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With the spread of the novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic to Maryland and the US, Curtis Cooper has experience in many legal fields where there is an emerging need.
One area of tremendous importance is the federal CARES Act enacted on March 27, 2020. This legislation has huge implications for small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus. It provides financing to help keep them afloat and thrive into the future. This benefits employees, owners, and creditors alike, not to mention customers and our broader society. Two of the primary mechanisms for financing small businesses under the CARES Act are expanded Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and the new Payroll Protection Program (PPP). The PPP can provide tax free grants to small businesses that apply and meet certain basic criteria over an eight week period, and low interest loans for longer periods and wider conditions. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been allocated by the CARES Act for EIDL and PPP, to be administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The Law Office of Curtis Cooper is assisting small businesses, from sole proprietors to larger concerns of up to 500 employees, to understand their rights under the CARES Act and to apply for financing in smart, beneficial ways, that meet the SBA's standards for approval. Contact his office to find out more about how Curtis Cooper can help your small business navigate this challenging climate.
Another extremely important part of the CARES Act hugely expands unemployment benefits, including to self-employed individuals who work as independent contractors. In Maryland, unemployment benefits are administered by the state Department of Labor. As Maryland implements the unemployment provisions of the CARES Act, there are many new questions and issues for employers and employees/self-employed contractors to deal with. In some cases, the standard questions that arise in these claims may still be relevant, like whether an employee committed misconduct connected with work. Curtis Cooper is a rare attorney whose experience in unemployment claims extends back to the last financial crisis of 2008. In periods of high unemployment, a lot more is at stake for employees and employers, and it pays to have someone with experience on your side.
Curtis Cooper practices in the following areas:
Commercial and Residential Real Estate
Contract Law and Workouts
General Civil Litigation
Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives
Private Long Term Disability (LTD) & Short Term Disability (STD) Claims/ERISA
Social Security Disability, including SSI Cases for Children and Adults
State Disability Retirement
Unemployment Matters before the Maryland Department of Labor
Curtis Cooper is based in Towson and represents clients throughout the state of Maryland.
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