It is even more important than usual during Coronavirus days to keep in touch with your lawyer — even if all businesses in your area are closed. Sure, it is always important for all kinds of mundane reasons, like a change of address; but now those worries that are keeping you awake at night? Call or email your lawyer. You never know what tricks your lawyer may have stuck up a sleeve, and even if all businesses are closed, lawyers are pretty good about keeping an eye on email. You might also call the office number. It might be answered, and it might have a recording giving you information on how to get in touch.
First of all, your lawyer should be keeping a close eye on the various Coronavirus relief bills passing through Congress. Second, your lawyer should have copies of the actual administrative orders from your Mayor or your Governor closing businesses, etc. Your lawyer can tell you if they apply to you and how they are or can be enforced. Your lawyer should also have a feel for employment law issues that may be effecting you, whether you are being told to work or not to work.
A bankruptcy lawyer can also help you with deciding which bills to pay and which not to when money gets really tight.
If you are in a bankruptcy, your lawyer can help you with issues like the reach of the automatic stay and the discharge injunction — that includes helping you shut down the phone calls if some creditor decides bankruptcy doesn’t really apply to them. If you are in a Chapter 13 plan your lawyer can explain to you what remedies are available to you if you can’t make your plan payments or you need to change your plan terms.
Your lawyer can also explain to you what court activity is ongoing in your area — are Sheriff’s sales still being held, are foreclosure cases being filed and heard, what about garnishments and collection cases?
Do not just sit at home and make yourself sick with worry. Lawyers are trained problem solvers. Sure, we can’t solve all of them, but we can try.