Courts Are Closed, But You Have A Legal Emergency. Now What?

To borrow from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “today is a day that will live in infamy”.

As a result of the on-going coronavirus epidemic, on March 17, 2020 the Honorable Kevin C. Brazile issued a General Order that, in effect, shut down civil access to our justice system throughout Los Angeles County.

This public health crisis may not yet be on the historic scale alongside the Japanese bombardment of Pearl Harbor of which President Roosevelt was reflecting. But few could have predicted these developments even one week ago.

COVID19, virtual meetings, and social distancing all became household terms overnight. They represent our new norms where society at large is asked to stay away from one another. It is truly unprecedented. Things are anticipated to get worse before they get better.

So, what does a business owner do now if she discovers one of her partners is embezzling company funds? What are the options for a commercial property landlord if creditors come hounding foreclosure? How can local businesses continue to protect their rights during these uncertain times?

Ex Parte Applications are the answer. They are legal emergency motions that authorize a broad range of relief when time is of the essence. They are the one exception permitted by Judge Brazile’s Orders across Los Angeles County. They can be filed and ruled upon within twenty-four to forty-eight hours.

At Shenon Law, our attorneys have successfully prosecuted emergency orders during the direst of circumstances. From Temporary Restraining Orders preventing a partner from touching a single penny of company funds, to Writs of Possession compelling return of business property, to Mandatory Injunctions forcing creditors to refinance to avoid foreclosure, we have seen it all. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Ex Parte Applications are also available for:

(1) Authorizing discovery on an expedited schedule. When every minute counts, expedited discovery is essential to proving your claims before the evidence is tampered or destroyed.

(2) Effectuating substitute service. When a Party dodges service, emergency orders are the quickest way to submit them to the Court’s jurisdiction.

(3) Shortening time for regularly noticed motions. These days, no prudent litigant can wait for regular motions to be heard six to twelve months out.

(4) Appointing third-party receivers to prevent majority shareholders from company looting.

It is often said that the first amongst rights is that which guarantees access to all others. As this access hangs in limbo, we at Shenon Law remain steadfast and dedicated to servicing all your business needs. Our lawyers have the proven track record, knowledge, and earnest grit to protect your rights during the most challenging of times.