Commencing June 1, 2020, the Superior Court of California, County of Napa has reopened and resumed judicial operations. The Court has established social-distancing and remote-appearance procedures to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure. While we certainly have not reached the "business as usual" stage, we are pleased to announce that "non-emergency" matters may now proceed.
Please feel free to contact our office for further information, and we hope you all continue to remain safe and healthy.
We have all been affected by the health and economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue doing our part for society, there is a heightened need to protect ourselves, our loved ones and friends. And this protection goes beyond social distancing, wearing masks and repeated hand-washing.
While understandably difficult, a review of what protection plans you have in place for yourself and your loved ones is warranted during these unprecedented times. Would your loved ones know what to do? How can you ensure that your medical and financial decisions are carried out as you would want? As life-long member of the Napa Valley community, Attorney Trevor G. Jackson is offering expedited cost-effective services to provide some guidance and peace of mind during these uncertain times.
LEVEL 1 PLAN. (standard plan starting at $200.00) Review of existing Advance Health Care Directive* and Durable Power of Attorney** estate-planning instruments to determine your current level of protection, and comprehensive legal consultation regarding the same.
LEVEL 2 PLAN. (standard plan starting at $300.00) Comprehensive legal consultation, and the preparation and execution of provisional Advance Health Care Directive and Durable Power of Attorney instruments setting forth your specific wishes and decisions should you become incapacitated or otherwise unable to act on your own behalf. Additional layers of protection are available under an optional enhanced plan.
LEVEL 3 PLAN. (standard plan starting at $500.00) Comprehensive legal consultation, and the preparation and execution of provisional Advance Health Care Directive and Durable Power of Attorney instruments. Review of existing Advance Health Care Directive, Durable Power of Attorney, and Will or Trust*** estate-planning instruments to determine your current level of protection, and comprehensive legal consultation regarding the same. Additional layers of protection are available under an optional enhanced plan.
For further information about these plans and/or to schedule a consultation, please visit our Contact page.
*Advance Health Care Directive (also known as Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions): This is a lawful and enforceable document which sets forth your directives (instructions) regarding your medical treatment when are unable to make those decisions yourself. It also designates someone to act as your Agent (Attorney-In-Fact) to carry out your health care directives.
**Durable Power of Attorney: This is a lawful and enforceable document which ensures that your financial affairs are handled should you become unable to transact those matters yourself. It also designates someone to act as your Agent (Attorney-In-Fact) to carry out your financial directives. The Law Office prepares power of attorney documents that mandate the payment of your attorney’s fees if an institution unreasonably refuses to honor the Agent’s authority.
***Will or Trust: These are estate-planning documents which provide for the distribution of your assets upon your death.
TO: All Interested Parties
FROM: Law Office of Trevor G. Jackson
The following information provides the current status of the Courts and some further guidance as we continue navigating the impacts caused by COVID-19. It’s recommended that you check your local Superior Court’s website for the emergency orders now in effect, as each court has its own policies. This update is specific to the Superior Court of California, County of Napa.
As of March 17, 2020, the Court restricted public access. Except for certain criminal and emergency family law proceedings, all matters have been stayed (put on hold) through and including April 10, 2020. As of April 2, 2020, this order remains in effect.
On March 30, 2020, the Court announced the implementation of audio/video-conferencing technology for certain criminal and juvenile matters, and its plan to expand this technology for civil and non-emergency family law matters.
On April 1, 2020, the Court issued an advisory concerning child custody matters. Among other things, it clarified that any visitation orders based on school breaks/holidays remain in effect (despite school closures), and that the COVID-19 outbreak alone is not sufficient basis to deny parenting time. The Court issued additional guidelines as it relates to child exchanges, supervised visitations, travel, health & and safety issues, and make-up time as a result of the novel coronavirus.
Accordingly, it appears that any court hearings on certain non-emergency family law matters will become available as the Court implements its audio/video-conferencing technology platform. The Court will continue reviewing emergency family law matters per the current order.
While our office is closed to the general public, we remain in operation. Clients are welcome to contact this office by email or telephone per the standard practice. As part of our social distancing, sanitation, and further risk-mitigation measures at the office, we are restricting in-person meetings at this time. We are not accepting any walk-ins, but are offering telephonic or videoconferencing consultations for new potential clients who may contact us by using the following link: https://www.napalawoffice.com/contact.html
TO: All Interested Parties
FROM: Law Office of Trevor G. Jackson
We hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and well. To follow is some guidance as we continue mitigating the impacts caused by COVID-19.
First, let’s take a step back and appreciate how our society is doing something quite extraordinary right now. We, as a whole, are coming together to protect the sanctity of human life. The best measure by which society may provide is based on what we provide for society. Through our individual sacrifices, we show the strength, resilience, and common decency intrinsic to the values and principles on which our democracy was founded. As we collectively withstand COVID-19, remember: this too shall pass. By exercising common decency and doing our part, history will view this as a time when Americans, yet again, stand united.
With the above in mind, we are updating you on the court status in the San Francisco Bay Area during this very dynamic situation. At present, all California Bay Area Superior Courts have implemented emergency rules which delay/defer nearly all court proceedings, and public access is barred. It’s recommended that you check your Superior Court’s website for the emergency orders now in effect, as each court has its own policies.
As of March 17, 2020, the Superior Court of California, County of Napa, has restricted general public access. Except for in-custody criminal actions and certain family law proceedings, all matters have been stayed through and including April 10, 2020. Given the most recent shelter-in-place orders issued by Napa County (03/18/20) and California (03/19/20), it remains an open question whether normal court activities will resume after April 10, 2020.
This means that all “non-emergency” divorce, support and custody (“Family Law”) hearings will not be heard during the COVID-19 lockdown period. But if you have a Family Law matter in Napa that is emergency in nature, remedies should remain available. Examples of such matters may include emergency child custody orders, restraining orders, and emergency support proceedings.
While our office is closed to the general public, we remain in operation. Clients are welcome to email or call per the standard practice. We have sanitation, social distancing, and further risk-mitigation measures in place should an in-person meeting be required. We are not accepting any walk-ins and are offering telephonic consultations for new clients using the following link: https://www.napalawoffice.com/contact.html
We will keep you posted on any further updates. Again, thank you for your continued service to society. We strive to do the same, and will help you navigate through this.