Update III – COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response from Deliscar Professional Corporation

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

Deliscar Professional Corporation remains 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.

If you need any kind of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me in confidence. My firm has many connections, and can refer you to a number of fellow professionals, programs and organizations.

We have been operating remotely since March 17, 2020 and will continue to do so until further notice. Please note the following:

  1. Family Litigation and Civil Litigation Matters

 

As of today, both the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice continue to suspend regular operations by adjourning all current matters until further notice, respectively, and will only be hearing urgent matters that fall within specific narrow categories, as well as some routine matters that also fall within very narrow parameters.

Please see the following links for more details:

Superior Court of Justice: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/consolidated-notice/

Ontario Court of Justice: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/covid-19/

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 court documents requiring original signatures will be signed using virtual witnessing.

 

  1. Mail 

Both of our office buildings in Brampton and Guelph remain locked, and reception services are no longer being offered. If you have any documents that need to be delivered in hard copy format, please mail them to the Brampton office. Please note that Canada Post is no longer guaranteeing delivery standards, and we suggest that all documents be sent by courier if you must use mail. E-mail and fax are always welcome. Any mail that will be sent to you will be sent by courier as well.

 

  1. Wills & Powers of Attorney

 

On April 22, 2020, the Ministry of the Attorney-General made an additional unprecedented order allowing for the virtual witnessing of wills and powers of attorney in counterpart using videoconferencing, please see:  https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200129?search=emergency%2Bmanagement

We have been in touch with those who still need to execute their Wills & Powers of Attorney. If you have already executed your documents prior to or after the closure of the offices, rest assured that they are valid. We are experiencing significant delays in sending and receiving couriers, and are exploring alternate ways to deliver packages to clients.

 

  1. Notarizations

 

We provide our notarial services through Downtown Notary, which is offering virtual commissioning 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 further notice.

 

  1. 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.

  1. Going Forward

 

We continue to offer all services on a virtual basis, primarily by e-mail and phone. For further information regarding federal and provincial relief programs, handwashing techniques and physical distancing, as well as other important health information, please consult the Government of Canada and Government of Ontario’s dedicated COVID-19 (coronavirus) websites at:

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

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

We appreciate your patience in this unprecedented and challenging situation.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Deliscar

 

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