Hogue Hill is taking the steps necessary to meet your needs during the COVID-19 Response.
With change occurring daily with new developments, we are responding daily to make what changes are necessary to meet your needs during the social distancing, isolation and quarantine required to respond to the pandemic. To protect our clients, vendors, attorneys and staff, we are working from home and minimizing direct person to person contacts. Subject to availability of supplies, we are taking appropriate actions to prevent contamination of our office or through our office. We recognize the best protection for our clients and vendors is to limit entry into our office. Your understanding of this will be appreciated. We must all work together to protect public health.
In our efforts to provide continuity of services, the greatest obstacle for us is receipt of telephone communications, and please use the e-mail links in the website to e-mail to request a call rather than phoning in. We have call forwarding on our incoming line, but not for the five other numbers to which that rolls over under normal operations, and we are not using voicemail because that presents risk a message believed to have been left may not be received. So, if you do not receive an answer when you phone, use the e-mail links on this website, as available using the link below “Contact Us.” We will have phone coverage but that may require patience and repeated attempts. We will ask that the initial messages left by phone be brief so that the message may be e-mailed promptly and the line freed up for the next caller, as the call forwarding will limit us to one call at a time on incoming calls. Individual staff and attorneys may, when working remotely, provide to you their personal cell phone numbers, but during this time e-mail is the best means of communication. We do offer secure encrypted e-mail.
While e-mailing does not establish a new attorney-client relationship, it does get response if it is received and is not spam. If no response is received by you, assume the message has been blocked and try alternate means. If e-mail fails, try fax. If fax fails, try phone. We know that e-mail often gets filtered or blocked. We will have someone checking for faxes daily for as long as it remains possible for us to enter the office without violation of governmental measures to protect public health.
Unless governmental orders limit our services, we will continue to close transactions and provide notary service in connection with those transactions, and to provide closing and recording services when all needed governmental services are operational and open to us, subject to the health and availability of our staff and attorneys. We will otherwise work remotely from our office to meet client needs, and at most times there will be no one at the office to receive unscheduled visits. Documents and deliveries can be received through our mail slot in the front door. Please make arrangements for delivery of items which will not fit through a conventional front door mail slot.
Notary Services through banks presently remain available but by appointment only. Adaptation to these circumstances will include treating even closings involving only local parties as “mail-away” transactions, with signature occurring outside our office, and clients coming to the office only to deliver the executed documents, and if notary services have been unavailable outside our office, to give acknowledgment and provide proof of identity with identification before the notary public, with minimized contact and observing, to the fullest extent practical, six foot distancing and minimal or no entry into our office. We do not have a drive-through window, but we do have a parking lot and staff on roller skates! Hogue Hill Sonic Drive In Legal Services has arrived.
OK, we are joking about the roller skates and we are not affiliated with Sonic, have no claim to rights in their trade name or copyrights, and that was an attempt at fair use humor. We need a little humor in these circumstances; we hope all will agree. The truth is our notary will walk to your car, parked in our parking lot, ask the questions necessary to acknowledge the documents, return to the office to check for initials and signatures in all needed places, notarize and return to your car to let you know that all is completed (subject to recording if applicable). We ask that this occur with the windows rolled up except as necessary to deliver documents and identification. If communication with windows up presents a challenge, then the cell phone can provide an alternative to open windows.
Should circumstances not allow sufficient time for delivery of documents to you as printed by us, electronic delivery to you for printing by you may be possible, depending on the nature of the documents, but if this is done, be mindful that documents must not be printed to both sides of the page, and that formatting of margins is intended to comply with recording standards, and should not be changed, and that wet blue ink signatures are required by most parties, so originals must generally be delivered to us rather than scans.
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