The vast majority of law firms in Illinois can breathe easy—in relative terms—as the governor’s stay-at-home order specifically designates “legal services” as an essential business that is “encouraged to remain open.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday ordered all nonessential business operating in Illinois to close, joining the ranks of states such as California, New York and Pennsylvania that have announced mandatory closures in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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