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COVID-19 & Gerami Law

Legal Services deemed as essential services

The Ontario Government has designated Professional and social services that support the legal and justice system as essential services:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces#section-3

Our lawyers continue to service clients with various legal services, including in-land refugee claims, judicial review leave applications, in-land spousal sponsorship applications, humanitarian and compassionate permanent residency applications, express entry permanent residency applications, extensions of temporary status, temporary residency permits and more.

Physical Office

While, at the present time, due to the COVID – 19 Crisis, the Gerami Law PC office (at 130 Albert Street #802) is open to public, we meet clients to receive their documents by prior appointment only.

All clients who attend the office must wear a mask at all times and keep a 2-meter distance from Gerami Law PC staff while in the office.   Please note that our reception seating area is presently closed.

Our Team continues to serve our clients remotely and at the office.  However, all client appointments and consultations are conducted virtually for health and safety reasons. We are fully equipped with the necessary IT services to access client files and meet with them virtually as required by ZOOM and SKYPE.

All employees, contractors, clients and visitors who:

 

    • have symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose (note related to seasonal allergies); or
    • who have travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days; or
    • who have been in contact with someone in the past 14 days who has tested positive for COVID-19

 

are NOT permitted to enter the office.

Hours of Operation

Our hours of operation has not changed, please refer to our contact us page for more information.

Modes of Communication

All lawyers and supporting staff at Gerami Law PC are equipped with the technological tools to serve our clients remotely.  All our telephone lines, including the 1-800 number is fully operational.

Commissioning of Documents

Commissioning in Ontario is governed by the Commissioners for Taking Affidavits Act (‘Act’), and section 9 of the Act required that statutory declarations be “taken by the deponent in the presence of a commissioner or notary public.” However, under the circumstances of COVID-19, the Law Society of Ontario presently interprets section 9 of the Act as NOT requiring the lawyer to be in the physical presence of the client, and permits alternative means of commissioning, such as via video conference.  Click herefor more details.

Fees and Payments

We accept Visa and Master Card on-line via our website.  For all other forms of payments, please contact us to discuss the options further.

Courier and Mail

We accept courier and mail with special arrangement.