, agencies and law firms are not just looking for a short-term patch for video meetings, but they are looking for a way to leverage Microsoft Teams because many of them already own it, and they trust the hardened Microsoft security platform to protect their data. The “virtual meeting module” that LawToolBox has added to its suite of products transforms Teams into a customized solution for legal by empowering users to create meeting templates, to assign roles to attendees so that the attendee list for breakout rooms can be automatically constructed, and to automate the creation of a Teams channel to save and organize meeting transcripts, videos, communications, and files. LawToolBox users assign “roles” to meeting attendees in the case or matter (such as attorney, witness, party, or judge) and LawToolBox uses these roles to automatically build attendee lists with...

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