COVID - 19

COVID - 19 IMPACT
In response to the CDC guidelines and local government orders, The Mussalli Law Firm has implemented changes to our existing in-office work schedules and staffing protocols for the health, safety and welfare of our valued team members and clients and to do our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19. We remain committed to serving our clients’ needs, including as may be necessary on a time-sensitive basis. We are closely monitoring all pending litigation matters and keeping in frequent contact with court staff to ensure proper flow of cases and noting any scheduling changes. Although we have ceased all in-office client meetings, we have made appropriate technology adjustments to continue to meaningfully communicate remotely, but even those systems have proven to be overburdened at times, by the sheer volume of users. In the event you do not receive a timely reply to any communication, kindly email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and include “URGENT” in the subject line and we will expedite any necessary action on our part.

We appreciate your patience while we work together to prudently manage the existing circumstances.

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Covid - 19

Governor Issues Order to Re-open Businesses

May 14, 2020

  • By Margaret Urquhart - The Mussalli Law Firm
Governor Abbott’s May 6th Executive Order orders Texans to continue minimizing social gatherings and in-person contacts except with those in the same household through May 19, 2020, and those over 65 are encouraged to say home. Notwithstanding, some businesses are permitted to reopen on May 6th, and additional services are allowed to re-open on May 18th. Still other businesses are not permitted to re-open by the order.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

April 06, 2020 (updated April 08, 2020)

  • By Kelsey Ratz - The Mussalli Law Firm
In response to the global pandemic, the Federal government recently enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), which requires most employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or extended family and medical leave if they have to be off work for specified reasons related to the novel coronavirus. Please note that this area of law is ever-changing and it is likely that over the course of the next several months, we will see clarifications or changes as to how the FFCRA is implemented.

Employee Safety and COVID-19

April 05, 2020 (updated April 08, 2020)

  • By Margaret Urquhart - The Mussalli Law Firm
As we are learning to adjust to the realities of living through a pandemic, employers are being confronted with uncertainties regarding how to keep their employees safe and to what extent they need to have procedures in place considering the ever-changing landscape of information about this disease. Although state and local authorities all over the country have issued orders requiring employees to remain in their homes, many businesses and employees are exempt from these respective orders because the business provides essential services or products. Therefore, many of us are still working in the proximity of others, and employers should take reasonable precautions to minimize the risk of exposure among and between employees and the general public.

COVID-19 Commercial Lease Considerations for Non-Lawyers

April 05, 2020

  • By Brandon Hedblom - The Mussalli Law Firm
This memorandum is being provided for informational purposes to the commercial real estate community in response to the recent developments concerning COVID-19. As we are coming to experience, these circumstances are constantly changing, but the information provided below is based on the information currently known at the time of this publication.

Evictions and COVID-19

April 05, 2020 (updated April 07, 2020)

  • By Brandon Hedblom - The Mussalli Law Firm
On March 19, 2020, the Texas Supreme Court issued an order stopping residential eviction proceedings until April 19, although there are some exceptions for criminal activity or if the tenants "pose an imminent physical threat.”