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City Bar Justice Center Pro Se Project: Open for Attorney Phone Appointments During COVID-19 Outbreak

by City Bar Justice Center Pro Se Project April 8, 2020

The City Bar Justice Center’s Pro Se Legal Assistance Project is continuing to conduct client intake and schedule phone appointments with attorneys to provide free, brief legal advice to pro se plaintiffs and defendants with cases in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn.

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Medical Bills

What You Should Know About Coronavirus Medical Coverage in NYC

by Vivienne Duncan and Alexa Tovar April 2, 2020

While testing is generally covered regardless of your insurance, if you test positive and need hospital care, you might still have to pay a share of the cost for coronavirus treatment depending on which insurance plan(s) you have.

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What You Should Do if a Family Member is Dying

by PELP StaffMarch 23, 2020

The anxiety stemming from the impending death of a family member after a struggle with a long-term illness or as a result of an unexpected illness such as COVID-19 makes focusing on routine financial matters that much harder and challenging. It is, however, just such circumstance that should motivate action in order to streamline and simplify what is required after death.

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Dealing With the Financial Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19): A Resource Guide for New York City Residents

by CBJC StaffMarch 18, 2020

With the spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19, communities are being financially impacted as many suffer loss of income as a result of becoming ill or due to the temporary closure of businesses. In these uncertain times, it is important to be proactive when faced with financial distress. Below are some tips and resources that New York City consumers, business owners, and homeowners will find helpful. These programs are changing quickly and additional relief may become available.  

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher Secures Asylum for Uyghur Student

by CBJC StaffMarch 11, 2020

Attorneys from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP recently helped to secure asylum for a young man from China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region. As a Muslim and a member of the Uyghur, a Turkic minority ethnic group, Hasan (whose name has been changed to protect his identity) faced severe religious restrictions, bigotry and discrimination.

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Individuals with Support Animals and Mental Illness May Lose Rights under Proposed Law Change

by Cat Itaya March 4, 2020

Early this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed changing the regulations that allow passengers with diagnosed mental illnesses to bring emotional support animals on board airplanes.

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