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Working Remote Edition
By Joel B. Bernbaum, Esq.

I

am a sole practitioner and work in a
small office with two other lawyers who
are partners. We do not have any staff
and see clients infrequently. However,
we decided to begin to work remotely in
mid-March.

I am lucky to live 5 minutes from my office in Bala Cynwyd,
which allows me to retrieve file and papers if needed. I have
received emails and calls to talk about remote practicing; and
with the Court implementing new policies, I wanted to share my
thoughts. I welcome questions or comments. Direct them to my
email: joel@bernbaumfamilylaw.com. Thanks!
1. Inventory all your devices, screens, cables, chargers, supplies,
outlets, Wi-Fi, internet access. Whatever you may need to use
for your tasks. Make sure they are working properly and up
to date, especially operating systems, apps, applications and
passwords. If not, update or upgrade via online retailers.
2. Review all the Emergency Orders, policies and
correspondence from the Supreme Court, the Governor,
Montgomery County and especially the Montgomery County
Court, and any other jurisdictions that you frequent. Check
on a frequent basis. Changes are issued almost daily. Make
sure you are getting and reading your office and personal mail
including email. Respond timely as required.
3. Find a place in your location that is well lit, comfortable
and is not distracting (not in the kitchen, facing your TV or
any other temptation). Check your supplies, paper, envelopes,
stamps, ink for your printer and storage space for your files, if
needed.
4. Organize and plan ahead. More than a to-do list. Itemize a
routine that includes breaks, eating, reading and answering the
mail, etc. Remember to stick to it, this is your livelihood and
treat it that way.
5. GO OUTSIDE!!! A walk, a run, something to break up the
day and get some exercise. I usually go for a walk at lunchtime
for an hour and get a smoothie from Wawa. Pre-order and pay
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on their app, grab & go.
6. CONNECT - call clients, friends and family. Find out
how they are and if needed, how you can help. Use video apps
like Facetime, Zoom or Skype. Use well-known and proven
software. No time to experiment with the latest and the
greatest or the cheapest. Use something that works. I will put
my choices below.
7. With the implementation of new Court procedures, it is
important to check and verify what software the Judge or the
particular Court is using. Not every County, DRO or Judge
uses the same software and has the same procedures. The
primary application is Zoom in our locality. Microsoft Teams
is being used in Allegheny County and others. Go to Meeting
is being used by the Montgomery Bar Association. There is
WebEx (Cisco) and others. Again, download the application
and use it. Familiarize yourself with the features. Don't wait
until you are in the hearing or conference to find out what to
do or something goes wrong.
8. Finally, don't forget to take care of your families and pets,
and to check on your neighbors. Reach out and help others,
we are in this together!
Here is my list, I am not endorsing, just giving you a start. I
welcome comments from you. That is why there is chocolate and
vanilla. The main issue is finding something that works for you
and is compatible.
- Dropbox for storing, synching and accessing all of my files in
my office and remotely. Fast, safe and secure at fair price.
- Zoom for my video/virtual needs. Works across all platforms,
and is fast, easy to connect and has excellent advanced features.
Free for a ½ hour or get an unlimited monthly license for
about $15/month. Worth it.
- HP instant ink for my printing, Stamps.com for postage, Law
Pay for credit card payments, Cosmolex for billing and more,
Staples (who delivers) for supplies.
Be well and safe out there!


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