On June 22nd, the Virginia Supreme Court declined to renew an emergency order that suspended eviction proceedings in the Commonwealth. Per the Supreme Court decision, Virginia courts may resume eviction hearings related to failure to pay rent on Monday, June 29th. Governor Ralph Northam has announced that the state will roll out a rent relief program however no details have been announced and advocates fear emergency aid will arrive too little, too late.
The Virginia General Assembly recently voted to end the Commonwealth’s policy of suspending drivers licenses for unpaid court fines and fees. This new policy will go into effect on July 1st and will be retroactive for approximately 627,000 Virginians. Suspended licenses due to unpaid court fines and fees are something that we see very regularly so this policy will have a big impact on our current and future clients.
One of the biggest myths I hear from people regarding bankruptcy is that they cannot file bankruptcy because the Trustee will take their home.