COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response from Deliscar Professional Corporation

Posted on: March 17th, 2020 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

Deliscar Professional Corporation is committed to our clients’ health and safety in light of the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), while continuing to provide legal and language services to our clients.

In light of the steps taken by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Guelph and the City of Brampton, as well as the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, and the Ontario Court of Justice, the following changes to our operations are effective immediately until April 5, 2020:

1. Family Litigation and Civil Litigation Matters

As of today, March 17, 2020, both the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice have suspended regular operations by adjourning all current matters until further notice/for 8 to 12 weeks, respectively, and will only be hearing urgent matters that fall within specific narrow categories.

Clients with matters that are currently in litigation or have matters to be commenced in court will be receiving a separate, customized email setting out next steps by Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Please see the following links for more details:

Superior Court of Justice: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/covid-19-suspension-fam/

Ontario Court of Justice: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/general-public/covid-19-pandemic-planning-for-the-scheduling-of-matters-in-the-ontario-court-of-justice/

2. Wills & Powers of Attorney

Intake meetings for Wills & Powers of Attorney will now be conducted by phone or by Skype. Signing of documents will be scheduled for after April 5, 2020 as these documents require additional witnesses.

3. All Other Matters

Matters that are or were to be set for mediation or any other kind of out-of-court settlement will continue to be processed and sent for client review by email. Any documents requiring original signatures will be signed after April 5, 2020.

4. Notarizations

UPDATED MARCH 20, 2020  – Downtown Notary is offering virtual notarization during COVID-19. Please see
http://www.downtown-notary.ca/virtual-commissioning to book your
virtual commissioning appointment. Downtown Notary will not be taking in-person appointments until April 3, 2020.

Deliscar Professional Corporation provides all notarial services through Downtown Notary. Effective immediately until April 5, 2020, walk-in appointments will no longer be offered. Appointments must be booked online at www.downtown-notary.ca. In addition to the COVID-19 restrictions set at each office building, we ask that only those requiring services attend at the appointment.

4. Translations

It has been our ongoing policy to mail our notarized, certified Spanish and French translations to our clients, and this will continue to be the standard. It is unclear as to if and when our Brampton and/or Guelph offices may shut down on a partial or full basis. Restrictions are already in place at our Guelph office.

For further information regarding handwashing techniques and social distancing, as well as other important health information, please consult the Government of Ontario’s dedicated COVID-19 (coronavirus) webpage at:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are suffering from this illness, who have loved ones who are ill or who have succumbed to this illness, or who have had their employment or business negatively affected. We are also aware of  numerous people who have had to cancel long-planned travel for special events. We do encourage you to seek out any resources available through your municipality, county or region, as well as provincially. Ontario 211 – https://211ontario.ca/ – is an excellent resource.

I remain available primarily by email. Teleconferences will also be scheduled as necessary.

We will provide more updates once further information is provided by the appropriate agency. Please be patient as we deal with an unprecedented situation for all of us, which changes rapidly each day.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Deliscar

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Suzanne E. Deliscar, B.A., LL.B.
Lawyer-Linguist
Deliscar Professional Corporation
10 George Street North, Brampton, Ontario L6X 1R2
42 Carden Street, Guelph, Ontario  N1H 3A2
sdeliscar@suzannedeliscar.ca
Brampton: 905-452-0194
Guelph: 519-341-1233
www.suzannedeliscar.ca
fax: 1-866-559-1610

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