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Access to Justice Is Not a Luxury Affordable Only in Good Times

4.6.2020
Jonathan Lippman, former Chief Judge of New York, joined David Miranda to talk about the partnership between New York State Bar Association and the court system to build a pro bono network of lawyers in response to COVID-19. Listen here. Continue reading >

Rent and Mortgage Payment Concerns During COVID-19

4.6.2020
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid representatives say residents are already feeling the financial impact. They are receiving calls around the clock for legal assistance. Attorneys are advising everyone to prepare for the month of May because although eviction hearings... Continue reading >

Tenants Remain Vulnerable to Predatory Landlords

4.6.2020
A tenant getting tased and forcefully removed. Landlords changing card readers and locking people out of their apartments. A coronavirus patient sitting in her room, terrified of being thrown out because property managers will not let her come into the office to pay. These are just some of the... Continue reading >

Legal Aid Offices Operating Remotely in the Age of COVID-19

4.3.2020
Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, legal aid agencies responded to disasters by getting out into the community and holding clinics for people who need legal help to advise them about their rights, available programs and benefits. According to Monica Vigues-Pitan, executive director of Legal... Continue reading >

Online Unemployment Benefits Systems Buckle Under New Applicant Wave

4.3.2020
As unemployment claims hit unprecedented levels, digital systems meant to provide benefits to workers are showing signs of strain. In states like Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Michigan and Hawaii, the online benefits systems have buckled under the surge of new applicants. Access to systems... Continue reading >

Land of Lincoln Legal Aid Staff Continue to Serve Clients

4.3.2020
Although courthouses have closed in Illinois, Land of Lincoln Legal Aid, a legal aid provider serving central and southern Illinois, continues to help low-income individuals who need civil legal assistance during the coronavirus outbreak. Read more. Continue reading >

Iowa Legal Aid Offers Advice to Tenants

4.3.2020
While most evictions in Iowa are being postponed, Iowa Legal Aid litigation director Alex Kornya says tenants should still pay their rent or work out an agreement with their landlord. “Landlords cannot terminate someone’s lease if they don’t pay rent. This doesn’t mean that rent does not continue... Continue reading >

Atlanta Legal Aid Produces Video with Guidance for Tenants

4.3.2020
Atlanta Legal Aid has put out a video explaining that the new Federal CARES Act stops some landlords from filing evictions through July 25. Landlords covered under this law cannot file for eviction if the tenant does not pay his or her rent during this time and cannot charge any fees. However, the... Continue reading >

3 Ways Lawyers Can Help Legal Services of Greater Miami Right Now

4.3.2020
Legal Services of Greater Miami executive director Monica Vigues-Pitan wants the community to know the nonprofit is still open for business as unemployment claims soar across the state. Vigues-Pitan also gives lawyers three ways they can help Legal Services of Greater Miami: Help agencies educate... Continue reading >

Tough Choices Amid COVID-19: Economic Turmoil and Rent Coming Due

4.3.2020
Despite Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ two-month moratorium on evictions, thousands of Wisconsin residents hit by the COVID-19 public health crisis face a difficult decision about how — or whether — to make rent payments on Wednesday, the first start of a month since the respiratory disease was... Continue reading >

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