Eric Garcetti and Mike Feuer Announced Legal Aid for Vulnerable Tenants, Victims of Domestic Violence, and Low-Income People with Employment, Debt, and Bankruptcy Problems
Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city attorney Mike Feuer today announced the launch of "THE. Representatives ”, an unprecedented pro bono legal aid initiative, to provide Free legal services to Los Angeles residents facing difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The coalition of law firms, bar associations, and legal aid organizations has agreed to enhance its existing pro bono commitments to provide legal services related to COVID-19, including assists vulnerable tenants, victims of domestic violence and low-income Angelenos who are unemployed, face debt and bankruptcy.
Further, "THE. Representatives ” will have a new support system for small businesses devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, supervised by volunteers and advocates of Bet Tzedek Legal Services.
Small businesses now less likely to have access to effective legal services can receive pro bono assistance As they face new regulations in the workplace, they renegotiate business leases, apply for government aid programs, and comply with emergency health and safety orders.
The Mayor and Attorney for the City of Los Angeles have assembled a coalition of partners including the Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation, the Downtown City Law Center, the Public Advisor, the Asian American Advanced Justice and Neighborhood Legal Services, in addition to Bet Tzedek Legal Services.
"These are complex situations, and not all of us understand the law, those of us who are not lawyers," said the mayor. "Having a lawyer and an advocate by your side can make the difference between a positive and a negative result."
Garcetti said that Free legal aid will be available to residents regardless of their citizenship or immigration status.
"There are no qualifications. You just need to have a problem that you need help with… no fear, no discrimination, ”said Garcetti. "This is universal."
"Our message is clear: If you are fighting, we are here to help you," Feuer said in a statement. “The Los Angeles legal community is full of experienced and dedicated attorneys, eager to make a difference for those in need. This crisis has taken a huge price in our city, but it has also brought out the best in us. Los Angeles attorneys and law firms will be heroes to their new clients. All Angelenos can be very proud of them. "
Angelenos in need of assistance and legal professionals interested in joining the association can find detailed information at https://corona-virus.la/LARepresents
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