Following up on our prior posting regarding our initiative to support our community businesses during this trying time, ATR is pleased to announce the next local business we are supporting by purchasing gift cards: Cia Cafe. Cia is a wonderful neighborhood business to grab a coffee, a delicious breakfast sandwich, or lunch. As soon as is reasonably possible, we hope to see it return to the local meeting place where our neighbors and friends meet to relax and catch up. We hope you will join us in support of Cia with your takeout and gift card purchases.
ATR would not exist without the trust the local community puts in us and our services day in and day out, and we want to make sure that all of you, and your businesses, are with us on the other side of these challenging times. While we know everyone is in different financial positions, we are mindful that we are indeed all in this together, and that we are stronger together – we owe our success to each other in our small communities, and where possible, we encourage and challenge those that can to support local businesses, by picking up gift cards, tipping extra (or even in scenarios you might not normally) so that we are all present and as successful as possible when we move through this period of upheaval.
We are here for you, and we encourage us all to be here for each other. Suggestions for other businesses to support are appreciated, just let us know. Also, if you, your business or any one you know is in need of legal assistance and counsel, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 207-767-4824, we look forward to working with you!
Everyone is feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic near and far as we all adjust our personal and business lives to deal with the changing landscape of governmental and health related directives. ATR remains committed to being present, available and on top of this evolving legal landscape and we also remain committed to those that allow us to be present in that endeavor: our clients and our local community.
This is a challenging time, and we, like you, want to support our community as best we can, and encourage others to join us. To that end, ATR has committed to purchasing gift cards from local businesses and clients as well as finding other creative ways to give back and sustain the local community.
The first business we are supporting by purchasing gift cards is the South Portland House of Pizza, an active member of the South Portland community that gives back day in and day out. We encourage you to take advantage of curbside pick-up and purchase your own gift cards for later use or provide to a neighbor who might need a hand.
We look forward to sharing with you the next business we support, and please share with us your story or a suggestion for a community business you think would be a candidate for our program of community support.
We are here for you, and we encourage us all to be here for each other. If you, your business or any one you know is in need of legal assistance and counsel, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 207-767-4824, we look forward to working with you!
Ainsworth, Thelin & Raftice gratefully supports our front-line medical providers and all those putting the good of the community over themselves during these unprecedented times. We encourage those who can to support those working for the greater good however they can, and show them the heartfelt thanks we all have for their dedicated and selfless work as we battle COVID-19. A big thank you as well to DiPietro’s Market for making the delicious food we were able to share with our steadfast frontline workers!
The line above is not only a reality, it is a serious problem for anyone involved in Maine’s Family Court system. Before the pandemic, people had career changes and job losses and modifications had to be made to Child Support Orders all the time. The difference now is- THE COURT IS CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST MAY 1, 2020. Now what?
Right now, the only cases that are getting regularly scheduled hearings are those dealing with people incarcerated for crimes and people seeking Protection orders. See link : https://www.courts.maine.gov/covid19/pmo-sjc-1-3-30-20.pdf Despite the real “emergency” presented to everyone who has a job and obligations to children delineated by Court Order, these are not deemed “emergency” by the Courts. That does not mean, however, that you cannot do something to help your situation.
The process for modifying a Child Support Order is the same: a Motion has to be filed and “served” upon the opposing party. If the Courts were open, the clerks’ office would notify all parties of a date upon which everyone would appear, and the matter would end by agreement or be set for mediation and/or a hearing eventually. The fact is those cases can take months to proceed through the system, and if you are no longer employed, you simply cannot wait.
What many people do not know is that modifications to orders can be entered and made effective very quickly BY AGREEMENT. To be valid, any such agreement needs to be formalized and signed by the Court. Despite the closures, the Court can still sign these modifications now and ease the pressure on those obligated. Clearly not all of these cases can be resolved by agreement, but if no motion to modify is filed for months, then the person obligated to pay will owe that money. In some cases, when modifications are requested by Motion and the facts support such a finding, payments can be retroactively reduced but only to the date of the filed Motion. This means that filing a Motion to Modify sooner rather than later can save you money. Call ATR’s family law team to discuss your options and to see if there is some compromise that can be reached, or whether you should file a Motion to Modify.
Attorney Christopher P. Leddy is one of ATR’s Family Law practitioners.
Read more about Attorney Leddy and contact him here: Link
All of us at Ainsworth, Thelin & Raftice, P.A. hope you and your family are safe and well.
Our attorneys and staff continue to closely monitor coronavirus-related developments in our area. The firm has always followed general health and safety guidelines, including those relative to office cleaning.
However, given the nature and extent of this virus as an extremely contagious pandemic, we’ve taken additional steps out of an abundance of caution.
Currently, we intend to continue to staff our offices and remain available to assist our clients. That being said, we have secured our offices at 7 Ocean Street in South Portland so that we can control access, thereby safeguarding the well-being of our staff, attorneys, clients, and the public at large.
The best manner of contact for the firm remains by telephone.
Our general office number is (207)767-4824. Attorneys and staff also stand ready to communicate via email and facsimile, as needed.
To the extent that you believe that in-person, in-office legal assistance is necessary, please contact the firm by telephone to discuss your particular matter with the appropriate attorney.
Clients experiencing fever, coughing, or shortness of breath must cancel any scheduled appointments. And, of course, clients who have any reason to believe they experienced exposure to the virus must cancel appointments.
In the event that in-office assistance is deemed necessary, please be aware that we have reviewed and reinforced cleaning procedures throughout the firm’s offices, including the prompt, regular cleaning and disinfection of surfaces throughout the firm, such as those found in our conference rooms, reception area, and rest rooms.
Our firm’s attorneys and staff must stay home if they do not feel well, or have any reason to believe they were exposed to the virus.
As a small, local business, we appreciate your support and understanding in these difficult times. If our situation changes, we will update answering machine messages, our firm website, as well as our firm Facebook page, including contact information in the event of a legal emergency.