Trump DOES Sign Pandemic Relief Law

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Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash. Unexpectedly Trump did not sign the new pandemic relief law last week. Then after multiple objections, he unexpectedly signed it Sunday night. Late last weekend (on December 20) Congress announced it had a deal on a new pandemic relief law. That agreement was the topic of our blog post last week. Since our last … Read More

States’ Responses to $400/$300 Extended Unemployment Benefits

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Photo by NOAA on Unsplash. Different states have responded differently to the proposed $400/$300 federal extended unemployment benefits. How about Kentucky and Indiana? Last week we explained the President’s Memorandum of August 8 which extended reduced federal unemployment benefits. The $600 weekly benefit had expired on July 31. The House of Representatives had previously passed a bill extending the $600 … Read More

Trump’s $400 Unemployment Benefits

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Photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash. On August 8 Trump signed a Memorandum extending federal unemployment benefits, at $400 per week. Is this really happening? A Quick History of the Federal Unemployment Benefits The CARES Act’s $600 per week additional federal unemployment benefits expired on July 31, 2020. Section 2104 of the CARES Act.  Back in May the U.S. House … Read More

Bankruptcy Filings Poised to Increase

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Photo by Melinda Gimpel on Unsplash Consumer bankruptcy filings edged up in 2019, increased more this March, sharply declined in April, but are very likely to shoot up now. In the last two weeks three major retailers filed Chapter 11 business bankruptcy: J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, and J.C. Penny. Total business Chapter 11 reorganizations were up 26% in April 2020 … Read More

New 7-Year Amended Chapter 13 Plans

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Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash The new coronavirus law temporarily allows amend Chapter 13 plans to extend to a 7-year period instead of the current 5-year maximum.      Last month we described the changes to bankruptcy law made by the coronavirus CARES Act enacted on March 27, 2020. One of those changes is the ability to extend the length … Read More

Student Loan Payments Suspended

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The new COVID-19 law temporarily suspends most, but not all, federal student loan monthly payments, accruing interest, and debt collections.      The 880-page Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES”) has 4 pages of help for certain student loan borrowers. Section 3513 of CARES. It provides meaningful albeit temporary help, for those who qualify by having the right kind … Read More

Coronavirus Law Changes to Consumer Bankruptcy

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New $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief law makes modest but potentially important temporary changes to both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 law.   If you’re thinking about filing a Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” case, the new CARES law may help, at least slightly. If instead you’re thinking about a Chapter 13 “adjustment of debts” case, the new law helps in more … Read More

New Greatly Enhanced Unemployment Benefits

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A series of new very beneficial unemployment benefits are coming from the massive coronavirus relief law—much more money for many more people.      Our blog post last week was about the emergency $1,200 Economic Impact Payment that’s “rapidly” coming to most American adults. (Plus $500 for each qualifying dependent child.) For updates on this payment since then, see the … Read More

U.S. Treasury Sending $1,200 Relief Payments

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The U.S. Treasury is sending money to most adults “as rapidly as possible,” $1,200 if you make less than $75,000, plus $500 per dependent.   On Friday (March 27) Congress passed and the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. It’s also called the CARES Act, better known as the massive $2.2 trillion pandemic relief … Read More