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Kalamaya Goscha Attorney Ryan Kalamaya

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When Will This End?

You’ve been incessantly checking the news the past two weeks. Every doorknob, shopping cart, mailed package or social interaction (6′ or not) causes you to think, “Is this when I get infected?” You’re worried about the health of your family, friends and you. We understand.

We’re in this Together

As the impact of COVID-19 has quickly escalated around the world and here in the Rocky Mountains, we felt it important to connect with our clients and friends to let you know what action Kalamaya | Goscha has taken. It’s clear we’re all in this together. 

What We’re Doing

Over two weeks ago, I asked our employees to work remotely and stop coming into the office unless there was some compelling reason for them to be there. Before this pandemic, we would have 1-4 people working remotely on any given day. We implemented a policy on working remotely several months ago to provide guidance on what was expected of employees when they were away from the office. We’ve had longstanding policies on cyber security, digital document management, personal social media usage and communication protocol inside and outside our organization. With offices spread out between Aspen, Glenwood Springs and Edwards, we’ve had to figure out how to remain connected and aligned while being geographically separated. Below is a list of applications/services that we frequently use:
  • Zoom– for virtual meetings, including initial consultations. There’s been a lot of attention to Zoom the last few weeks. People are now having Zoom birthday parties, happy hours, and dinner parties. We weren’t that progressive before COVID-19, but we’ve been using Zoom for internal team meetings for the past year. For initial consultations and client meetings, we frequently use the screen-share feature to walk through documents, pictures, spreadsheets and other materials relevant to the case. More on how we’ve changed using Zoom in the last few weeks below.
  • Slack – for internal communications. We have multiple channels to streamline conversations. For example, there is a channel on family law where we share case law updates, discussion on updates or tricky legal issues. 
  • HelloSign – for electronic signatures, including representation agreements.
  • Clio – our practice management software. We automatically create task lists and deadlines for particular events such as when a client hires us or a case is set for trial. Clio also allows us to send bills to clients via email, accept credit cards and set up payment plans.
  • Casetext – for legal research. Casetext is a supercharged search engine that offers cutting-edge features like AI review of motions or briefs.
  • Family Law Software – for financial analysis in domestic relations cases. FLS allows clients to upload his or her info remotely and our team to work collaboratively on a single file.
  • TrialPad– for trial advocacy and remote depositions.
  • Box– for secure online document storage. From our inception, we’ve been paperless. We scan hard copies and store them electronically. We set up a secure portal for each client so that they have access to their file at their convenience.
  • Office 365 – for email, documents and spreadsheets. In particular, we share spreadsheets within our practice groups.

What We’re Doing Differently

Like everyone else, the last few weeks has forced us to question what we can do better. The below is a list of things we’ve recently changed within our firm.

  1. All initial consultations, depositions, and clients meetings will be done with Zoom, FaceTime, Skype or telephone.
  2. Everyone shares a picture and an update on how we’re feeling professionally and personally each day. For example, the picture to the right is from early yesterday morning after I skinned up to the top of Snowmass. I shared it with a message about how fortunate we are to live in the mountains.
  3. We’ve increased the frequency of our internal Zoom meetings. We used to do bi-weekly team meetings for our DR, criminal defense and personal injury teams. We’ve increased those to weekly occurrences. Our monthly firm meetings are now bi-weekly. Amy Goscha has quick check-ins each morning with our support staff. I have implemented weekly one-on-one meetings with each of our associates and support staff members.
  4. We have encouraged our employees to have a daily routine. We ask them to take breaks to get outside and breathe the fresh Colorado air.
  5. All legal documents, including marital separation agreements and settlement releases for personal injuries, will be signed by clients via HelloSign to reduce personal interactions.
  6. We’ve ramped up internal trainings on Zoom, presenting deposition exhibits with TrialPad and effectively communicating with clients.

The Future

We are fortunate that Kalamaya | Goscha is fully operational while we do our part to contain this outbreak. We do not know what the future holds or how long this pandemic will last. Instead of dwelling on the hardships caused by COVID-19, our team has taken this as an opportunity to strengthen our systems and processes and focus on our client’s needs.

 “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” 

Seneca

We wish everyone good health in the months to come. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact our office at 970-315-2365 or shoot me an email at ryan@kalamaya.law.

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