March 23, 2020
To all clients and friends of Strauss Troy:
We hope that you remain well during these challenging times. Like you, we at Strauss Troy have been busy preparing and planning for all aspects of this unprecedented event. We turned first to matters related to assuring the health and safety of people, not only the people at our firm, but with a special focus on first responders and those among us who are most at risk from COVID-19. With those processes in place, we then moved to spending our collective energy on how best to assist the people and businesses who are our friends, partners, and clients in the community.
Our firm and its two title agencies are open and actively working with our clients. To increase the likelihood that we are able to continue throughout this outbreak to offer full service to our clients, we have had as many of our attorneys and staff as possible working remotely using multiple tools of technology to keep us connected in real time to each other and to you. Both of our offices are staffed on a more limited basis and so, if you need assistance, you should directly reach out to the attorney or other professional at our firm who is your usual contact on your matter. If an in-person meeting is needed, for example to close a transaction, we will work with you to arrange the meeting in a manner that pays attention to everyone’s health needs. We remain ready and available to assist you with concerns regarding how COVID-19 is affecting you or your business and, as always, with all of the important legal matters in your life that are outside of this current outbreak.
As you probably know, the Ohio Department of Health issued a Stay at Home Order to be effective today, March 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Though there are numerous exceptions for individuals working in a wide array of Essential Businesses, the Order provides that individuals not working in those business should stay at home. The Order continues until April 6, unless it is modified. All Essential Business and Operations are encouraged to stay open. There are categories of businesses referred to as “Essential” in the Order, and we can help you analyze your options with that information and other guidance issued by the Federal Government. Legal Services and title services are an exception to the Order – and accordingly, we are open. A copy of the Order is linked for your reference.
Over the weekend, Kentucky Governor Beshear issued an Order regarding all in-person retail businesses that are “Non-Life Sustaining” to close effective tonight at 8 p.m. A copy of this Order is also linked. Various retailers are specifically ordered to close, though grocery stores, gas stations, liquor stores, banks, veterinary offices, pharmacies, drug stores, United Parcel Service (UPS) and others are excluded. Carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage sales may continue consistent with the prior Orders in place. The Order remains in effect until the State of Emergency is over.
Our attorneys and staff continue to work and we are fully operational. We are committed to continue to provide you excellent legal services and guidance through these times that are producing uncertainty in our society and businesses. Although the challenges we all face right now are not ones most of us are familiar with, we will most certainly meet them the same way we always solve problems, working as a team with you toward shared goals.
Please call, email, or text your attorney or the other professionals at Strauss Troy as needed for assistance.
Thank you and be well.
Marshall K. Dosker, President
Strauss Troy Co., LPA
Editor’s note: The March 25, 2020 Order from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear can be found here.