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The law and your legal rights during the coronavirus outbreak

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is disrupting almost every part of life in the U.S. In addition to fears for your health and loved ones, you may have critical questions about your rights for paid sick leave, medical leave, unemployment insurance, workers' compensation, disability benefits, and a variety of other legal concerns. Avvo has provided you with the resources and information on emergency orders, government policies, and laws that have been enacted in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a disease that can cause respiratory tract infection. It can affect your sinuses, nose, throat windpipe, and lungs).

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State of emergencies are rising as states witness cases increasing without medical supplies increasing in response. See what lawmakers are doing to ensure state government can take care of their own.

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How could coronavirus (COVID-19) impact your legal case?

Emergency powers

Emergency powers apply during the state of emergency. While some civil liberties may be limited during a time of crisis, they are not all gone. The law allows the government more privileges to implement new measures to preserve public health and avoid catastrophe, but checks and balances remain. Governments' use of emergency powers is subject to judicial review and public opinion.

Affected practice areas

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting a range of practice areas including bankruptcy and debt, business and taxes, criminal defense, eviction and landlord-tenant law, family law, employment law, foreclosures, immigration, real estate and more.

Bankruptcy and debt

Each government mandate brings sweeping changes that affect each households' financial stability. Planning for both best-case and worst-case scenarios will help you make sound financial decisions for you and your family.
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Business and taxes

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is wreaking havoc on just about every aspect of peoples' lives, including work, business operations, personal finances, and more. See updates on government responses to the COVID-19 crisis, like the IRS extending income tax payment deadlines,and general information to help you through this crisis. Whether you own a business, are an independent contractor, or have general questions or concerns on things like deducting stock losses, we will provide information and legal updates to help keep you informed.
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Criminal defense

The U.S. Constitution protects citizens' fundamental rights:-the right to travel, the right to due process, and the right to a fair trial, among others. However, the Constitution also grants government authority to revoke fundamental rights in order to maintain public safety and welfare. These emergency police powers, such as curfews and quarantines, and court closings impact your rights.
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Evictions and landlord-tenant law

The economic impact of COVID-19 has been extreme for so many tenants. Renters want to know what their rights are and whether any relief is available in light of the coronavirus. At the same time, many landlords face financial stress as well, and also need to know what their rights and options are.
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Family law

©The coronavirus is shaking up every aspect of American life, including family life. To reduce the spread of this virus, local and state governments are ordering businesses and schools to close, and asking people to stay home and practice social distancing. The social and economic impacts of this pandemic affect family law issues, such as divorce cases, custody arrangements, and support orders.
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For employees

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many businesses around the country have laid off workers or drastically reduced their hours. In addition, thousands of people have been forced to stop working-or to request extended leave-to perform childcare, to care for family members who have contracted coronavirus, or to deal with their own medical issues related to the disease.If your employment status has been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, you might qualify for unemployment benefits or a period of paid leave.
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For employers

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a major impact on every business and industry around the globe in expected and unexpected ways. Learn how to adapt to the current national crisis, manage your business, employees, and possible layoffs during the coronavirus outbreak.
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In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the federal government have imposed a foreclosure moratorium, a temporary halt to the initiation or continuation of foreclosure procedures, for specific kinds of loans and in particular areas of the country.If the coronavirus outbreak has impacted your ability to make mortgage payments, you might qualify short-term payment relief, like a forbearance or a waiver of late fees, or a more permanent solution, like a loan modification. Learn more about whether you're protected from foreclosure due to a moratorium, and how to apply for mortgage relief.
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Whether you're a citizen living abroad or a temporary visa-holder trying to enter the country, you'll want to keep track of any new restrictions and daily changes in U.S. government policies and procedures.
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Real estate

All markets are being affected by the pandemic, and real estate is no exception. Learn more about what to consider regarding buying, selling, or refinancing a home during this unstable time.
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