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Student Loan Forbearance During Coronavirus Might Prevent You From Getting a New Mortgage or Refinance Loan

Student Loan Forbearance During Coronavirus Might Prevent You From Getting a New Mortgage or Refinance Loan

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act puts an automatic suspension on payments for eligible federal student loans for six months, from March 13, 2020, until September 30, 2020. For many people, getting a break from payments during this national emergency is a lifesaver. But for others, having a loan in forbearance can hurt or ruin their chances of qualifying for a new mortgage or refinance loan. Here’s why: Mortgage lenders usually use your actual monthly student…

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Trump Veto Makes Getting a Student Loan Discharge More Difficult

Trump Veto Makes Getting a Student Loan Discharge More Difficult

Under an Obama-era rule, known as the “borrower defense to repayment” rule, if your school fraudulently convinced you to enroll or remain enrolled, you can get a discharge of your federal student loans relatively easily. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has long argued that the Obama rule makes it too easy for borrowers to get student loan forgiveness, and that a new rule is necessary to save taxpayers billions of dollars. So, last year, DeVos declared that for loans first disbursed…

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Forbearance During Coronavirus Might Prevent You From Getting a New Mortgage or Refinance Loan

Forbearance During Coronavirus Might Prevent You From Getting a New Mortgage or Refinance Loan

Under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, homeowners with federally backed mortgage loans who’ve been affected by COVID-19, regardless of delinquency status, can get a forbearance. Also, even if you don’t have a federally backed mortgage loan, your lender might agree to a forbearance plan. Under the CARES Act, any loan that’s in forbearance must be reported as “current” on credit reports, so long as the borrower wasn’t already delinquent on payments at the time of…

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Coronavirus: Employers Can Now Inspect I-9 Documents Remotely

Coronavirus: Employers Can Now Inspect I-9 Documents Remotely

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that employers can now remotely inspect workers’ identity and employment authorization documents for Form I-9 purposes. Form I-9 is used to verify each newly hired employee’s legal right to work in the United States. Ordinarily, an employer (or authorized representative) must conduct an in-person review of these documents. The government has made clear that remote inspection is a temporary measure and available only to employers who…

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Lawyers Organize to Help Low-Income Persons Needing Legal Help During Pandemic

Lawyers Organize to Help Low-Income Persons Needing Legal Help During Pandemic

Hiring a lawyer when one is already financially stressed can feel like the classic Catch-22. To make yourself financially whole, you need to pursue a claim; perhaps for unemployment or medical benefits, to contest an eviction or unlawful job termination, or something else; but the very stress you’re under makes paying a lawyer an impossible prospect. And since the start of the COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic, people have definitely been under real and imminent forms of financial stress. Fortunately, attorneys…

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