Janelle Weber Appointed to Technology Committee

The Florida Bar has appointed Manta Law founder Janelle A. Weber to its Committee on Technology for the 2020-2021 Bar year The role of the committee is to assure that Florida lawyers have necessary technology tools and educational assistance. Ms. Weber has been a member of the Florida Bar’s Consumer Law Protection Committee since 2019. Ms. Weber is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and holds a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) certification. Ms.…

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Pinellas COVID-19 Relief for Small Businesses

Pinellas Offers Small Business Grants Pinellas County is seeking to help small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pinellas CARES Small Business Grant is offering one-time $5,000 grants to help offset the temporary loss of revenue and to assist with retaining and paying employees. The funds are available as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal stimulus package. Even if your business doesn’t qualify for this program, it may still qualify for other…

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Tampa Relief Fund for Families and Small Businesses

Help for Tampa Residents Impacted by COVID-19 Are you a Tampa resident or small business owner who has been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus Shutdown? The City of Tampa has established the Relief Now, Rise Together Fund to help eligible small businesses, families, and individuals harmed by the COVID-19 shutdown orders. The funds are for rent and essential utilities and doesn’t need to be repaid. For eligible applicants, the program will provide direct payments for up to one month’s rent…

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Coronavirus and Student Loans

COVID-19 Leads to Temporary Stop of Student Loan Payments The Coronavirus Pandemic has far-reaching effects on our nation. Economic shutdowns and widespread job losses have made it difficult for many Americans to pay their student loans. Fortunately, on March 27, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed the CARES Act into law, which, among other things, provides broad relief for federal student loan borrowers. During the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an administrative forbearance.…

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Coronavirus Relief and Garnishment

Don’t Let Your COVID-19 Relief Get Garnished Under the CARES Act, most Americans are receiving economic impact payments. According to data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the maximum payout is $1,200 per individual taxpayer or $2,400 for married couples filing jointly, with additional amounts for each dependent child. If you owe money to creditors, you may be worried that your stimulus payment could be garnished and you’re right to worry. Although your stimulus payment cannot be garnished from the…

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Garnishment of Federal Tax Refunds

Tax Refunds and Garnishment You may be expecting a federal tax refund. But will you actually get it if you owe money to creditors? Manta Law, a Tampa Bay boutique firm representing individuals and consumers in a variety of matters, wants to make sure you’re informed about how the law of garnishment applies to federal income tax refunds.  Garnishment by Federal and State Agencies Under the Treasury Offset Program (TOP), federal and state government agencies may collect outstanding debts…

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Head of Household: What Does it Mean for Garnishment?

Head of Household: What Does that Mean for Garnishment? Is a creditor trying to garnish your wages? Then you need to know about the head of household exemption. It provides an exemption from garnishment of earnings payable to a head of household. Are You a Head of Household? To be a head of household, you must: Provide more than half of the financial support for another person you have a legal or moral obligation to support. The supported person can…

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Understanding Charity Care

What’s Charity Care? Do You Qualify? Are you uninsured and having trouble paying your medical bills? You may be wondering if you qualify for charity care. Charity care is health care provided for at no cost or a reduced cost to patients who have no health insurance and can’t afford to pay. There’s no Florida law mandating how much charity care hospitals must offer. But fortunately, many Tampa Bay hospitals and medical facilities do offer charity care to qualifying patients.…

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High Number of Floridians with Unpaid Medical Bills

Medical Bills a Problem for Floridians A high number of Florida residents have unpaid medical bills. Among Florida adults, 20.7 percent now have unpaid medical debts, according to a recent report published by the website 24/7 Wall St. This level is the 32nd highest among the 50 states. Nationwide, 22.7 percent of U.S. adults have past due medical bills, according to the study, which is based on a 2018 analysis published by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). According to…

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Stop the Pain from Workplace Injury Bills

If you’ve been injured on the job, you are not responsible to pay for the treatment of your workplace injury. Medical bills should be paid by your employer or its workers’ compensation insurance carrier. But what happens if you’re sent the medical bill and the hospital or medical provider starts hounding you for payment? Fortunately, Florida and federal fair debt collection laws protect injured workers from demands for payment of bills they don’t owe. If you’re…

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