Your Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In a time of great uncertainty due to the widespread COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to know which rights and what information is available to you in order to help you maintain personal socioeconomic stability. This guide will briefly cover many of the items we believe you should be most aware of. For the most up-to-date information please visit https://www.louisiana.gov/. Our list includes the following:
• Gov. Edwards has issued a “stay-at-home” order. All “nonessential” businesses are to close.
• Evictions have been suspended. While rent is still owed, the eviction process cannot begin.
• Government-backed mortgage loans are suspended. Government-backed servicers cannot begin foreclosure.
• Louisiana has suspended termination of utilities. Your bill is still owed but your service cannot be interrupted for failure to pay.
• Schools have closed, but many are still distributing meals
• Federal Income Tax payments for W-2 employees are delayed. Louisiana state tax filing deadline has been moved to July 15
The safest thing to do is to stay home to "flatten the curve". This is a financial hardship for many families and businesses but state and federal governments are continuing to explore ways to relieve that burden and increase your ability to remain safe. We are still available via telephone for your legal needs.