Contra Costa County Is Under a “Shelter In Place” Order
Contra Costa County, along with five other Bay Area counties, has been ordered to “shelter in place.” Many businesses will be closing until the order ends on April 7, 2020. Residents are ordered to stay home except for urgent medical needs, grocery shopping, or other urgent services. Residents may go outside for walks, but should practice “social distancing” and stay at least 6 feet away from others.
Contra Costa Senior Legal Services Is Closed During the “Shelter In Place” Order
As of tomorrow, Tuesdsay, March 17, 2020, CCSLS is closed. We will still be checking our voicemail and emails. However, we will not be available for any in-person appointments. If you have an urgent legal need, we will attempt to call you back as soon as possible. It is important to know that the Contra Costa County courts are closed until at least April 1.
Contra Costa County Superior Courts Are Closed
The Contra Costa County superior courts are closed until April 1, 2020, so no one can file any court actions. This means that landlords cannot file unlawful detainer eviction actions during these two weeks. Unfortunately, it also means that elders who need a restraining order will not be able to file one. However, if you need a restraining order, you can call the police and they can give you an Emergency Protective Order if that is necessary.
AARP Tax Aide Clinics Are Canceled Until Further Notice
All AARP tax aide clinics have been canceled across the country. If you had an appointment with the clinic at our office, we apologize for the inconvenience. However, there are some alternatives for federal taxes:
- File online for free at irs.gov
- Using an online service such as Turbo Tax
- Ask for an extension using Form 4868
Also, California has already postponed its tax deadline to June 15. The IRS may do the same.
Stay Safe, Healthy, and Happy During This Trying Time
We wrote an earlier blog about staying safe during the time of coronavirus, updated today!