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Coronavirus COVID-19 News
Last updated 5/25/2020
Coronavirus Outbreak - What you Need to Know
We remain open and available to assist our clients with their legal needs during the coronavirus pandemic. My staff and I are working remotely from home Monday through Thursday but we are in the office on Fridays with limited in-office appointments available. We continue to file cases and handle hearings, all remotely. All courts remain open for filing new cases and pleadings. We have video conferencing capabilities for remote consultations with clients and for depositions and settlement conferences. Call or email us with your questions and concerns.
As of this update all 50 states have begun some version of re-opening. We will continue to monitor this social experiment and will remain available to help our clients navigate their legal issues. We now anticipate that most of the social distancing and safety precautions will remain in effect for some time. We will be watching the results of efforts to re-open in Florida in order to better advise our clients. We note that Expedia's senior executive, Barry Diller, who has carefully examined the economic situation in the country, believes that Labor Day is a more realistic date for things to begin to return to something close to normal. Our goal is to help our clients get through until then.
A Few Promising Developments
On Monday biotech company Moderna announced that "positive” data was collected from an early-stage human trial of a coronavirus vaccine. However, two vaccine experts noted that Moderna has yet to publish its studies in scientific journals, and pointed out that the company disclosed results from only eight of the 45 subjects, meaning the majority of the outcomes remains unknown.
People who recover from COVID-19 but test positive for the virus again days or weeks later are not shedding viral particles and are not infectious, according to data released Tuesday by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The so-called “re-positive” cases have raised fears that an infection with the new coronavirus could “reactivate” in recovered patients or that recovering from the infection may fail to produce even short-lived immunity, allowing patients to immediately become re-infected if they are exposed. The new data from Korea should ease those concerns.
Daily carbon emissions have plummeted since Covid-19 lockdowns took effect—backing up earlier predictions that the pandemic could lead to the largest decline since World War II.
The Legal Implications and Solutions.
As businesses worldwide navigate the challenges brought on by the rapid spread of coronavirus, it is now more essential than ever that individuals and businesses be ready with solutions to address problems as they arise. We are available to help you navigate these complex issues. We are available to help you deal with credit issues, legal disputes, employee concerns, and, if needed, bankruptcy protection. The CARES Act has expanded bankruptcy options for individuals and small businesses. See below. We can also help negotiate with creditors and debtors and if needed, negotiate and draft a Standstill / Tolling Agreement.
State and Local Restrictions
Broward County is cautiously reopening. Visit the COVID-19 website for latest updates. https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Pages/Updates.aspx?=Releases.
The City of Fort Lauderdale launched Phase 1 of its reopening on May 18th, which included the partial openings of restaurants; retail stores; personal services including hair and nail salons and barbershops; recreational amenities at housing developments and condominiums; community pools and private club pools; museums; and commercial gyms. As a condition of the reopening, businesses are required to adhere to strict operating, cleaning, safety, and personal hygiene guidelines for employees and customers, along with limitations on occupancy and regulations on social distancing. The current phase of the City’s reopening does not include bars, large venues, hotels or beaches. For more details about guidelines, regulations, and requirements that specific types of businesses must follow, visit bit.ly/ftlopening.
The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Florida continued to push past 50,000 as people returned to reopened beaches, restaurants and retailers over Memorial Day weekend.
And over half of the cases — 28,743 — have been confirmed in South Florida, the state reported Sunday.
Local Business Closure Information
Here is a list of restaurants open for takeout or delivery in Plantation. https://mailchi.mp/plantationchamber/coronavirus-covid-481723?e=3fce814efb.
Note: The Broward Sheriff's Office has suspended all evictions. Broward courts are closed to the public through April 17th. Jury duty is also suspended. https://www.browardclerk.org/GeneralInformation/Miscellaneous#CoronavirusUpdates
Questions related to COVID-19 can be directed to 954-357-9500, or by emailing COVIDemail@example.com. Broward residents concerned they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call the same number before traveling to any health care facility..
The CARES Act
A two trillion dollar financial assistance bill passed the Senate and House and was signed into law. We will continue to follow the relief bills proposed in Congress and will report as information becomes available. Most adults will get $1,200, although some would get less. For every qualifying child age 16 or under, the payment will be an additional $500. Most people who are receiving Social Security retirement and disability payments each month will also get a stimulus payment. During the week of April 13, the I.R.S. intends to release an online tool that will allow you to track the status of your payment. The Act also expands unemployment benefits. For more information see https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-stimulus-package-questions-answers.html.
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Where to Get Help
For information on Federal financial assistance go to https://www.usa.gov/disaster-financial-help.
To get the most updated information about coronavirus in Florida go to the Florida Department of Health website at floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19. Or call the Florida COVID-19 call center at 866-779-6121 or email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
We helped our clients weather the financial crisis of 2007 - 2008 and we are here for you now. Bankruptcy protection is available for those individuals and businesses impacted severely by the pandemic. A Chapter 7 liquidation proceeding is available to individuals, partnerships, and corporations. For individuals filing Chapter 7, most debts, including some tax obligations, are discharged.
A Chapter 13 bankruptcy, or "wage earner reorganization" is available only to individuals with regular income. It requires that the debtor file a plan providing for payment to creditors over a period of up to five years, but the Care Act has temporaily extended that period to seven years. The benefits of a Chapter 13 include the ability to reinstate a home mortgage that is in default, stop IRS collection efforts while payments are made, the ability to retain non-exempt real estate and personal assets, and a broader form of discharge.
A Chapter 11 reorganization is available to individuals and businesses. Due to the higher court fees, reporting requirements and legal fees involved in a Chapter 11, it is only used by individuals with combined debts of over $1,000,000.00. However, it may provide individuals and businesses with an opportunity to reorganize their debts and make arrangements to pay all or a portion of the debts, or sell the business, while obtaining protection from creditors. A small business Chapter 11 is now also available.
We can give you the information you need to know about filing bankruptcy. We have been representing individuals and businesses in bankruptcy matters for over 30 years. Please call us with your questions at 954-356-0450 or email us.
The Federal Courts remain open for bankruptcy filings. Meetings of creditors are now conducted by phone. Hearings continue to take place by telephone.
We will update this page regularly to keep our clients informed.
Law Offices of David W. Langley
8551 W. Sunrise Blvd.., Suite 303
Plantation, FL 33322
Phone: (954) 356-0450
Fax: (954) 356-0451
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