Brian Elston Law Donates to Local Charities For The Holidays

Brian Elston Law Donates to Local Charities For The Holidays

Brian Elston Law Donates to Local Charities For The Holidays
brian elston law being the change

By BRIAN ELSTON

Thank you for everyone that suggested so many amazing causes to support. To follow up on our Spirit of Giving post, we told the community that this year, we wanted to do something different. Instead of cards and calendars, we’d like to give back to a local worthy cause. We asked for everyone’s input and received great feedback.

This year, we’ve made donations to 10 non-profits and it felt good to be part of the change we wish to see in the world.

I did want to highlight two causes in particular.

Western North Carolina Area of Narcotics Anonymous

Holidays can be tough, and for those with addiction issues, dealing with family, stress, money for presents, it can be even tougher. Now, add on to the stress that you can’t meet with your support group because of the plague, it is even tougher. For those that know me, my brother Jeff passed away around this time last year due to addiction. By all accounts, his NA group meant so much to him, and him to them. At his funeral, they shared memorable stories of his wonderful sense of humor, often heard laughter, and his constant willingness to help others either by helping them with their cars or just sharing his struggles and faith. Addiction, anxiety, depression, and stuff happens. Everyone deals with it in some sort of fashion, and it is okay to reach out to a brother or sister to share in the struggle. Check out Western North Carolina Area of Narcotics Anonymous if you just need a minute.

 

Live Free 999

Along those same lines, Live Free 999 supports young people in their battles with addiction, anxiety and depression. If you haven’t heard, check out Wishing Well by Juice Wrld. Some say, (and this person will know who said this when they read it), it is the greatest song ever written.

 

Here is the full list of charities we donated to

Please check them out and consider offering donations to one or more of these worthy causes.

The Spirit of Giving

The Spirit of Giving

The Spirit of Giving
lets give to local charities

By BRIAN ELSTON

Each year around this time, my firm sends out Christmas Cards and calendars to clients and contacts. This year is different, which I know is an understatement. It just seems a bit hollow this year sending out cards wishing everyone a Merry Christmas when I know that 2020 has been very hard. So, this year, we want to do something different. Instead of cards and calendars, we’d like to give back to a local worthy cause. If anyone has any suggestions, please share below and we’ll do our best to help out this year.

Let Us Know What You Think

We would love the communities feedback in finding ways to give back and help out this year. Please send us an email or click on the Social Media posts below to add comments. We look forward to your suggestions!

We received a lot of great feedback and made our charity donation choices for this Holiday Season. Click here for information and links.

Brian Elston Law is Proud to Sponsor Asheville Tennis Association’s “Free Tennis Kit” Project

Brian Elston Law is Proud to Sponsor Asheville Tennis Association’s “Free Tennis Kit” Project

Brian Elston Law is Proud to Sponsor Asheville Tennis Association’s “Free Tennis Kit” Project
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By BRIAN ELSTON

Brian Elston Law is working with the Asheville Tennis Association to provide free tennis kits to support children and their family that may not have access to tennis gear.

The tennis kits consist of a 10-foot movable net, four rackets, and three tennis balls. In addition to using the kits for these free clinics, the ATA also plans to give 75 of them away to families in under-served areas who have limited-to-no access to courts.

Recently, ATA President Jeff Joyce spoke to WLOS about the program:

“These under-served populations in the housing projects and other low-income areas don’t have that same advantage. Therefore, we’re taking it to them, which is what we should be doing.”

Source: WLOS ABC 13 News

The kits were donated by the Brian Elston Law, and the ATA has been communicating with various non-profits and community organizations to identify families to receive them. The clinic at the Grant Center was the seventh of the summer so far.

If you’re looking for more information about this or other Asheville Tennis Association projects, please visit their website or email them at [email protected]

Check out the official flyer here »

The article and video is hosted at WLOS ABC 13 News. You can find the link here.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We are there for you.

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You Are Essential Business

You Are Essential Business

You are “Essential Business.”

COVID-19 INFORMATION

By BRIAN ELSTON

Today, Buncombe County Government issued a “Stay Home – Stay Safe” order. A copy of the order can be found here.

The order provides that “Exceptional Businesses” may remain open, and the order defines those businesses. All business may maintain “minimum basic operations.”

Brian Elston Law was designed to be there for our clients, no matter the circumstances. As the founder of the firm, I am grateful to share that we are still available even during times of crisis. Our firm has systems set up where operations can continue, and that our primary goal of being there for clients is being met.

“At their best, lawyers assure the availability of legal services to all, regardless of ability to pay, and as leaders of their communities, states, and nation, lawyers use their education and experience to improve society.”

-Preamble to the NC Rules of Professional Conduct”

We will get through this time together, and we are here to do our part.

If you have a pending legal matter, and need assistance give us a call. Examples of pending legal matters that we handle are:

  • Should I apply for unemployment if I am receiving workers’ comp benefits?
  • How will this crisis affect my workers’ comp. benefits?
  • How will COVID-19 affect my motor vehicle accident claim?
  • What happens if I do not receive my workers’ comp check?
  • Can I still count lost wages in my personal injury claim during this time?
  • and others…..

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We are there for you.

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Rent Abatement during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Rent Abatement during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Rent Abatement during the Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19 INFORMATION

By CHAD RAY DONNAHOO

Of the many fears associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic, one of the biggest is the direct and indirect economic disruption associated with the Pandemic. Put another way, the legitimate fear of losing your job or having your hours reduced to the point of not making enough money to pay your mortgage, rent, bills and feed your kids. For many folks in Western North Carolina right now, this fear is quickly becoming a scary reality.

The good news is that that some financial help is on the way. As this blog is being written, the United States Congress is still debating the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”). Provisions of the CARES Act include providing financial payments to citizens and low interest loans and grants to small business if they keep workers employed. In the wake of the Pandemic, North Carolina has eased unemployment benefit restrictions. However, even with these promised financial tools, many people are still worried about how they are going to pay their monthly mortgage payments or rent.

A. Mortgage Hardship Forbearance.

Just last week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency advised lenders to offer forbearance options for individuals impacted by the coronavirus and who are in jeopardy of falling behind on their mortgage payments. A “mortgage forbearance” is a situation where a lender temporarily reduces or suspends mortgage payments for a period of time (generally no greater than six months) while the borrower’s financial stabilizes. While the interest on the mortgage still accrues, payments stop. Most of the major mortgage lenders have provided information on their websites addressing forbearance and hardship options for individuals impacted by the Pandemic. Here is a link to a recent web article posted by Forbes magazine listing major financial institutions and what they are doing to help assist their customers. Even if your financial institution is not listed, visit its website or call to learn what options might be available.

The most important thing is don’t put your head in the sand and just unilaterally stop making your mortgage payment. BE PROACTIVE. Contact your financial institution immediately and ask about what forbearance or hardship options are available and if you qualify. Being ahead of the curve and requesting a mortgage forbearance is a significantly better position that having your mortgage go into foreclosure and then trying to work-out a solution with your lender.

B. Rent Abatement.

If you currently have a residential lease agreement, it is certainly worth discussing with your landlord about rent abatement. Rent abatement is just like a mortgage forbearance, a temporary reduction or suspension of rental payments for a specified period. In North Carolina, a landlord is not required to voluntarily provide rent abatement in most situations. However, if you or your spouse have lost a job or had hours significantly cut as a result of the Pandemic, it is certainly worth exploring this option with your landlord. Keep in mind, if you have been a good tenant in the past, your landlord should have an incentive to work with you. It is much easier and cheaper to keep a good tenant than having to search for a new one – particularly now.

While you can’t force your landlord to agree to a rent abatement, try to convince your landlord using reasonable positions:

A. Do Your Homework! Anecdotal stories carry far less weight than hard numbers. Before you discuss this topic with your landlord, know your numbers. How has the Pandemic impacted your immediate household budget? Using conservative estimates, how might the Pandemic impact your household budget for the next 3-6 months if the current situation remains the same.

B. Lease Extension. Depending on how your lease is structured, you could agree to extend the term of the lease for each month of rent abatement. For example, if your landlord agrees to a three-month rent abatement period (i.e., no payment of rent for three-months), then you could agree to extending your lease by adding three extra months to the end of your lease.

C. Compromise. Something is better than nothing. If your landlord will not agree to a full rent abatement, then try a partial rental abatement – 50% or 25%. If your landlord will not agree to three-months (which seems reasonable in light of what medical professionals are forecasting with the Pandemic), then try two or one-month.

D. Get it in Writing. Make sure to have a written agreement which properly amends your current lease.

It is hard not feeling overwhelmed and scared watching the news. It is only natural given everything that is going on and it is easy to be reactive rather than proactive. Hang in there! Now, more than ever, Brian Elston Law is here to help you and your families through these uncharted waters. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need to talk to someone about your situation. We are all in this situation together, and together, we will do our best to get out of it.

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