A Message to Our Clients and Friends regarding COVID-19:
Importantly, we are open for business and can communicate with you and share documents digitally. Keeping at the forefront the health, safety, and well-being of our clients, staff, and community, we implemented processes to allow ease of access to our legal team through the internet at no added cost to our business family and community.
While many are monitoring and reacting to the rapidly evolving reality surrounding this pandemic, Grable Grimshaw Mora PLLC has proactively taken steps to ensure continuity of business and operations to provide the high level of attention our clients have come to expect. We stand ready to diligently represent our clients in the face of these rapidly changing challenges, because we already anticipated it and planned accordingly.
We look forward to hearing from you to address any concerns that you may have.
The GGM Team
Department of Labor landing page concerning COVID-19 guidance: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic
JOHN HOPKINS COVID-19 MAP: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
State of Texas Updates:
Governor Abbott’s Executive Orders: https://lrl.texas.gov/legeLeaders/governors/displayDocs.cfm?govdoctypeID=5&governorID=45
Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner’s Declaration of a Public Health Disaster in the State of Texas (https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/DECLARATION_of_public_health_disaster_Dr_Hellerstedt_03-19-2020.pdf)
List of Essential Services: http://tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices/
Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals Emergency Orders:
Emergency Order 1 – Issued 3/13/2020
Permits all judges in the state at their discretion, and requires all judges “to avoid risk to court staff, parties, attorneys, jurors, and the public”, without a participant’s consent.
Emergency Order 2 – Issued 3/17/2020
Clarifies that child possession schedules establishing access to a child under a court-ordered possession schedule are not affected by the school’s closure that arises from an epidemic or pandemic and that the original published school schedule controls.
Emergency Order 3 – Issued 3/18/2020
Modifies Emergency Order 1, prohibits judges from conducting non-essential proceedings in person contrary to local, state, or national directives, whichever is most restrictive, regarding maximum group size.
Emergency Order 4 – Issued 3/18/2020
Prohibits a trial, hearing, or other proceeding in an eviction to recover possession of residential property under Chapter 24 of the Property Code and Rule 510 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure until after April 19, 2020.
Emergency Order 5 – Issued 3/20/2020
All deadlines, whether prescribed by statute, rule, or order, related to attorney professional disciplinary and disability proceedings are tolled.
Emergency Order 6 – Issued 3/24/2020
The 2020 elections for presidents-elect and directors of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Young Lawyers Association must be conducted online only, by electronic vote, and not by paper ballot. The voting period is extended to May 29, 2020, at 5:00pm.
Emergency Order 7 – Issued 3/24/2020
Clarifies possession schedules in Suits Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (SAPCR). For purposes of determining a person’s right to possession of and access to a child under a court-ordered possession schedule, the existing trial court order shall control in all instances. Possession of and access to a child shall not be affected by any shelter-in-place order or other order restricting movement issued by a governmental entity.
List of Stay Home and other similar orders: https://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=articles&ContentID=49371&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm