COVID-19 Updates from Doyle & Foutty, PC (Indiana & Kentucky)
First and foremost, all of us at Doyle & Foutty, PC are thinking of the health and safety of our clients in these times of unprecedented concern and civic disruption. While our firm has taken steps to internally address the COVID&19 situation and ensure we are able to remain operating at full capacity, we recognize that the landscape is changing rapidly, and we remain attentive to those changes and willing to adjust and adapt.First and foremost, all of us at Doyle & Foutty, PC are thinking of the health and safety of our clients in these times of unprecedented concern and civic disruption. While our firm has taken steps to internally address the COVID&19 situation and ensure we are able to remain operating at full capacity, we recognize that the landscape is changing rapidly, and we remain attentive to those changes and willing to adjust and adapt.
As far as our operations in Indiana and Kentucky go, we have invested in equipment to make 100% of our workforce capable of remote connectivity within the coming week. Presently, we are at approximately 95%. This will allow our operations to continue unaffected by quarantines, school closings, and travel restrictions. Phone calls can be securely and privately re&routed to remote staff. We have also worked with our 3rd party vendors to temporarily relocate key business equipment to an offsite location accessible by our staff as needed. In short, we are in a strong position to continue serving our clients without any interruption.
At the same time, both Indiana and Kentucky have implemented unprecedented changes to court& related operations that will impact your files, and we want to make you aware of those. Here are the updates of where things stand on the state level at this time.
Marion County (greater Indianapolis) has canceled all Sheriff Sales for March. We are working to reschedule sales now and are updating our client's systems on affected cases. We anticipate that other counties may cancel sales in the coming days and weeks. Several populous counties are moving exclusively to telephonic hearings for non&evidentiary hearings. We expect this trend to continue. Our firm will utilize local counsel when possible and seek leave of court to appear telephonically at any hearings where inperson attendance would violate travel restrictions. Courts are currently being urged to grant continuances upon request. We are not objecting to any continuances at this time.
Click Here to view the Indiana Executive Order.
Kentucky's Chief Justice has issued an Order (https://kycourts.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx) which states that civil hearings are canceled beginning Monday the 16th through April 10th and are to be reset at the discretion of the presiding judge. We are now awaiting new hearing dates from the Courts. Anticipating a possible extension of this Order, we are now filing any new Motions that need a hearing for May dates. New filings, pleadings, etc. will continue as normal as they are not restricted so long as a hearing is not involved.
At this time, we have no word on Commissioner Sales, but we will not be surprised if a County Commissioner decides to reschedule
sales in the foreseeable future. We will address any sale cancellations on a case by case basis.