Sayler Legal is proud to announce that we will reopen on Monday June 1, 2020. We will be serving ALL types of legal documents (residence and business addresses) and our entire field staff in all departments will be operational. We will be monitoring “hot spots” in our tri-county territory and may choose not to enter those zones. We also will be utilizing social distancing practices in every department, so there may be some locations that cannot be accessed due to those limitations. If we encounter these types of entities/locations, we will promptly notify you so that other alternatives for order completion can be addressed.

Court service assignments will be completed based on the operating procedures of our local courts. From May 26 through May 29, 2020, we will be making one daily trip to each of our local courts: Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. Our cut-off time will be noon. The current statuses of our local courts are as follows:

Monterey Superior Court (this is an e-filing court) – All locations are still closed to the public in regards to obtaining copies from case files. The court is accepting courtesy copies and copy requests via the drop box. The court is 4-5 weeks behind in processing copy requests. More information can be found on the court’s website here: https://www.monterey.courts.ca.gov/

Santa Cruz Superior Court (this is an e-filing court) – All locations are open for limited service hours from 8:00 am to 10:30 am. The court is accepting copy requests but they are currently 6-8 weeks behind in processing requests. This court does not accept courtesy copies. The court has released a schedule for reopening which can be found here: Santa Cruz Reopening Schedule. More information can be found on the court’s website here: https://www.santacruzcourt.org/content/covid-19

San Benito Superior Court (this is not an e-filing court) – This court is closed to the public but is accepting filings and copy requests via drop box. The filing windows will remain closed until June 15, 2020. More information can be found on the court’s website here: http://www.sanbenito.courts.ca.gov/covid19.shtml

County Recorders Offices in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties are closed to the public. Walk-ins will not be accepted and documents should be mailed or e-filed depending on the location.

Monterey County Tenancy Notice: Monterey County Weekly reports the Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to extend the eviction moratorium from May 31 to July 31, 2020.  It does not relieve renters from the obligation of rent, but rather temporarily prohibits evictions related to the pandemic. The Monterey County Superior Court has adopted emergency rules pertaining to the pandemic, which includes the requirement that courts decline to issue summonses for both evictions and foreclosures until 90 days after the end of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s state of emergency that was declared on March 4th. That means as an alternative, the Board could decline to extend the ordinance in July and rely solely on the judicial order for renter protection.

As a veteran once said, “It isn’t quite right to say, ‘Happy Memorial Day.’”
We honor those soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen by enjoying this life and honoring their memory.
Please note that our office will be closed this Monday, May 25th, so we may remember those who went before us.