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Heyl Royster's Response to COVID-19

03/18/2020

Dear Clients and Friends,

Clearly we are all going through a period where life will be different for a while given all the issues surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. Our thoughts go out to you as you protect yourselves and your employees, and we want to do everything we can to assist you in that regard. We at Heyl Royster have also been monitoring the situation on an hourly basis, and we are taking appropriate measures to protect our employees. We support all measures to stop the spread of this virus, and we are doing our part, as I know you are as well.

As this evolves, I want to reach out and advise you regarding Heyl Royster’s Business Continuity Plan (BCP), and let you know what to expect from us during this period of changed working conditions. Our response, at every point, has been directed towards protecting our employees and limiting the spread of the virus, while at the same time continuing to fully meet the needs and requirements of our clients. To that end, please be aware of the following:

  • While this is a fluid situation, and may change, all of our eight offices remain open at this time. We have been in compliance with all CDC guidelines and have been monitoring all other reliable sources to make sure our employees are as protected as possible in the workplace. In compliance with all available information, we have taken all necessary steps to help prevent the contracting and spread of COVID-19, including measures regarding cleanliness and sanitation, as well as social distancing. This is our number one priority.
  • In the event this changes, for any reason, in any of our offices, you will see no interruption in our services. Every attorney in our firm has always had and will continue to have the ability to work remotely, with full computer, phone and support services. Regular mail processing will continue. You will be able to continue to contact us as normal through all means, and we will stay in contact with you. We have made preparations for staff and paralegals to be fully functional during this timeframe, either remotely, if necessary, or in specified support crews that will remain on site and functional. In short, other than face-to-face, and person-to-person contact, you will see no difference in Heyl Royster’s availability and service during this period.
  • We also have the ability, especially with a small amount of advanced notice, to arrange for face-to-face communication over video conference or other technologies as needed.
  • We are carefully monitoring all pronouncements by courts and administrative bodies, along with other entities before which your matters may be pending. Most of them have, or certainly will be, modifying their procedures and practices. Almost all of them, however, remain functional to some degree, and pending cases are ongoing and continuing. While most personal appearances involving depositions, hearings, and other matters are being continued, and while some deadlines are being extended, there is no pause in place for most situations. We will keep you advised of these developments, continue to protect your interests, and continue to advance resolution of your cases.
  • As part of our BCP, we have initiated daily, and sometimes more regular, leadership and administrative meetings to monitor the ongoing situation. To the extent any of this changes, we will keep you fully updated.

If you have questions on any of this, please feel free to contact me directly. Most importantly, be safe, be calm, and thank you for your continued confidence in our firm.

Craig S. Young
Firm Managing Partner
Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C.
300 Hamilton Boulevard, P.O. Box 6199, Peoria, IL 61601
cyoung@heylroyster.com, 309.676.0400