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Author: Bruce Perrone

May 26, 2020

Unemployment Benefits and Workplace Safety in the Time of Coronavirus


Going back to work during the COVID-19 pandemic might be dangerous. Can you still get unemployment benefits if you feel your safety is compromised? Hear more on the topic from a Legal Aid of WV attorney.

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October 10, 2019

Create Your Own “Mental Health Advance Directive”


An “advance directive” is a legal tool to assure that people follow your wishes at some point in the future when you are not present or not able to express your desires yourself.

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May 09, 2019

How to Get Your Security Deposit Back in West Virginia


Fighting with the landlord, trying to get your security deposit back after you moved out? You’re not alone, and it’s not unusual that landlords don’t even know what West Virginia law requires them to do.

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November 29, 2018

Assistance Animals (Not Pets) in Housing


The law protecting animals that people may rely upon for support, emotional support, disability services, love, or friendship, is pretty confusing. That’s because there’s one set of rules for the “Housing” context (the Fair Housing Act), another set of rules for public places (the Americans with Disabilities Act), and the two sets of rules are VERY different.

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May 24, 2018

What Are the Rules About Animals in Rental Housing? What can the landlord prohibit? What is protected for people with disabilities?


These are common questions. Legal Aid has a couple of articles on our web site to help tenants understand their rights. There are two sets of legal rules. One set applies to everyone who does not have a disability. The other set applies only to tenants who have a disability.

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November 02, 2017

Getting Unemployment Benefits If You Quit Your Job Because Of A Medical Condition


Can I get unemployment benefits if I quit my job because of a medical condition? Yes, BUT ... there are two very strict requirements you must meet.

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June 15, 2017

Protecting Wages and Personal Property from Court Judgment Collection Efforts


Confused about how to protect your wages from court judgment collection efforts? Or not sure what items of personal property and furnishings you can protect from court judgment collection?

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January 23, 2017

Loan Acceleration


You’ve fallen behind on your monthly payments for a car, house or another type of loan. Now the creditor is threatening to accelerate your loan. Loan acceleration is when the creditor says “no more monthly payments. You owe us the whole outstanding amount of the loan, in full, immediately.” It usually means the creditor’s going to repossess the car, and maybe also sue you for the amount owed.

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December 19, 2016

Installment Land Sales Contracts


In an ordinary house or land sale, the title is put in the buyer’s name on the date of sale. But with an Installment Land Sale Contract, the buyer doesn’t get the title to the land until all payments have been made. No down payment, no bank delays, no closing costs, no lawyer fees. Just move in and start paying and when you pay it off, they’ll give you the title.

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November 29, 2016

Creditor Harrassment


Are you getting phone calls from someone who says you owe them money? Have you fallen behind on your loan payments and now creditors are calling you, over and over, day and night? What do you do if you don’t owe the money the debt collector is trying to collect? Can you do anything to stop the debt collector from contacting you? If the creditor or bill collector has followed the rules and limits, there is not much you can do. But if the creditor or bill collector has broken the rules, there may be a lot you can do.

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