In response to the unprecedented challenges to the real estate development and financing community presented by COVID-19, Griffin Fletcher & Herndon LLP and RB Title Agency, LLC, are working to continue to provide our clients with the timely legal and title services you have come to expect from us. We are working both remotely and in the office to respect our employees' health and safety while at the same time providing seamless services to our clients.|
We have listed below some online resources related to COVID-19 that you may find helpful. We are in frequent contact with county offices and title insurance underwriters and continue to conduct closings and record documents in all the counties where our clients regularly do business. We encourage you to contact any of our lawyers with questions you may have as we all navigate this unprecedented challenge for our assistance with navigating the various closures and moratoria imposed in Ohio and Kentucky.
We will continue to update this list during the crisis.
Ohio maintains a COVID-19 Resource Center that includes statistics, links to COVID resources, and news releases and orders. The COVID-19 Dashboard displays the most recent data on the virus in the state. The Center also collects information on Economic Resources available for individuals and families.
All Public Health Orders related to the virus are available online. This includes the initial and amended stay-at-home orders, along with Executive Order 2020-08D, under which the governor requested a moratorium on commercial evictions and a 90-day forbearance in the payment of commercial mortgages. Please see our discussion of this order for more information.
The Ohio Development Services Agency Office of Small Business Relief maintains a page of resources for small businesses. The page includes a link to the application for Disaster Loan Assistance from the Small Business Administration and a list of wi-fi hotspot locations in Ohio.
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles has closed all title offices, but vehicle registrations can be renewed online.
Information on the rescheduled 2020 primary election is available from the Ohio Secretary of State.
The City of Cincinnati provides an updated list of impacted services here.
Hamilton County maintains a list of closures here. The Todd B. Portune Center for County Government is closed to the public, but the County continues to operate its essential functions.
The Hamilton County Auditor, Engineer, and Recorder are all closed to the public but continue to accept e-recordings and filings by mail or overnight.
The County Clerk of Courts accepts payments and filings online. Access to the Courthouse has been limited to those necessary to conduct critical court proceedings.
The Treasurer recommends making tax payments by mail or credit card or electronic check through Point & Pay, rather than in person. The next installment of Hamilton County real property taxes will be due on June 22, 2020.
Butler County maintains a COVID-19 dashboard here.
The County Auditor remains open but has reduced contact with the public.
The Recorder's office is closed to the public but is operating and allows e-recording and accepts documents by mail or drop off.
The County Treasurer's office is closed to the public. Payments may be made by mail or online.
The Clerk of Courts has closed some offices and changed its hours. E-filing is available.
Clermont County maintains a COVID-19 dashboard here and a list of affected services here.
The Auditor's, Engineer's, and Recorder's offices are all closed to the public but operating remotely and with limited on-site staff. Staff are available by e-mail and phone, and e-recording is available.
The Treasurer's office is also closed to the public. Payments can be mailed, dropped in the drop box located by the front door of the Administration Building, or made by phone (800-272-9829) or electronically.
Warren County provides COVID-19 information on its web site, along with a chart listing state and county resources. The County asks all visitors to call the appropriate department prior to entering County buildings.
The Auditor, Treasurer, Recorder, and Map Room have closed their lobbies to the general public, but the offices are staffed and operating. The Recorder also accepts documents by electronic recording.
Real estate tax payments can be made online by credit card or electronic check or mailed to the Treasurer's Office.