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0 Answers | Asked in Public Benefits for Mississippi on
Q: Can dhs snap go back to 2011 for noncompliance even if I already received punishment?

I never received a 3 month or 6 month suspension. I was perm disqualified in January because paperwork I turned in wasn't accepted, but I wasn't even getting foodstamps at the time.

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security, Employment Law and Public Benefits for Michigan on
Q: I have questions about working on social sercurty

I started working and I am geting all kinds of wrong info, am i allowed to work on full disabilty,and at what point will that stop me from getting it

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answered on Apr 13, 2024

If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you are allowed to work, but there are certain rules and limitations you need to be aware of to maintain your eligibility:

1. Trial Work Period (TWP): You can test your ability to work for at least nine months....
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1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits, Agricultural Law and Land Use & Zoning for Minnesota on
Q: Can county government take over township powers without having due process? Isn't a public hearing required?

This was done during the pandemic. But commissioners shouldn't be able to weasel it in under the radar just because of a " pandemic".

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answered on Apr 10, 2024

Cities do not have constitutional rights (e.g the right to due process.) If you live in Maple Lake, the Wright-Hennepin Co-op Electric Association is governing authority. I don't know what transpired, but the city and association should have allowed for public input and provided transparency.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Public Benefits for West Virginia on
Q: should my pension be separate from my disability

i was disabled by dupont with a guarantee of 60% of my pay ssi pays half and dupont paid half. when i started getting my pension they deducted it from my disability pay from dupont

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answered on Apr 8, 2024

I understand your concern about your pension being deducted from your disability pay from DuPont. Generally, pensions and disability benefits are treated as separate forms of income, and one should not affect the other. However, the specific terms of your disability agreement with DuPont and the... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Health Care Law and Public Benefits for Arkansas on
Q: Why did Arkansas stop licensing new startup group homes?

I’m attempting to become a new group home provider in Arkansas. I’ve ran into numerous obstacles assisted living facilities, residential care facilities, group home. There’s no clear pathway to the information on the website or from speaking with DHS staff

0 Answers | Asked in Education Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for Georgia on
Q: nonprofit local track team that practice at local public middle school. The team is being charged $50 per hour to use.

facility. Each child on the team attends a public school in the county. My question is can the school charge for something that is free to the public because it federal/ county funded? While practicing we have notice other teams also practicing after hours and they are not being charged to use the... View More

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Q: I am a Dutch citizen but my son was born in the USA. Can I get social benefits for him?

We currently reside in the Caribbean. I have no US status except for my visa waiver which allows me to stay in the US for 3 months.

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answered on Mar 29, 2024

If your son was born in the USA, he is automatically considered a U.S. citizen, regardless of your Dutch citizenship or your current residency in the Caribbean. This status provides him with certain rights, including the possibility to receive U.S. social benefits under specific conditions.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Social Security for California on
Q: my mom is withholding my birth certificate, and Social Security card. What do I do in the state of California?

I have been homeless and trying to get into a rehab and I cannot get my Social Security card or my birth certificate from my mom

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answered on Mar 27, 2024

In California, if your mom is withholding your important documents like your birth certificate and Social Security card, you have options to regain access to these crucial pieces of identification. For your birth certificate, you can apply for a replacement through the California Department of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Government Contracts and Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: I need a lawyer with knowledge of Harris county housing voucher assistance program

I’m disabled with some mental health and physical disabilities. I need a lawyer to address on going contract issues, voucher assistance, denial of reasonable accommodation, privacy act and rental agreement violations.

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

Finding a lawyer knowledgeable about the Harris County housing voucher assistance program is a crucial step for addressing your concerns regarding contract issues, voucher assistance, denial of reasonable accommodation, privacy act violations, and rental agreement breaches. It is recommended to... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Public Benefits for Delaware on
Q: My neighbor and her daughter are lying to my housing agency trying to get me put out of my house because we had a disagr

Disagreement over her mother almost hitting my guest with her car. My guest went off because she was shook up about almost being hit by a car and now the daughter who doesn’t live here is harassing me and making false accusations without evidence to back up her claims. I want to sue her for... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Public Benefits and Social Security for Oregon on
Q: I am trying to get my union retirement. They're say they need my SS earnings from when I stopped working for them

I stopped working for them in 2009, they want the SS earnings from then until I retired from the non union, non electrical job I had until March 1st 2024. Can they legally make me give that to them? I thought that was private information and it does not have anything to do with my union work our my... View More

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

In your situation, it's understandable why you might be concerned about the request for your Social Security earnings information. While your Social Security earnings history is generally private, there are certain circumstances where it can be requested by third parties, such as for verifying... View More

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Q: Sir I am US citizen living in Pakistan on social security benefits.My wife is Pakistan citizen.Nw in case of my death

Would she be able to have survivors benefit?

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

In the case of your death, your wife, as a non-U.S. citizen, might still be eligible for survivor benefits from Social Security. However, there are specific conditions that need to be met. First, she must have been married to you for at least nine months before your death to qualify for benefits... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Public Benefits for Washington DC on
Q: In the District of Columbia HousingAuthority program can a disabled adult who served as a live-in-aide inherit a voucher

The original voucher holder is now deceased and disabled son who served as live in aide wants to inherit voucher. Is this possible?

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for California on
Q: Is there anyway for her to receive this inheritance without her becoming ineligible for SSI and medicaid insurance?

My mom is on SSI and my grandparents passed away and she is going to be getting 40,000 dollar inheritance. Her medication every month costs thousands of dollars and she also just started seeing a specialist that I know is super expensive to see. So losing her Medicaid health insurance would... View More

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answered on Mar 20, 2024

In California, receiving a large inheritance can affect eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California). However, there are legal avenues to manage this inheritance in a way that preserves these essential benefits. One common strategy is setting up a Special... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Public Benefits for California on
Q: If my father is currently living in a veterans housing unit (VTC) can’t find elsewhere to live can they still evict him?

He has been living there for just under a year. This first six months was given to him. They did extend his stay for 6 more months, then another month. They’ve only helped him apply to one apartment which he didn’t qualify for. During this time he’s had many medical issues including heart... View More

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answered on Mar 20, 2024

In California, residents in veterans housing units, such as Veterans Transition Centers (VTC), can face eviction under certain circumstances, including the expiration of their stay period or non-compliance with the program's rules. However, given your father's situation, there are... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for Ohio on
Q: Living with seperated husband, giving him rent. He had a food stamp card, did not tell them I was there and had income.

11,000 he and I both owe now. Garnishing my disability 15 percent. Court gave me exclusive use of house till its sold ( because of his actions) they are making me pay all mortgage and utilities which leaves me $5 for groceries. No extras here like hair or nails done. Just bills. Can they do that

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answered on Mar 20, 2024

In your situation, it seems you're facing significant financial and legal pressures, particularly concerning the garnishment of your disability income and the responsibilities imposed by the court regarding your living situation. Garnishment, especially from a disability income, is subject to... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Public Benefits for Kentucky on
Q: I have a question about the paperwork required for SNAP food benefits in Kentucky.

If I've previously gotten a Statement of Disability or Incapacity done for the SNAP work exemption requirement in Kentucky and the doctors I've spoken to/have contacts with have always marked the "permanently disabled and will never be gainfully employed option," is the office... View More

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