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KLS Seeks Assistance from Private Attorneys to Extend Services to People During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 10, 2020
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Tags:  child support  COVID-19  KLS  landlord/tenant cases  protection orders  volunteer 

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Virtual Notary in Kansas – Executive Order No. 20-20 – Update from KBA COVID-19 Taskforce

Posted By Ryan Purcell, Thursday, April 9, 2020

Executive Order No. 20-20, temporarily allowing notaries and witnesses to act via audio-video communication technology.
View Executive Order No. 20-20

 

Please view our email alert/announcement here:

Virtual Notary Update

 

 

Tags:  Author: Ryan Purcell  COVID-19  notary  notary republic  virtual notary 

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FAQ and What the New CLE Orders Mean for You? (Information regarding Administrative Order 2020-RL-033, issued April 8, 2020)

Posted By Meg Wickham, Thursday, April 9, 2020

Information regarding Administrative Order 2020-RL-033, issued April 8, 2020.

What you need to know!

Two Basic Things:

  • You have until September 30, 2020 to complete your 12 CLE Credits (including 2 hours of Ethics).
    • Any attorney who cannot meet the June 30 deadline will be granted an automatic extension.
  •  You can now complete all 12 CLE Credits via pre-recorded, “on demand” programs.  These must still be programs that have been accredited and approved in Kansas for CLE credit.

Additional questions you may have…

  • Will the next reporting period be extended?
    • Not with this order.  Attorneys will still be required to comply with the 2020-2021 reporting year by June 30, 2021.  If you do not complete your 2019-2020 hours until September 30, 2020, this would give you less time to earn your 2020-2021 credits.
  • Should I wait for in-person programming closer to the deadline?
    • Our opinion?  No!  Given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 virus and when restrictions from the CDC and local/federal governments will be in place, delaying your credits would be a risky gamble. It is certainly possible that no in-person CLE programs will be possible through the summer months. If you are able, try to complete your requirements by the set date of June 30, 2020. This way, any credits you earn after that will count toward the next compliance year, but you won’t have to worry about meeting this year’s deadline.
  • Where can I access pre-recorded, on-demand CLEs?
    • Please see our website for on-demand CLEs.  We currently offer 2 hours of Ethics credit on demand, but will be expanding our on-demand offerings very soon!
  • I’ve found some pre-recorded programs online from another website. Should I start taking those?
    • It depends.  Buyer beware!  Please ensure that any provider offering you “on demand” CLE credits has received accreditation in Kansas for those CLE hours before registering.  We ensure that all KBA CLE programs, including our On-Demand programs, are approved for CLE Credit in Kansas.
  • I’m new to taking CLEs online … what should I know?
    • The KBA offers a wide variety of online CLE webinars that are engaging and LIVE!  All you need is a computer with an up-to-date web browser and access to a decent speed internet. For many of our webinars, you can even ask questions of the live presenters!  Go to www.ksbar.org/cle for an updated list of our CLE offerings for this compliance period, with more to come!

We are here to support you! Please feel free to reach out with any of your CLE questions or needs.

 

Amanda Wright
Director, Continuing Legal Education
awright@ksbar.org

Delaney Tholen
CLE Program Planner
dtholen@ksbar.org

Tags:  Author: Meg Wickham  CLE  COVID-19  KBA 

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Work and Home Life Balance

Posted By Meg Wickham, Thursday, April 9, 2020

We are navigating a new normal. Working from home is now not just an "outside of regular" work hours scenario. We've turned our homes into our offices. In addition, our newest co-workers can be spouse, partner, children, dogs, cats etc. During this time of sheltering in place, we need to remember to look for balance. This blog will be updated with links to resources that can help you maintain this balance.

Tags:  Author: Meg Wickham  COVID-19  life balance  pinned  work from home 

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OAH: Important Update

Posted By Meg Wickham, Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Important Update

The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) will re-open on April 6, 2020. However, OAH’s physical office remains closed to the public through at least April 19, 2020, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Phones will be answered, and mail will be received daily.

All prehearing conferences and hearings will be held as scheduled unless OAH specifically notifies you that your proceeding has been cancelled or rescheduled.

No filings may be hand-delivered to OAH at this time. To ensure access to OAH, filings may be submitted in one of four ways:

  1. E-Filing System: Use the e-filing system if you are already approved to utilize the e-filing system for your appeal. If you are not an approved e-filer, you may access the e-filing system by completing the E-filing Terms of Use Agreement. This Agreement is located at the “Resources” tab on the OAH website. The e-filing system is the most effective way for parties to verify that their filings have been received by OAH and to receive prompt notice of filings and orders in your appeal.
  2. File by email: Use TemporaryFilingOAH@ks.gov to send filings to OAH. This is a temporary email address to send filings to OAH during the COVID-19 emergency.  Do not send questions or general correspondence to this email address as OAH will not respond.
  3. Fax: File by fax at 785-296-4848.
  4. Mail or third-party delivery services: Filings may be sent to OAH through U.S. mail or other letter/parcel delivery services such as FedEx or UPS. OAH’s address is 1020 S. Kansas Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612.

View source site for even more up-to-date postings.

Tags:  Author: Meg Wickham  COVID-19  eFiling  Filing  OAH  Office of Administrative Hearings  state 

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Webinar CLE: Staying Ethical during a pandemic (Ethics CLE)

Posted By Meg Wickham, Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Tuesday, April 14 Noon

Fundamental to the practice of law is interaction with people about the legal concerns that brought them to us. How do we interact with them, when we are ordered specifically to stay away from clients?

 

Electronically, virtually, and ethically is the answer.

While “the rules” still lag behind technological advances, we know that technological ignorance probably is unethical, pandemic or no. Email and e-filing already have required us to adjust systems, within our offices and facing our clients

and other third parties. With a pandemic, or other truly emergent situation, how can we provide the accessibility that clients want, while protecting us, them, and their information and remaining within the parameters of “the rules?”

 

What happens when the pandemic ends? Is there a new normal?

 

Join us online as Stephanie Goodenow of Goodenow Law, LLC reviews the ethical rules and their application to our new world of working during stay-at-home orders and virtual offices.

 

Registration Fees

KBA Member Attorney: $80

Non-Member Attorney: $100

Paralegal/Assistant: $50

Register with the link below.

https://www.ksbar.org/event/StayEthical

Tags:  Author: Meg Wickham  COVID-19  ethics  webinar 

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COVID-19 General and Financial Resources

Posted By Ryan Purcell, Monday, April 6, 2020
Updated: Friday, May 29, 2020

Tags:  Author: Ryan Purcell  COVID-19  finance  pinned  resources 

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Our Partners in the Profession

Posted By Ryan Purcell, Monday, April 6, 2020

The KBA partners with companies that offer our members products and services unique to KBA members. Our professional partners have resources for KBA members during the COVID-19 pandemic. We wanted to put those in one list for you as a valued KBA member.

Our Partners in the Profession:

ABA Retirement Funds

I hope that you and those close to you are staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented time.

I’ve been sensitive to not overloading email inboxes with notes and updates about the coronavirus, as I know my inbox is overflowing, but I did want to let you know about a couple things that the ABA Retirement Funds Program is doing to help ease the minds of our plan sponsors and participants and show our support for the legal community during this time.

  1. New website page:
  2. Three months free professional management:
    • During this time of uncertainty in the financial markets, many may have questions and concerns regarding their retirement plans. In an effort to support the legal community during this time, we are offering three months of professional management to all participants for no fee. Current participants can sign up between April 1 and June 26 to take advantage of this offer. This offer is being extended to all new plans that join the Program as well.
  3. Social Media:

The legal community has such a strong bond and I do believe we will get through this together.

ALPS

Bradley Software

Free license to current customers with current subscriptions that is good until May 31st. They just have to email to registration@bradleysoftware.com from the email address that the original order was placed using.

Casemaker

KS Cases related to COVID: https://casemaker4.casemakerlegal.com/covid19/kansas
COVID Executive-related orders: https://casemaker4.casemakerlegal.com/browsecovid19/kansas

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our hours will be changing. Effective immediately, Casemaker Support will be open from 8am to 8pm EST Monday-Friday. As always we can be reached by phone at 877.659.0801, email at support@casemakerlegal.com and live chat. When these hours change again, we will let you know via social media and these weekly emails. We appreciate your understanding. Now let's talk about folders in Casemaker4.

Like its predecessor CasemakerLegal, Casemaker4 also allows you to store documents you find over the course of your research. Using the Folders feature you can access your documents from anywhere you can access the internet. Saving hard drive space and paper.

The first thing you will need to do is create a new folder. You can create a folder at any time by clicking on the folder link in the upper right or the Folder menu option under the My Account menu. In addition, if you are on the document you wish to save, you can click the Save to Folder icon and type a name for your folder into the New Folder field and click the + button.

Once a folder has been created, you can save to your folder at any time. Just click the Save To Folder icon from the Document Toolbar, choose your folder, and click Save. If you prefer to drag and drop simply click the Folder icon, and this time choose the folder you would like to use and click ok. This allows the icon to represent the folder you have chosen. Next click and drag the title of the document to the grey toolbar area. Your chosen folder name will appear, and you can drop the document title on top of it.

When you are ready to view the contents of a folder, click the Folders link in the Features toolbar or the Folders option under My Account. Once there, on the left of your screen is a listing of all of your folders. Clicking your folder will display its contents in the central area of the page. Once the folder is open you have the opportunity to move, rename, and delete the entire folder using the options menu at the top of the folders list. On the right you can use the corresponding check boxes to move an individual document to a different folder, or to add it to the print queue, print directly, download, email, or remove. Don’t worry if you have accidentally deleted a document, or folder, that you need. You also have access to a Trash file.

Clio

Clio has established a $1 million COVID-19 Legal Relief Initiative, open to the entire legal industry. Learn more

COVID Resources

https://www.clio.com/blog/virtual-law-firm-guide

Cosmolex

Credible

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Insurance Specialists, Inc (ISI)

Law Pay

Legal Directories Publishing Company

 

MyCase

Office Depot/Office Max

Principal

Rocket Matter

Ruby Receptionist

Ruby and the Ruby Partnership team are taking the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously and, as your main point of contact at the KBA, we wanted to reach out to you directly with a message for your members.

At Ruby, fielding client calls and requests for support is what we do best and we want to take a moment to remind your audience that whether attorneys need short-term help, overflow support, or long term backup, our award-winning receptionists and online chat specialists offer a seamless experience to help your members.

If you deem it appropriate, please feel free to send the information below to your members – or, let us know if there is another medium that would work better and I can help coordinate. We want to be supremely attentive to this situation and provide any support we can for your organization.

________

A message from Member Benefit Provider, Ruby:

In light of the national and global landscape changing so quickly, we are hearing from many customers that they're receiving higher than normal inquiries and influx of communications.

Here at Ruby, fielding your client calls and requests for support is what we do best and we want to take a moment to remind you that whether you need short-term help, overflow support, or long term backup, our award-winning receptionists and chat specialists offer a seamless experience for your clients...who won’t know they are not calling your office.

We curate our conversations with your clients to match the messaging and tone of your practice, do intake, transfer calls, relay messages within minutes, offer bilingual services, and provide unmatched customer communication and support. We also:

  • Handle overflow calls when your staff is out sick or working remotely
  • Make outbound calls on your behalf to keep your clients up to date on any safety measures in place before their appointment
  • Route inbound calls to individual team members on their cell phones/direct lines
  • Ensure that 100% of your calls* are handled by a live, professional receptionist and provide initial screening of the call

And, with our handy Ruby mobile app, you can turn Ruby’s service on and off in a matter of seconds, allowing us to be your safety net when you need us most.

Get started now!

Want to learn more on how Ruby can help you today? Call us at 855-906-4769 or email us at hello@ruby.com. KBA members receive 6% off their monthly bill when they sign up.

*Our receptionists can cover basic business hours, as well as extended evening and weekend hours. The full range of our live answering capabilities is Monday thru Friday 5am–9pm Pacific Time (8am–midnight Eastern Time) and 6am–6pm Pacific Time on weekends (9am–9pm Eastern Time).

TBG conferencing

The Bar Plan

Visa Commerce Bank

KBA Career Services

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Supreme Court issues two new administrative orders in its COVID-19 pandemic response

Posted By Ryan Purcell, Friday, April 3, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 3, 2020
Contact:
Lisa Taylor
Public Information Director
785-296-4872
taylorl@kscourts.org

Supreme Court issues two new administrative orders in its COVID-19 pandemic response

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court today issued two new administrative orders to add direction to courts and clarity to court users about how courts function during the COVID-19 pandemic response.

“The need to reduce in-person contact as much as possible is paramount to our state’s COVID-19 response,” said Chief Justice Marla Luckert. “These orders clarify points in the judicial branch’s actions to reduce or eliminate in-person contact with court staff and judges to protect the health of our workforce and the health of people who need our services.”

Administrative Order 2020-PR-031: Order Suspending Certain Deadlines and Time Limitations in Kansas Municipal Courts Due to the COVID-19 Emergency

This order applies to municipal courts some of the same provisions regarding state court operations and deadlines as outlined in Administrative Order 2020-PR-016 and continued in 2020-PR-32. It authorizes municipal courts to conduct hearings by videoconference and suspends deadlines and time limitations related to speedy trial and arraignment while the order is in effect.

Administrative Order 2020-PR-032: Order Amending 2020-PR-016

Administrative Order 2020-PR-016 named the essential functions state courts are required by state statute to perform and outlined how these can be accomplished without face-to-face contact, whether by telephone conference or videoconference.

Administrative Order 2020-PR-032 modifies Administrative Order 2020-PR-016 by: 

  • renaming emergency operations as essential functions;
  • clarifying that litigation conduct is not limited when it does not involve a judge or court employee;
  • encouraging parties to meet deadlines that do not require in-person proceedings;
  • confirming state courts must have staffing necessary to carry out essential functions and nonessential functions may be performed as local resources and circumstances allow;
  • clarifying that hearings related to nonessential functions may occur, but only by telephone conference or videoconference;
  • clarifying that court staff, whether working in a courthouse or from home, may perform both essential and nonessential functions; and
  • clarifying that courts continue to accept electronic filings in all case types and explaining that processing of filings related to nonessential functions may be delayed depending on staffing levels and demands of essential functions. 

2020 House Substitute for Senate Bill 102

Today's administrative order clarifies that provisions in 2020 House Substitute for Senate Bill 102 became effective March 19, 2020, when it was published in the Kansas Register. It permits the chief justice to issue an order suspending all statutory deadlines and time limitations to bring a defendant to trial until further order of the chief justice.

Essential court functions

Essential functions are outlined in the Administrative Order 2020-PR-32, and generally include: 

  • determining probable cause for persons arrested without a warrant;
  • first appearances;
  • bond hearings;
  • warrants for adults and juveniles;
  • juvenile detention hearings;
  • care and treatment emergency orders;
  • protection from abuse and protection from stalking temporary orders;
  • child in need of care hearings and orders;
  • commitment of sexually violent predators; and
  • isolation and quarantine hearings and orders. 

For a complete list of judicial branch actions to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, visit Kansas Courts Response to COVID-19.

State of Kansas
Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1507
785-296-2256
www.kscourts.org

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WyCoBar: District Court Orders 20-MV-71, 72 and 73

Posted By Ryan Purcell, Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The order extends protection from abuse and protection from stalking orders to May 27th, 2020. Hearings are postponed on these cases.

Tags:  Author: Ryan Purcell  county  COVID-19  district  district court  Wyandotte County District Court  WyCoBar 

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