A coalition of volunteer lawyers has teamed up to help Angelenos with their legal problems during the novel corona virus, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday.
According to Garcetti, large law firms, chambers of law, and legal aid organizations will help Los Angeles residents "free from the difficulties posed by COVID-19" free of charge.
Tenants who have problems with their living conditions, victims of domestic violence and low-income people who are dealing with debts, bankruptcy and employment problems could seek help under the program, Garcetti said
"These are complex situations and we don't always understand the law," he said. "Those of us who are not lawyers and have a lawyer and a lawyer at your side can make the difference between a positive and a negative result."
The mayor said he was working with prosecutor Mike Feuer on these efforts.
"Our message is clear: if you have any problems, we are there for you," said Feuer in a statement. "The legal community in Los Angeles is full of experienced, committed lawyers who strive to make a difference for those in need."
The program also establishes a "support system" for small businesses affected by the pandemic. The Bet Tzedek Legal Services legal team is leading the effort, Garcetti added.
These companies can get legal advice from the team on how to "comply with new job rules", renegotiate commercial leases, comply with health and safety regulations, and apply for government loans, he said.
"This is absolutely essential for small businesses to get back on their feet," said Garcetti. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. They are the mainstay of our main streets. "
As of Friday evening, the LA Representates website provides contact information for various legal aid groups, divided into different categories, that help Angelenos get help with landlord, security, employment, and debt issues.
The legal aid organizations listed are the Legal Aid Foundation in Los Angeles, the Inner City Law Center, the Public Counsel, the Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the Neighborhood Legal Services and the Bet Tzedek Legal Services.
Major law firms participating in the initiative include Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Latham & Watkins LLP; Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, O & # 39; Melveny & Myers LLP; Paul Hastings LLP; and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.