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Alaska Attorney General Explains How the State is Helping Domestic Violence Survivors Amid COVID-19

5.19.2020
Domestic violence does not go away during a pandemic, rates may even be exacerbated. But, throughout the COVID emergency shut-downs, help for domestic violence victims is but a phone call or a text away. As Attorney General, I have also jump-started the Department of Law’s pro bono program that... Continue reading >

Delays for Injured Spouses' Checks Compound Virus Woes

5.19.2020
Past-due child support is the only reason the Internal Revenue Service can offset the economic impact payments that Congress approved in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. In some cases, however, the IRS has garnished payments that should have gone to so-called injured spouses... Continue reading >

Low-Income People Face Hazards to Access Crisis Relief

5.19.2020
Many Americans are being sustained a CARES Act benefit for the vulnerable: the enhanced unemployment, which was expanded to cover traditionally ineligible laid-off and even part-time workers and supplemented with an extra $600 a week. There’s been a lot of grumbling about this from conservatives... Continue reading >

Need for Legal Aid Services Rises as Funding Drops

5.19.2020
Legal Services Corporation President Ronald S. Flagg said COVID-19 hit legal aid programs and their clients with a "triple whammy" of shifting to remote work, growing requests for help, and shrinking funding. Legal aid programs are funded through a mix of sources, including the government,... Continue reading >

Maine Legal Aid Organizations Brace for Surge in Demand

5.19.2020
As the pandemic continues, civil legal aid organizations are bracing for a surge in demand that they expect will extend beyond the end of the public health crisis. More people will need legal advice on evictions, divorces, protection from abuse orders and other civil matters. Fewer people will be... Continue reading >

Evictions in Texas Can Move Forward Again

5.19.2020
The COVID-19 pandemic cost millions of people their jobs, which means paying rent in the last two months became nearly impossible. Housing advocates hoped Texas would change its mind, but last week the state supreme court ruled eviction proceedings can start moving forward again. On March 19,... Continue reading >

Renters Prepare for Tough Choices as Eviction Proceedings Resume in Texas

5.19.2020
The number of people who could be impacted by lifting the eviction moratoriums is not known because there’s no data available yet to understand who is covered by the patchwork of regulations existing in the state. Renters at risk of being evicted have to make a tough decision: either leave on their... Continue reading >

Albany-Based Legal Aid Society Expands Amid COVID-19

5.19.2020
The Legal Aid Society for Northeastern New York (LASNNY) launched an online assistance program Monday for potential clients in Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie counties dealing with the coronavirus pandemic that has taken nearly 90,000 lives in the United States and more than 28,000 statewide. The... Continue reading >

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Attorney Pens Op-Ed on COVID-19 Paid Leave Law

5.18.2020
As Texas reopens, most workers who cannot work remotely are understandably worried about their health and safety. Some do not know whether it’s better to stay home for the health of their families, or go back to work to keep their job and pay for necessities. While hardly perfect, new COVID-19... Continue reading >

Legal Experts Predict Spike in Personal Bankruptcies

5.18.2020
Bankruptcy attorneys say it’s not a question of if, but when an onslaught of personal bankruptcy filings will come. Consumer protection attorney Susan Ingles of South Carolina Legal Services said the scenario is similar to that of a natural disaster when unexpected bills mount and the ability to... Continue reading >

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