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Protecting the health and safety of our employees, clients, and community has and will always be our top priority.  Your lawyers and staff understand the concern and uncertainty caused by this pandemic.

New York State has mandated that 100% of the workforce must stay home beginning Sunday, March 22nd at 8PM, excluding essential services.  As such this physical office is closed pending further mandates.  However, our firm remains open with all staff and attorneys available to assist you by phone and through our virtual law office.  You remain our priority.

  • We remain available to appear with and for you on matters deemed by the Court System to be essential.
  • Please call 607-275-3425 during normal business hours with questions or concerns.
  • If you had an in-office appointment we will accommodate your appointment telephonically or with videoconferencing.
  • If you had a previously scheduled court appearance, your matter has been adjourned or your personal appearance is not required at this time.  You will receive updates.
  • The court system is functioning in a fashion most consistent with health and safety.  We will continue to advise you and provide you with updates as the legal system adapts to these new circumstances.
  • Visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home for updates from New York State.
  • Please visit https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health for more local information.
  • Notary Service is now permitted to be done remotely.
  • Please contact us to assist you.
  • NY Court Updates are here: https://www.nycourts.gov/index.shtml


Update 3/31/20:

Helpful links:


UPDATES 3/25/20:

Tompkins County Clerk:

We have received an administrative order in regards to civil cases – please see attached.  Unless it is an essential proceeding, we will not be processing any civil filings. NYSCEF will not allow any non-essential e-filings also.

As for real estate, please send your closing packets in the mail or e-record –  ONLY. We have had two court officers test positive and more are being tested. We will not be accepting any more closing packets at the front door.

The Governor also closed all DMVs until April 20th.

I am working a few hours a day in the office and can be reached there or by email.

If you want to start e-recording, we have heard that the companies are waiving the initial start up fee. Contact me and I can tell you what other firms have done.

Stay healthy!!!


Maureen Reynolds

Tompkins County Clerk

320 North Tioga Street

Ithaca, NY 14850


[email protected]

Free Public Access is available to our records using the links below:

https://countyfusion3.kofiletech.us/countyweb/login.do?countyname=Tompkins (login as guest)

https://lfweb.tompkins-co.org/WebLink/Browse.aspx?startid=1&dbid=12&cr=1  (click on County Clerk, then Public Weblink)



As you may be aware NYC is moving to all remote court appearances starting tomorrow.  I have been instructed to have our district prepared to go to all remote appearances as we expect an order that all court appearances will be “virtual” statewide by next week.  I am specifically handling the criminal piece of this.  I have created a skype channel/meeting that does not expire in every county that will serve as our “virtual courtroom.”  Attorneys, judges, and litigants may enter and exit this skype channel the same way they would enter and exit a courtroom.  To do so they will need either, skype for business on a windows 10 machine, or they may use the free skype for business web app on any windows 10 or 7 machine.  In addition they may utilize the free “skype for business” app available to any IOS (iphone) or android phone or tablet.

Following is the Link to this “meeting” which serves as our virtual courtroom for CRIMINAL matters in TOMPKINS COUNTY.   Please distribute this information to anyone with criminal practices.

The mandate for Virtual Courtrooms only is expected to go State-wide by next week.

LINK:    Join Skype Meeting     This is for TOMPKINS County Criminal Virtual Court Only.

Trouble Joining:  Try Skype Web App

Help Link:     Help



Update 3/23/20:

Empire State Development has issued the following guidance:

“Law firms and other providers of legal services are essential businesses only to the extent that their services are currently needed to support the essential functions of health care providers, utilities, state and local governments, the federal government, financial institutions, businesses that have been designated as essential; or to support criminal defendants in court proceedings or individuals in emergency family court proceedings; or to participate in proceedings concerning the imminent release or detention of individuals subject to criminal or civil detention under any applicable provision of state or federal law, or proceedings to address emergency risks to health, safety, or welfare.”



The Governor has ordered that notarial acts required under state law are authorized to be performed via video technology. Stipulations include the following:
  • If not known to the notary, the person seeking notary services must present a valid photo ID during the video conference.
  • The video conference must allow for direct interaction.
  • Pre-recorded videos of signatures are not permitted.
  • People seeking notary services must affirmatively represent they are physically situated in the State of New York.
  • The person seeking notary services must transmit by electronic means a legible copy of the signed document, which the notary may notarize and transmit back to the person.
  • The notary may repeat the notarization of the original signed document as of the date of execution within thirty days.


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