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The organizations listed below are Affiliate Members of the DCBA and stand ready to assist DCBA attorney members in addressing the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please note that the DCBA has not reviewed or evaluated these services and inclusion on this list is not and should not be considered an endorsement of the companies, products or services shown. 

 

Arbitration and Mediation

 

ADR Systems

 

With access to courts very limited due to Covid-19, your clients may not want to wait months to go before a judge.  We offer immediate scheduling for arbitration and mediation and have many ways to conduct your session:

  • For in-person sessions, we have large conference rooms allowing for social distancing. Common surface areas are regularly being cleaned and disinfected.
  • For remote sessions, we have many options:
    • Telephonic
    • Teleconference
    • Skype
    • Video Conference

Contact ADR Systems at 312.960.2260 or visit us at adrsystems.com

 

Continuing Legal Education

 

IICLE

 

DCBA members are encouraged to take advantage of the DCBA programs available at no charge if they log on through the DCBA website.  Many live programs are impacted by the new rules limiting in-person gatherings.  We are shifting to online webcasts that are available online either at home or at their offices.  At this time, the MCLE Board has advised that there is no plan to extend the reporting deadline for 2020.  There is a grace period for reporting with a small penalty fee.  For research online, the IICLE Online Library remains fully operational and available.  Also, Formulaw, the Institute’s automated forms subscription service is also available with over 100 forms currently available.  Further details can be found at IICLE.com.   

 

Deposition and Conference Support

 

County Court Reporters

 

Due to the challenging climate we find ourselves in and the restrictions being enforced, we want you to know there are alternative ways to continue production, avoiding the cancelations/continuation of depositions by taking advantage of all the remote services we offer with which all office and homes are equipped.   Depositions/Meetings, etc. are taken easily via land line, cell phone, Skype, Zoom or any other videoconferencing system.  We are taking every precaution to prioritize your health, the health of our employees and the health of your clients.   Please feel free to contact our office via email, our website or phone. Our staff is waiting to assist you.  Contact us at 630.653.1622 or scheduling@ccrreporters.com or through countycourtreportersinc.com

 

Lexitas

 

If you can’t travel or are working from home, consider using remote deposition technology.

Our videoconferencing platform provides a secure, live feed to anywhere in the country. This will allow you to attend a proceeding remotely from your location of choice.  Visit our website to learn more. Please email us at info@lexitaslegal.com if you have any questions, concerns, or if there is anything with which we can assist you.

 

Planet Depos

 

In order to schedule your remote deposition, please email scheduling@planetdepos.com and let them know that you would like to take a remote dep. The only other additional information we will need is the name and email address of each attendee. That’s it! We will take care of the rest.

  • Dedicated technician for the duration of your deposition to ensure seamless connectivity
  • Virtual exhibits run by your dedicated technician
  • Complimentary video of the deposition

We highly recommend the use of one of our trained technicians for your remote deposition as this will ensure your deposition goes off without a hitch.  However, if you decide not to use a technician, we would be happy to setup the remote deposition free of charge provided the court reporter is scheduled with us. Contact Ann Marie Hayes at Planet Depos, (888) 433-3767 or annmarie.hayes@planetdepos.com for more information.

 

Document Upload and Transfer

 

Divorce Mediator & Cert. Divorce Coach – Colleen Honquest

 

Our DivorceMD website provides clients with a dashboard that allows them to upload important documents and to communicate with their lawyers, mediators, and therapists, with the click of a button.  We are focused on improving outcomes for individuals going through divorce.  DivorceMD is a platform that is geared toward helping individuals and professionals deal with the tangible and intangible losses in divorce.  We have decided to launch our website today to allow professionals and clients to connect and communicate regarding their pending divorce cases.  We are a new offering and we are going to add even more features including features which help individuals combat false allegations and high conflict divorce situations.  I am a Divorce Mediator and Certified Divorce Coach with over 10 years of lived and professional experience in the Family Court System.  I understand the importance of the ability for clients to have more control in their divorce process and to be able to communicate online with lawyers and mediators, etc.  Visit www.divorcemd.com for more information.

 

 

Property Liquidation

 

Elite K Investments

 

Elite K Investments, LLC buys houses in as-Is condition and can close quickly. The biggest advantage to selling directly to us is that we can make sight unseen offers which means, if the house is occupied, the occupants do not have to worry about getting in contact with other people. If the house is vacant, the attorney or guardian does not have to be concerned with meeting others at the property.

 

Of course, our sight unseen offer prices will be reflective of that so this would really benefit only the properties that need to sold sooner rather than later. We will have to inspect the property during the inspection timeframe however we can use technology to help us with that, as much as possible.

 

Visit www.elitekinvestmentsbuyer.com or contact Sam Kalafan directly at 847-840-0456 or via email at: sam@elitekinvestmentsbuyer.com and she will be happy to answer any questions or share expertise and help in any way she can.

 

Real Estate Closings

 

Citywide Title

 

In order to reduce the amount of person to person contact, we are recommending that Real Estate Brokers and Loan Officers not attend closings. Commission checks will be sent via FedEx at no charge. In cash transactions, if you cannot or do not wish to attend, it is not necessary to do so. We recommend that these closings are handled remotely and coordinated by our closer. For lender transactions, for both Buyers and Sellers Attorneys, we will be as flexible as possible and will provide you with solutions if you cannot or do not wish to attend. As a reminder of our standard courtesy, we will continue to send checks from the closing via FedEx next day delivery at no additional charge.  Also, if you require assistance to coordinate delivery of your documents, please contact your Citywide Representative or email us at agentservices@citywidetitle.com.

 

In our facilities, all closing rooms and commonly touched surfaces within our offices will be sanitized after every closing. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available for use before and after each closing. New pens will be distributed by the closer and can be taken by each user after the closing. We have removed all consumption items that are typically out in the open for people to consume. Seller’s attorneys are encouraged to send original documents to the closing location in advance of the closing. We will gladly handle your signing remotely.

  

Remote Accounting and Law Firm Management

 

Supporting Strategies

 

We provide outsourced, REMOTE bookkeeping and financial accounting for law practices. We can assist with everything from A/R (Billing and Cash Application using their practice management systems) to A/P (Vendor Bills and Payments) to Payroll and provide monthly account reconciliations, financials, and analysis.  We are trained Accountants who already have the expertise in setting up these systems. For service in Naperville, Illinois and Chicago far west suburbs, call Dawn Hershik (630) 475-4182.

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