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Unforeseen Challenges Will Occur, Our Legal Team is Here to Help Western New York Business Owners Respond.

HoganWillig has assembled a team of lawyers across key practice areas to monitor and provide guidance on the legal challenges that will inevitably affect many as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team (including CPAs and MBAs) can be a resource for any business-related questions. HoganWillig has been closely following new executive orders for businesses and how these restrictions impact employers around the country and here in New York State.


Here are some of the challenges we have assisted our clients with:
• CARES Act Application: Small Business Loan or Employee Retention Credit
• COVID-19 Response Plans for Businesses
• Insurance Coverage for Business Interruptions
• Force Majeure for Contracts
• Real Estate Closings
• Landlord and Tenant Issues
• Compliance with Emergency Declarations and Regulations
• Challenging for “Essential Business” Designation
• Bankruptcy Claims
• Unemployment
• Tax Implications

We are in this with you. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any of the lawyers in our COVID-19 response team or call us at 716-636-7600.

Small Business Legal Defense

Fighting for Western New York’s Businesses

Western New York’s Small Businesses have been unfairly targeted by the unjust and unconstitutional New York State, Executive-Ordered shutdowns. We plan to fight for our community’s businesses by filing suit against the NYS governor’s office, arguing that the solution to our current crisis cannot, and should not be the shuttering of local businesses, removing ones ability to operate, make a living wage, pay their employees and sustain their way of life.


Resource Articles:

The resource articles contained below are written by attorneys following recent state- and nation-wide executive orders arising during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Source material and links to government websites can be found by clicking on the “Government Source Links” button below.


Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021

US Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance Clarifying the Deductibility of Expenses Where a Business Received Paycheck Protection Program "PPP" Funding

An Update on Force Majeure in COVID19

PPP Application Deadline Extended by Five Weeks

Independent Restaurants are the focus of new House Bill proposing $120 Billion in Grants

Paycheck Protection Program Application Period to Close After June 30th

Business Interruption Insurance Claims: COVID-19 & Government Shutdown

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020

The New York Forward Loan Fund

Bankruptcy options amid COVID-19

IRS denies Tax Deduction tied to Small Biz Loans

Small Business Disaster Relief: Analysis of the CARES Act

Tax Benefits for Small Businesses: CARES Act

New York State Emergency Paid Sick Leave

Sales Tax Filings: Penalty & Interest Waivers

Small Business Reorganization Act Expanded by the CARES Act

Business Interruption Insurance; Is it Covered under COVID-19?

Contractual Obligations: FORCE MAJEURE under COVID-19

Approval of Emergency 2.2 Trillion Dollar Coronavirus Stimulus Package


Withdrawals from Retirement Plans During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Youth Travel Sports Teams and COVID19

Governor Cuomo Announces New COVID Guidelines for Travelers to New York State

New York State Halloween Guidance

New Criminal Motion Relief for "Compassionate Release"

Have you been laid off due to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Mortgage Forbearance: Not Waiver or Deferral

Is your business exempt from New York State' 100% Workforce Reduction Mandate?

High Demand for Legal Services  

Letter to Clients: Remote Meetings Available


New York State Senate Bill- Residential Eviction Moratorium

New Fair Housing & Real Estate Advertising Regulations

Continuing interpretation of what the "Essential Business" designation means for the Real Estate industry

Real Estate "Essential Business" Interpretation

Real estate closing services still fully operational at HoganWillig


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