Erin Riker, Esq.
Coordinator, CELJ Legal Advice Helpline

This blog entry contains information about changes in laws, emergency declarations, and other government actions that affect your life in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.  This is a rapidly developing situation, so this article will be updated regularly as conditions change.  This entry is current as of 3:00pm on May 22, 2020.  This article is for general informational purposes only, is not meant to create an attorney client relationship, and should not be construed as specific legal advice.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY?

WHAT IS IN THE NEW FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE (CARES ACT)?

MY CHILD’S SCHOOL IS CLOSED, AND THEY RECEIVE FREE/REDUCED PRICE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH. HOW WILL THEY BE ABLE TO ACCESS THESE MEALS?

WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE, AND HOW ARE BUSINESSES DEEMED ESSENTIAL?

CAN I GET IN TROUBLE FOR VIOLATING NY PAUSE?

I’M EMPLOYED BY AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS.  DO I NEED TO COME TO WORK?

ARE THE COURTS CONTINUING TO FUNCTION?

WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET SICK, OR IF MY FAMILY MEMBER GETS SICK?

I’M IN RECOVERY FROM ADDICTION, BUT SOCIAL DISTANCING MEANS I CAN’T GO TO MEETINGS.  WHAT CAN I DO?
CAN I VISIT MY LOVED ONES IN THE HOSPITAL, OR GO FORWARD WITH MY ELECTIVE SURGERY?

WHAT CAN I DO IF MY LOVED ONE IS IN A NURSING HOME?

WHAT CAN I DO IF MY LOVED ONE IS IN PRISON OR JAIL?

WHAT IF I LOSE MY JOB?

WHAT IF I HAVE TROUBLE PAYING MY BILLS?

WHAT IF I HAVE TROUBLE PAYING FOR MY INSULIN OR OTHER PRESCRIPTIONS?

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I CAN’T PAY MY STUDENT LOANS?

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I CAN’T FILE OR PAY MY TAXES? 

WHAT IF I HAVE A PENDING CASE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES OR NEED ASSISTANCE WITH SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS?

WHAT IF I RECEIVE MEALS ON WHEELS OR MEALS THROUGH A SENIOR CONGREGATE MEAL SITE?

WHAT ARE THE STATUSES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES?

HOW DO I GET A MARRIAGE LICENSE, AND WHAT DO I DO IF MINE IS ABOUT TO EXPIRE?

IS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION STILL AVAILABLE?

WHAT IS “MATILDA’S LAW?”  HOW CAN SENIORS COPE WITH SOCIAL ISOLATION?

WHAT STORES ARE OFFERING SPECIAL HOURS FOR SENIORS OR DELIVERY SERVICES?

HOW DO I REPORT PRICE GOUGING FOR ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES?

I’M A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, FIRST RESPONDER, OR OTHER ESSENTIAL WORKER.  HOW CAN I FIND CHILD CARE SO I CAN GO TO WORK?

HOW IS COVID-19 AFFECTING UPCOMING ELECTIONS?

HOW CAN I GET A COVID-19 TEST?

HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF FROM COVID-19 RELATED SCAMS?

WHAT IS NEW YORK’S PLAN FOR REOPENING?

WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

Call us!  The Center for Elder Law and Justice operates a Legal Advice Helpline to answer your legal questions, and provide referrals to services when you need more in-depth information.  Although the Helpline normally serves people aged 60 and over, during the COVID-19 outbreak the Helpline will accept phone calls from individuals regardless of age.  Helpline calls are free of charge!

The Helpline is staffed by attorneys Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 11:00am to take live calls.  You can also call outside of these hours and leave a voicemail to get a callback from an attorney, or send an email to Helpline@elderjusticeny.org.  Please leave a working phone number at which you can be reached so that an attorney can contact you.  To contact the Helpline attorneys by phone, please call toll-free 1-844-481-0973.

2 Comments

  1. Jeredith on May 1, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    How soon, or long, does it take between receiving Bank Account Confirmation letter that COVID Stimulus payment will be direct deposited to my Checking account and seeing the deposit in my personal checking account?
    I gave all requested information by 4/28.

  2. Jeredith Lindstrom on May 1, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Jeredith

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