Evaluating Your Company’s Cybersecurity Risks During Covid-19

With the current pandemic in regards to novel coronavirus (Covid-19), companies need to evaluate and assess their current risks and what they can do to manage those risks. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (division of Department of Homeland Security) has provided recommendations on actions that organizations should be taking to better prepare, thereby reducing the impact and risk exposure the entity has to Covid-19.  

https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/20_0318_cisa_insights_coronavirus.pdf

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Working From Home? Don’t Click That!

With the increase in employees working from home on remote devices because of the Coronavirus Covid-19, this has in-turn caused an increase in attempts by hackers to capitalize on user vulnerability. Organizations should take proactive steps to secure their information technology infrastructure and reduce their risk exposure to these cyber-terrorists.

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-avoid-cyberattacks-working-from-home-covid-19-2020-3

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-073a

 

Help Us Locate A Missing Child in London, Bring Mayur Home

Mayur Patel is a 2-year old boy that has been kidnapped. He has been missing since April 2019 and is believed to be with Dimple Patel in or near the city of London in Great Britain.

Learn more or share info to help bring Mayur home at:
BringMayurHome.com

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Please share the website above or the video below via your social media channels to help spread the word.

 

 

Be Aware of Potential Scams

If you receive calls, emails, or other communications claiming to be from the Treasury Department and offering COVID-19 related grants or stimulus payments in exchange for personal financial information, or an advance fee, tax, or charge of any kind, including the purchase of gift cards, please do not respond.  These are scams.

Please contact the FBI at www.ic3.gov so that the scammers can be tracked and stopped.

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Federal Tax Extension

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In light of Covid-19, the Federal Government recently announced that it would grant tax payers a 90 day extension for making tax payments owed to the Government.  The Federal government has now announced that it will also grant a 90 day extension for the filing of federal taxes. The filing deadline that would have normally been April 15, 2020, has been postponed to July 15, 2020.  Taxpayers and certain businesses will have additional time to file without penalty.

The purpose of the filing deadline extension is to combat the financial burden that the recent coronavirus pandemic has had on individuals and the economy at large.  The deadline extension allows individuals and businesses to keep their money longer due to losses in income and revenue caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The 90 day extension to file taxes only applies to federal taxes.  The newly announced deadline does not apply to State tax filing deadlines unless your individual state has opted to follow the federal 90 day extension.  The Treasury Secretary further indicated that individuals that anticipate a tax refund may still file for their refund now.

If you have any questions regarding the application of this new law and how it may affect you or your business, please call 309-662-5084.   

Help for Your Business

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SBA Disaster Loan

This loan offers up to $2 million in assistance at an interest rate of 3.75% for those businesses without credit available elsewhere.

https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

 

Contact your Current Lender

Your current lender will be in the best position to assist with short term needs.  Improving cash flow and access to capital are some of the most important measures any business can be making as they prepare for the road ahead.

While the financial position and capital needs of every business is different, the following are a few strategies worth exploring that are some of the more likely forms of relief available.

  • Suspend Principled Payments on Term Loan
  • Re-Advance on Commercial Mortgages
  • Mind your Accounts Receivable

 

Article by David Lynam, Illinois Lawyer Now a publication of Illinois State Bar Association

 

It is on Everyone’s To-Do List…Is Yours Done?

We all know drafting a Will is a good thing to do, deciding ahead of time the details of our estate. While each situation is unique, the assistance of an attorney can save time and money in ensuring your estate will be distributed in the manner you wish and not caught up in red tape.  

Join us, in the days ahead, to move this “to-do” to the top of the list. 

 

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Governor Pritzker Issues Executive Order in Response to COVID-19

On Friday March 20th J.B. Pritzker, Governor of Illinois issued an EXECUTIVE ORDER IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 for the preservation of public health and safety throughout the entire State of Illinois, and to ensure that our healthcare delivery system is capable of serving those who are sick. This order is effective March 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm through April 7, 2020.

Read full order here

Need Legal Help?

If you find yourself in need of legal assistance during these difficult times the attorneys at Allison & Mosby-Scott are able to provide you with the personal attention you deserve. Consultations are available via phone, video conference or in-person dependent upon your preference. For in-office consultations, precautionary measures are in place to ensure our offices are in compliance with CDC recommendations.

To schedule a consultation, please contact the office at 309-662-5084 to speak with our receptionist.

You can also request an appointment through our website, https://www.allisonmosby-scott.com/contact-us/

CoVid-19 & Your Legal Concerns

Allison & Mosby-Scott remains committed to providing our clients with the personal attention they deserve, especially during such trying times as these. We are following the CDC’s recommendations as well as the Procedures and Administrative Orders of the Court for the counties we serve.  Please see the link below for the county in which your case resides.

If you require the service of an attorney and prefer to consult by phone, Facetime and/or Skype those options are available to new and existing clients.

If you prefer to meet in person, Allison & Mosby-Scott will be open for business as usual, but will be initiating a “no hand shake necessary” approach to greeting clients.

Please call or email our office should you have any questions or concerns.

Administrative Order of the Court for Ford, Livingston, Logan, McLean & Woodford counties. 

Sangamon County Press Release

Champaign County Courthouse Procedures

Macon County Courthouse Procedures

Administrative Order of the Court for Peoria

Administrative Order of the Court for Tazewell County