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COVID-19 Update: $225 Million Grant Program for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

access_time Posted on: June 10th, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf announced a $225 million Pennsylvania grant program to aid the smallest and most vulnerable businesses impacted by COVID-19 and the business closure order. The state has shifted its focus towards reopening the commonwealth and is offering assistance to those businesses that were hurt by the pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. When Governor Wolf announced the new program, he said. “This new program will provide direct support to impacted businesses to cover operating expenses during the shutdown and the transition to reopening.” The funds can be accessed through three programs: This program provides relief for small businesses… read more »

COVID-19 Update: President Signs Paycheck Protection Plan Flexibility Act!

access_time Posted on: June 10th, 2020

President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (H.R. 7010) .  This bill modifies several provisions regarding the forgiveness of loans to ease usage restrictions and increase the time businesses are able to utilize PPP funds. Major provisions of the bill include:   An extended forgiveness period, which gives businesses the option to extend the covered period from the original eight weeks to twenty four weeks beginning on the date of origination of a covered loan to December 31, 2020 (twenty-four weeks). An extension of the Jun 30th safe harbor for rehiring employees. A reduced payroll spending requirement from 75% to 60%. An extended… read more »

Pooled and Payback Trusts: Great Options for Persons with Special Needs

access_time Posted on: June 6th, 2020

A special needs trust is a wonderful tool that can empower a person with disability (“PWD”) and their family, by preserving access to benefits while at the same time protecting family assets.  Family members can create a trust and name a trustee for their loved one so that assets will be held for their benefit and will not interfere with the means-based qualifications for Medicaid or SSI benefits, which are so important in today’s world. But what if the PWD is already in possession of the assets in question, or receives an unexpected inheritance or personal injury settlement?   Owning or receiving such… read more »

Voted “BEST LAW FIRM” in York County 2020!

access_time Posted on: May 29th, 2020

CGA Law Firm voted Best Law Firm in York County 2020 All of us at CGA Law Firm sincerely appreciate the residents of York County voting us “Best Law Firm” for 2020. The confidence you demonstrate each year with your overwhelming votes continues to warm our hearts and inspire us to do our very best. Our team of approximately 70 professionals offers depth of experience, passion and skill. Although CGA is based in York, the Firm serves clients throughout South Central PA, often as a more convenient and cost effectivealternative to “big city” firms. When you hire a CGA attorney, you… read more »

Safe, Secure Estate Planning is Available in COVID-19 Uncertainty

access_time Posted on: May 26th, 2020

As Pennsylvania transitions from Red to Yellow, significant restrictions will continue to limit our public interactions, and safety for ourselves and our loved ones requires continued separation.  However, these restrictions do not prevent you from assuring that important estate documents like Wills and powers-of-attorney are in place, updating those documents or health care directives to meet your needs, and making certain that your family and loved ones are protected.   At any time, having your Will and estate documents in place provides protection and peace of mind.  During the current emergency, the protection of good estate planning is essential.  Fortunately, our Legislature has acted… read more »

COVID-19 Update: New Advice Summary Relating to the Right-to-Know Law

access_time Posted on: May 22nd, 2020

Pursuant to the Right-to-know law (RTKL) Advisory, the Office of Open Records (OOR) has new advice for agencies within “yellow” status counties. These agencies should continue processing RTKL requests and appeals as usual. If an appeal is negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the agency or requestor cannot meet a required deadline, the OOR may prolong the appeal deadline. In particular, agencies located within a county transitioning into “yellow” status may need to provide evidence showing why the appeal deadline needs to be extended. In regards to offices being closed, any day that falls within an office closure is… read more »

COVID-19 Update: PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Released

access_time Posted on: May 20th, 2020

The much anticipated Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application was released by the U.S. Small Business Administration with input from the U.S. Department of Treasury. The PPP was part of the CARES Act and created to support eligible small businesses with forgivable loans to keep Americans working during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Businesses can seek forgiveness at the end of an eight-week covered period that began with the disbursement of their PPP loan. To apply for forgiveness, the PPP loan borrower must complete the application and submit it to the lender that is servicing their loan.  The application includes the following… read more »

COVID-19 Update: SBA Offers PPP Guidance and Answers Questions

access_time Posted on: May 15th, 2020

The Small Business Administration (SBA), together with the Department of the Treasury, continue to offer additional guidance regarding the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established by section 1102 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The guidance is offered in a Frequently Asked Questions format (see link below). Paycheck Protection Program Loans FAQs This resource is reliable since it contains SBA’s interpretation of the CARES Act and of the Paycheck Protection Program Interim Final Rules (see link below). The U.S. government will not challenge lender actions that conform to the PPP guidance found on… read more »

COVID-19 Municipal Update: Handling Right-To-Know Law Issues During the COVID-19 Emergency

access_time Posted on: May 12th, 2020

While the Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) continues to be in effect for most municipal entities, its function has been temporarily suspended for the Commonwealth due to the current COVID-19 emergency. Pursuant to Section 901 of the law, all requests must receive a response within five business days – excluding days closed for business. If an agency faces “bona fide issues” related to this pandemic, the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records’ (OOR) advisory permits temporary suspensions exceeding the scope of that law. The OOR recommends the agency seek their solicitor’s advice before taking this recourse. Under Act 15, municipalities operating under an… read more »

COVID-19 Municipal Resource Page

access_time Posted on: May 8th, 2020