Given the current safety and shelter directives, you may be wondering if and how family law matters are proceeding. They are and, as you might expect, it is through the use of technology.
At Hansen & Hildebrand, it is possible for the entire legal process to proceed without in-person contact with your lawyer or a court official.
CONSULTING AND SETTLEMENT MEETINGS
We are conducting meetings via video conferencing, which permits audio and visual communication including document sharing on the screen. Participants only need a screen, camera, and speaker. Almost all phones, tablets and laptops are already equipped for free video conferencing. Communication also occurs via phone and email as our lawyers and staff are all working remotely.
DIGITAL FILE SHARING
We use encrypted file sharing software as a secure and easy way to share documents. This works as a remote file cabinet where clients can both upload and review the documents and files necessary to manage your case.
All Wisconsin counties are required to accept court documents by electronic filing. The electronically filed version is considered the “original.” We eFile documents directly from our computers to the court via the court’s secure server.
All documents can be signed with our firm’s secure e-signature software. We will email you the documents and you can simply sign with a touch screen or by typing your name.
Many courts are holding hearings with phone and Zoom video conferencing. If you and your spouse are able to reach agreement on settlement terms, in some counties a divorce can even be granted without a personal, video, or phone appearance. Trials and contested hearings with witnesses are generally being delayed, however.
We accept credit card payments via a secure Internet portal.
We have adopted and obtained the tools and modifications to handle all case types including negotiation, litigation, collaborative and mediation. For more information about remote mediation, see our Virtual Mediation page.
The Hansen & Hildebrand Family Law Team is here to assist if you are considering divorce, even amid the stay-at-home restrictions in Wisconsin. For questions or a complimentary phone consult, call Hansen & Hildebrand, S.C. at (414) 273-2422.
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