To our valued clients and colleagues, we are reaching out to communicate Blethen Berens’ efforts in response to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and Governor Walz’s Shelter-in-Place Order which took effect on Friday, March 27, 2020 and has been extended thru May 3rd.
As a provider of critical services, Blethen Berens will continue to serve our clients and maintain the same level of service quality, with an added focus on doing our part to prevent the spread of the virus and mitigate impact to the communities in which we live and work.
From March 30, 2020 through May 3, 2020, we are taking the following actions:
- Our attorneys and staff will primarily be working remotely, but may be available, as needed for in-person meetings. You can continue to reach them via email or telephone.
- Our phones will continue to be answered and staff will be available to accept documents or deliveries at our office locations.
- Our lobbies in both Mankato and New Ulm will be closed to visitors and deliveries, except by appointment.
- We request that any documents that can be provided electronically or by mail, be provided in that format rather than being delivered to our offices.
- We are shifting to virtual or telephonic meetings where possible
- Real estate closings, will signings and other similar in-person events will continue, but with appropriate social distancing.
Blethen Berens has made investments in technology to transition to remote work and mobile capabilities. We are confident that the technology, tools and commitment of our staff and attorneys will allow us to continue to serve our clients and partners and maintain effective communications and legal services delivery.
This is certainly not business as usual; however we believe the health and safety of our staff, our clients and our partners should be our top priority. We will work closely with our clients and partners to minimize disruptions and appreciate your help as we navigate these next few weeks and months.
We will update this information as the situation evolves and additional measures may become necessary.