The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a number of challenges for law offices. Some have seen a decline in commercial litigation cases, while others have seen a sharp increase in lawsuits over restaurant closures and business restrictions. Others have found it difficult to maintain a working relationship with their clients when they can’t meet face-to-face. Overall, the pandemic has forced many law offices to rethink the ways that they do business.
More Video Calls and Fewer In-Person Visits
To maintain social distancing protocols, many law offices have started talking to their clients over the phone and through video conferences instead of meeting in-person. Read More ›
While prenuptial agreements might not seem to be romantic, for many couples, they are an important part of the process of getting engaged and married. Although some may view prenuptial agreements as being the exact opposite of being in love, there’s no denying they can provide both parties with security and peace of mind before tying the knot.
Marriage Is an Evolution
Most marriages do not remain static—they change and evolve. Having a prenuptial agreement in place creates a bedrock foundation that both parties involved understand and agree to. Read More ›
Though the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put a temporary halt to residential evictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many tenants in Texas are still receiving notices to vacate their homes due to loopholes in the Federal Register Notice.
The federal ban only applies to the nonpayment of rent, leaving renters at the whim of their landlords for other lease violations. Moreover, to qualify for the federal eviction ban, renters may earn no more than $99,000 per year and must be able to pay off as much of their rent as possible. Read More ›
With the holiday season coming to an end, many businesses are recovering from celebrations. However, some businesses go through a period of layoffs during—or following—the holiday season, which can create a negative experience for employees. Learn more about the impact of layoffs, as well as some potential alternatives, below.
How Layoffs Impact a Business
Layoffs typically occur when a business no longer has enough work to support the number of employees on the payroll—including if the business is closing, experiencing a significant decline in workload, or if the employee’s current position is being eliminated. Read More ›
It’s easy to see why the work-from-home model took off during the pandemic, but some wonder if it’s here to stay. If it is, then how would a business decide which employers can come back and which should stay home when things settle down? These are questions that many businesses are asking themselves.
Will it Remain?
One study suggests that remote working is here to stay. It seems that up to 16% of the workforce working from home may stay there—it’s just a matter of figuring out who! Read More ›
As the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are beginning to be administered, many employers are considering requiring their employees to receive the vaccination. While current guidelines indicate that employers can mandate employee vaccination (subject to religious and medical exemptions), some may face strong pressure for and against the implementation of such a mandate.
Here are some considerations for employers who may want to pursue a mandatory or voluntary vaccination program.
Why Require Vaccination?
It’s simple: to protect workers’ health and safety. Read More ›
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on businesses worldwide. From large corporations to mom-and-pop corner stores; from offices to retail and restaurants—every business has had to alter their operations in some way. 93% of business owners predicted that the pandemic would negatively impact their business in some way.
According to Yelp’s Local Economic Impact Report, over 97,000 businesses have closed permanently due to the impact of COVID-19. Unemployment rates continue to be on the rise, and the Texas government has incorporated several measures to improve the availability of unemployment benefits. Read More ›
President Biden came into office on January 21st, promising some drastic changes that are designed to help America succeed. Since Biden came into office, he’s made it clear that his top priority is helping Americans get back on their feet after the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of that plan includes passing a $1.9 trillion relief program. So, what does that mean for you and your business?
Is There a Third Stimulus Check?
The hope is that this new relief package will give another $1400 stimulus payment to American individuals, which could be a huge boost to the economy. Read More ›
In March 2020, businesses worldwide closed their doors to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some suppliers struggled to fulfill orders, while some buyers suddenly found themselves with more products than they could reasonably sell due to reduced customer traffic. Tenants struggled to pay rent, while landlords struggled to pay their mortgages.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on our economy. Read on to learn more about the effects of COVID-19 on commercial contracts, and how it has shaped them for the future. Read More ›
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many families struggling to make their financial ends meet. According to CoreLogic, 7.3% of mortgages in the US were in some form of delinquency in May 2020—the highest rate since August 2014. Delinquency rates have increased in every state across the US. Severely delinquent mortgages (90+ days past due) may be at risk of foreclosure.
The Pre-Foreclosure Process
Before a foreclosed property can be sold, the borrower must be properly notified in accordance with the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA; 15 U.S.C. Read More ›