Philly lawyers offer free legal advice during coronavirus crisis

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia lawyers are offering free legal advice to people who may be struggling with issues due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is covering a wide range of topics — housing, unemployment, child custody — which many people are experiencing during this crisis.

Although Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf put evictions on hold through May, people are still dealing with housing issues, noted Hillary Ladov, chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

“Ultimately the rent is going to be due, and it's in our tenants’ and landlords’ best interests to have conversations about that now,” she noted.

Ladov said they want to help people through the process.

“We landed on these topics because we really do feel like they are the most pressing and important to people right now as we're moving through this global pandemic,” she said.

The sessions are free and take place over the phone, now through Thursday.

Business owners can call in with questions too: “They are looking at a lot of questions in respect to applying to loans under the CARES Act and best practices going forward,” she said.

The association will also give people insight into legal matters surrounding death and estate planning — a topic Ladov said more families are talking about in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

“People feel the need to solidify their end-of-life arrangements, whether pressing matters or something they are just being thoughtful about on a go-forward basis,” she said.

In addition to free legal advice, the association is also directing people to legal services and organizations throughout the city that can also help them with their issues.

“I truly hope that the people who call in will feel some sense of peace, and if they need to take further action, they have a game plan moving forward,” added Ladov.

Lawyers will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. by calling LegalLine at 215-238-6333. Each night will have featured legal topics:

Monday: Family Law

Tuesday: Housing

Wednesday: Employment and Business Counseling

Thursday: Wills and Estates