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Q: I need help with filing my appeal for my disability with my social security redetermination.

I was approved by the SSA to be a disabled person in 2014. It was for depression and arthritis. I recently had to go for a redetermination and then was found to be not disabled and then was told that I was found disabled due to mood disorder and anxiety disorder and then that was never the reason... Read more »

Chase T Wilson answered on Oct 24, 2017

Call the Indiana BAR Association at (317) 639-5465. They'll be able to refer you to someone who handles SSI Claims.

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Q: My lawyer did nothing in my case was MIA FOR FOUR MONTHS

When we went to court the judge gave my ex every thing leaving me homeless and broke

Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Jul 29, 2017

Consult with a malpractice attorney in your area and if you wish to file a grievance against him or her you can do so with the disciplinary commission.

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Q: How do I turn in a lawyer for bad practices

He had his assistant telling me to steal soon to be ex credit cards charging over 10,000 for nothing was recused at court now I have nobody to represent me

Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Mar 27, 2017

You can report your lawyer for misconduct or bad practices to the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission.

Here is the link to their website:

http://www.in.gov/judiciary/discipline/2373.htm

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Q: In the state of IN can you legally hire an attorney you know personally outside of the case?

Paul Stanko answered on Sep 25, 2016

I see no reason why you could not retain an attorney you knew socially.

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Q: If I want to sue a lawyer for malpractice in Florida and I live in Indiana which state do I need to find a lawyer

Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 30, 2016

Florida. You have to sue where the act took place. Look for a member of the Fla. Assn for Justice in the county where the lawyer you want to sue works. They give free consultations.

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Q: Do I need to sign a "consent to withdraw" after firing my attorney in Indiana?

I told him I did not want to work with him any longer after he was very unprofessional. He sent me a "consent to withdraw" form. It seems to indicate that he initiated the break in our working relationship.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 3, 2016

You can reword it to say "I knowingly and willingly consent to Mr. withdrawing as counsel in my case."

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Q: My ex use to work for the prosecutors office. She has contacted an old friend at the court house asking to be notified

If I file any motions. Is this legal for the court employee to watch for and notify her?

Russell B. Cate answered on May 6, 2016

Court filings are a matter of public record so anyone can look to see what has been filed. I do not believe it is illegal for your ex's friend to "keep an eye out" for incoming filings.

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Q: My attorney charge me full rate instead of 45 percent when we settled our case can he do that

John M DeProspo answered on May 12, 2015

I'm not sure what you mean by "full rate." It all depends on the language in the retainer agreement. Ask him for an explanation. This would not be considered a legal malpractice issue.

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Q: I hire a lawyer, friend asks questions to lawyer, lawyer answer his questions is this a breach of contract?

I hired a lawyer, my friend was present at my meetings, i was never advised of my rights under the attorney client contract my friend asks questions to my lawyer about my case my lawyer answers them is this considered a breach of contract

Terrence Rubino answered on Jun 30, 2011

communications between a lawyer and a client are confidential. if you had a friend sit in with you and your lawyer then that confidentiality is waived as to that meeting. any questions answered by the lawyer to the friend at that meeting is acceptable.

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