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Last updated 3/27/2020

Coronavirus Outbreak - The Legal Implications and Solutions.  

We remain open and available to assist our clients with their legal needs. We have video conferencing capabilities for remote consultations. Call or email us with your questions and concerns.

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. This global pandemic has presented major disruptions for businesses throughout our state and country. It has had direct commercial impacts on specific sectors, with closings of bars and restaurants, interruptions to supply chains of manufacturers, challenges in meeting contractual obligations and implications under funding arrangements. We are available to help you navigate these complex issues.

Local Business Closure Information

Broward County has ordered all non-essential businesses to close as of Monday, March 23rd, except as neccesary to maintain minimum basic operations. See https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/BerthaHenryExecutiveOrder20-01.pdf.

All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 persons are prohibited. All Fort Lauderdale City parks, including recreational facilities, are closed. All public beaches in the City of Fort Lauderdale, from the Atlantic Ocean to the easternmost sidewalk of A 1A or to any right-of-way or property line abutting the beach, and from Oakland Park Boulevard south to Harbor Drive, as more specifically defined in Section 8-52, Code of Ordinances, City of Fort Lauderdale remain closed. See the latest at https://www.broward.org/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx.

Here is a list of restaurants open for takeout or deliveri 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

Miami Dade ordered Business Closures as of March 19- most non-essential businesses are closed to the public. Restaurants can continue with take-out and deliveries. Beaches and parks are closed. Retail businesses that sell over the Internet and ship items are exempt. See more at http://www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/home.page.

On Friday, the governor announced more executive orders intended to help stop the spread of the virus. One directive limits all restaurants across the state to take-out and delivery service, expanding upon an order that closed bars and limited capacity and eateries. For a current list of restaurants open for delivery go to https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/fl-et-coronavirus-restaurant-directory-20200317-553obiidi5bxdohwyh5dsv74i4-story.html.

State school officials said public schools would remain closed until April 15.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

We are following the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed Wednesday night by the president. It requires small businesses to pay certain employees paid leave and fewer employees paid family leave. What is not clear is how closed businesses will be able to pay their employees.

A two trillion dollar financial assistance bill has passed the Senate and will be voted on today in the House. We will continue to follow the relief bills proposed in Congress and will report as information becomes available.

Where to Get Help

For information on Federal financial assistance go to https://www.usa.gov/disaster-financial-help.

and https://www.benefits.gov/help/faq/Coronavirus-resources.

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 COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

To get the most updated information about the virus in the United States go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

Bankruptcy Protection

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. 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.

Supreme Court The Federal Courts remain open for bankruptcy filings. Meetings of creditors have been suspended temporarily. Hearings continue to take place by telephone.

We will update this page regularly to keep our clients informed.


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Plantation, FL 33322

Phone: (954) 356-0450

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E-Mail: dave@flalawyer.com

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