The world is trying to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in a variety of ways. Controlling the spread of the deadly virus is at the top of the list. Travel is being restricted, and some countries have even closed their borders. The United States has been slow to react, but recent events have accelerated action by the federal government, states and major corporations. Social distancing and maintaining clean hygiene practices are the normal mode of operation now. More and more businesses are asking their employees to stay at home where possible. Some are being commanded by civil authorities to have their employees work from home.
What does that mean for the practice of law? How will you meet with clients? Many firms have or will adopt a telework environment and allow their employees to work from home. Making the working remotely decision will have different consequences depending on your current capabilities and whether a plan is already in place. While we can’t cover all the possibilities and capabilities of every law firm, we’ll attempt to attack some of the common considerations.
Let’s start with a very basic item…the computer. Hopefully, everyone is already using a laptop as their main office machine. If not, expect some popular models of laptops to be in short supply. Worst case, you may have to find a Best Buy, Target, Walmart, etc. and see if you can purchase a consumer-grade machine. If you planned properly, laptop users are already configured for remote access. Perhaps now would be a good time to modify your infrastructure plans and budget for laptops and docking stations for those folks that need a mobility option.