Advice On Filing For Unemployment Benefits: Document Everything And Be Persistent

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Advice On Filing For Unemployment Benefits: Document Everything And Be Persistent

March 26, 2020 | Yuki Noguchi | National Public Radio (NPR)
A record 3.3 million people filed for initial unemployment benefits last week, with millions more anticipated in coming weeks. All this has put a huge strain on state employment agencies, so experts say persistence is key to getting those benefits. In this story, legal aid attorneys give recommendations for what recently laid-off workers should do to navigate the unemployment benefits system.
Tags: CoronaVirus | COVID-19 | Unemployment Insurance

Richmond Judge Halts Evictions

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Richmond Judge Halts Evictions

March 23, 2020 | Jasmine Turner | NBC 12 On Your Side (Richmond, VA)
"What people need to know is they don't have to move. Based on what the judge ruled today, they don't have to move. I think that is the key message we need to get out," said Central Virginia Legal Aid Society Litigation Director Marty Wegbreit on March 23rd after he successfully persuaded a judge to grant the Richmond sheriff authority to not carry out evictions during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Tags: CoronaVirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction

As COVID-19 Layoffs Increase Demand for Legal Aid, Providers Expect Precipitous Funding Drop

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As COVID-19 Layoffs Increase Demand for Legal Aid, Providers Expect Precipitous Funding Drop

March 25, 2020 | Angela Morris | Texas Lawbook , Law.com
Civil legal-aid providers across the country are expecting a flood of Americans to begin qualifying for legal aid because of mass layoffs arising from COVID-19 government shutdowns. Some will face serious legal issues, yet as the demand for legal aid increases, the bottom just dropped out of the legal-aid budget. When the federal government cut interest rates to spur the economy, that also zeroed out the interest rate for Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts, which is the traditional funding source for legal-aid providers.
Tags: Funding: Federal | Funding: IOLTA

Under Pressure: Legal Aid Attys Brace For Virus’s Impacts

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Under Pressure: Legal Aid Attys Brace For Virus’s Impacts

March 15, 2020 | Emma Cueto | Law360
As the entire legal industry continues reacting to the spread of COVID-19, the legal aid community is bracing for its expected impact on their services for underserved communities. And in some parts of the country, providers are already weathering the effects. This article looks at how some providers across the country are preparing.
Tags: CoronaVirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction