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Jacob A. Epstein,left, and Roger Slade,right, of Haber Law. Jacob A. Epstein, left, and Roger Slade, right, of Haber Law.

The coronavirus pandemic has almost caused the Florida court system to completely shut down. Most of the buildings are closed for business, as they should be. Nonetheless, for those of us who regularly practice in the Florida courts, it is both somewhat unrealistic and unnecessary for absolutely everything to grind to a screeching halt for an unknown and likely substantial period of time. For much of the business world, and for many attorneys, working remotely has been a reality for the better part of the last decade. So, why is it that the Florida courts have been so slow to adapt? Does the legal community and the clients it serves have to remain paralyzed with trials stacking up and hearing calendars cancelled? The answer is no. Here are some suggestions of things we can do now to make this new reality work for our clients so that when the pandemic is over, which we all hope will be soon, we are not hopelessly behind.

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