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1 Answer | Asked in Collections, Health Care Law and Public Benefits for California on

Q: My mom died 10 years ago and left no estate.Now that I inherited a home from my grandparents can Medi-Cal come after it?

mother died 10 years ago and she was very poor. She left nothing behind other than her name was on my grandfathersite car in case he died.

My grandfather died 5 months ago and he had a house and still owned the car with my mother's name on it. I am the only sole heir and only living... Read more »

Sergio G. Chaidez answered on Aug 11, 2016

They can try, but they should not succeed. They may not know what happened. Your grandfather's estate is not liable for your mother's debt, so they cannot collect against his estate. Now that it soon will be your property, you also are not liable to for your mother's debts (unless you expressly... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Social Security for California on

Q: Can I get disability for sciatica, spinal arthritis, and depression?

At age 12, I fell flat on my back from a high (supposedly) karate kick in the air. I've had horrible lower back problems since. My mother would take me to massage therapists who always claimed it was a slipped disc. As I got older I made several trips to the ER regarding lower back pain. In 2010 I... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 4, 2016

Check with legal aid/legal services for the county you are in. Homeless services may also help. You need medical assistance so you can get the medical evaluations you need. If there is a vocational rehab department in California they might be able to help.

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for California on

Q: If someone in CA. goes to a drug rehab voluntarily, when they complete the program, are there any programs offered

to them to help them get on their feet?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 4, 2016

The program should be able to tell you. Al-anon can also tell you what is out there for substance abuse.

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Wrongful Death for California on

Q: Im currently on supplemental security income,last june2015 my daughter was killed ,im getting a lump sum.

I dont want to lose my benifets ,how do i go about protecting my small award which is concidered my daughters worth? without losing my benifiets the small amount is from wrongfull death case we just won .

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 23, 2016

Your lawyer should be able to help you. If it is unfortunately a small amount, usually you work out a "spend down" program with the state --you will have to keep receipts but the items covrered have to be agreed to by the state.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Public Benefits for California on

Q: I gave my deposit they told me to put 30 days in and I'm on Utah housing now they want a guarantor isn't state housing

A guarantor I've never not paid my rent and no eviction s this is a su subsidized complex

Richard Samuel Price answered on May 17, 2016

Somehow your question ended up under California. If you are in Utah, please repost your question under Utah law. Thank you.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Public Benefits for California on

Q: I took deposit to apts turned in application then I get a call I need a guarantor and I'm supposed to move in 2 wks and

Trouble finding guarantor I'm on housing isn't that enuf? I. In utah

Richard Samuel Price answered on May 17, 2016

Somehow your question ended up under California. If you are in Utah, please repost your question under Utah law. Thank you.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Estate Planning and Public Benefits for California on

Q: Can I receive Social Security retirement payments (est. $2200/mo) while continuing to work?

Turned 66 this August, have not applied for Social Security or Medicare benefits yet. Will continue working, salary $131K/year. Resident of CA.

I understand that there will be a reduction in my first benefit payment based on a portion of the amount I earned in before turning 66 this month.... Read more »

Zaher Fallahi answered on Dec 16, 2015

Eligible people may draw social security benefits. Depending on the level of income, up to 85% of social security income may be taxable. The information presented herein is for general purposes only. It is not intended to, and may not be construed as legal, tax or accounting advice. For specific... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for California on

Q: How do I sign up social security disability

Jake Causing Santos answered on Jun 3, 2012

You can apply for Social Security disability on the official website at www.ssa.gov or you can call 800-772-1213 to find out how to set an appointment at your local Social Security office. I note though that obtaining benefits is not as simple as just "signing up" for Social Security Disability... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Public Benefits for California on

Q: I need to know if i am entitled to receive my health and welfare benefits that were deducted from my check?

Glen D. Duvel answered on Dec 16, 2010

If you were wrongfully terminated, as part of your damages, you are entitled to lost wages from the time of your firing until the time of re-employment at a same or similar wage. Lost wages includes health and welfare benefits.

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