ABA President Seeks Classification of Legal Services as ‘Essential’ During COVID-19 Crisis
March 30, 2020
CHICAGO — The president of the American Bar Association has asked the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to classify legal services as “essential” during the national COVID-19 crisis, thereby allowing attorneys to provide in-person assistance where needed.
In a March 24 letter, ABA president Judy Perry Martinez explained that not all legal services can legally or practically be done remotely, noting that in many states, in-person execution of instruments such as wills, powers of attorney, or health care directives is required.
“Even when not mandated, best practices may require that a lawyer observe the client or other person …