To Our FGSB Clients and Friends:

 

There’s an old Chinese saying that is considered both a blessing and curse: “May you live in interesting times.” We can’t think of a better way to describe the year 2020. Just like you, our law firm has been presented with challenges we never could have imagined, even one year ago. At this point, we are well into what people are calling, “the new normal.”

 

Perhaps the greatest changes in the practice of law involve our litigators–those who focus on family, civil or criminal law. Health concerns have made most court proceedings problematic. Early on, we learned to communicate with our colleagues electronically. Status conferences with the court were held via video conference. Now, we are moving into an era in which even contested court hearings and trials are being held remotely.  These changes require a whole new set of skills for our lawyers and staff. For example, admitting a document into evidence requires certain formalities which are not easily adapted to a video screen.

 

Our “office lawyers” have faced similar challenges. Handling real estate closings or Will signings in the parking lot was never going to be a long-term solution. We have developed procedures which have returned real estate, estate planning and other aspects of our practice to the office conference room, with appropriate safeguards for all.

 

We are now six months into the COVID situation. We feel confident in saying that we are able to handle the full range of client needs with only minimal disruption. The times may be interesting, but our clients’ concerns are as important as ever. As always, we are here to make sure that your matter is addressed promptly and professionally.

 

 

Welcome to FGSB

The cornerstone of our practice is a sense of professionalism. This involves providing our clients with the highest possible level of legal services.  It also includes the personal satisfaction that comes with a job well done.

 

We value a sense of collegiality. The lawyers in this firm are a diverse group and have varied areas of practice, but we work in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Cases are discussed. Clients are placed with the attorney who can best do the job.

 

Firm mentality--We practice as a firm, in part, because it is economical to do so.  Beyond that, sharing the administrative burdens allows each of us to focus our attention on the substantive areas of practice that interest us.

 

Atmosphere–We have confidence in our work product but are not arrogant. Clients should find us relaxed and approachable.

 

Legal Fees–We do not hide the fact that we charge for our legal services. Our goal is not to be the least expensive law firm, but the law firm that delivers the best value for our clients.

 

Role of Attorneys–We face the challenges of a rapidly changing society.  We know that the needs of our clients are constantly changing, and our role must adapt to meet those needs.

 

 

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