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

Q: I am 56 yr male. I have been butcher for 33 years,only profession I know. Have glaucoma for 15 years. Take 4 medicines

Daily. Right eye 20/200 with 70% loss of vision. Left eye 20/50 with 60% vision loss. Can I qualify ssdi

Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 22, 2019

An attorney who deals with SSDI matters (and who could hopefully give you meaningful direction here) would have better chances of picking up your question if you added a couple of categories, or reposted. Try adding "Social Security" and "Public Benefits" to your categories. Or you could also... Read more »

Q: SSDI hearing

Will I get denied if I do not have an attorney at my court hearing?

Cristina M. Lipan answered on Aug 19, 2019

You won't get denied just because you don't have an attorney, but you're much more likely to be successful if you have one. That's because an attorney will know what records you need and will argue why you should be considered disabled. However, you will need to get an attorney as soon as the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Education Law and Public Benefits for Arizona on

Q: I'm a senior in college and I've been using FAFSA ever since freshman year. Will that hinder my citizenship application?

I've never failed any classes. I'm actually an honor roll student and have been awarded scholarships.

Kevin L Dixler answered on Aug 13, 2019

If you have falsely claimed to be a U. S. citizen on the FAFSA, among other issues, you can be placed in removal proceedings for deportation.

I strongly recommend an appointment or teleconference with a competent and experienced immigration attorney before there are any complications. Good...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Public Benefits and Social Security for Texas on

Q: can the Social Security Administration count my undocumented aliens spouse's income against me and stop my SSI benefits

My husband does not have a SSN and is not authorized to work in the US. We are in the process of applying for his green card but still not been approved. I receive SSI & Medicaid. I reported my marriage to my husband immediately after getting married but the rep told me that since he wasn't... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler answered on Aug 6, 2019

This seems a bit more complicated. More information is needed. Do you have a joint sponsor? Your husband should qualify for work authorization if he is eligible to adjust status. If not, due to complications with filing, it seems like you need an attorney, soon!

If "the rep" is not an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for Nevada on

Q: If I had a drug Felony in 1993 from a different state can I work in a dispensary

Patricia Warnock answered on Jul 26, 2019

To work in a marijuana establishment in Nevada, you must obtain an agent card. You should review the requirements for obtaining an agent card to see if you qualify as there are several requirements, including references to previous drug convictions. The application is on the Nevada Department of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Public Benefits for Texas on

Q: Can I sensor tax returns they are requesting?

Im currently under investigation by the OIG for HHSC for medicaid and food stamp fraud. I haven't been charged yet. But they are wanting me to submit copies of the kids dads tax returns for the past 8 years. He is currently under an IRS audit after the tax preparer made a mistake on his income. He... Read more »

Roy Lee Warren answered on Jul 13, 2019

Remember, if the fish kept it's mouth shut it would not have got caught.

Because OIG is attempting to prosecute you, hire a lawyer to represent you. I would not trust them because if they just need to confirm his address they d/n need 8 years. Also going back that far in time could subject...
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1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for Georgia on

Q: GA Code § 1-2-3 (2018) Under this code how is the citizenship of the state of Georgia is acquired?

Ecleynne Mercy answered on Jul 10, 2019

All citizens of the United States, resident in Georgia, are citizens of Georgia.

Ga. Const. 1983, Art. I, § I, ¶ VII.

Until citizenship is acquired elsewhere, a citizen of Georgia continues to be a citizen of the state and of the United States.

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice and Public Benefits for Iowa on

Q: What kind of lawyer do I need if an inpatient mental health facility violated their policies?

I placed my teenage daughter in an inpatient mental health facility that had strict guidelines regarding who could contact her and how. She was not allowed to have contact with anyone that I, personally did not put on her list, which was password protected by a password I chose. She could not... Read more »

Erik Luthens answered on Jun 26, 2019

Did you have a written agreement between the health care facility and you? If so, are the conditions / terms which you assert were violated specifically delineated in the agreement? How have you and / or your daughter been damaged by the health care facility’s breach of the agreement?

2 Answers | Asked in Products Liability, Civil Rights and Public Benefits for New York on

Q: If someone form the streets, were to come up to you and hand you something. Then say it cost 20$ are you obligated to

pay them, even though they didn't tell you anything about the price when handing it to you?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 15, 2019

No. But give it back.

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1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for Michigan on

Q: What is the definition of family in michigan?

If I live with my girlfriend and her kids do I count as part of the family? For section 8 housing HUD calculations...I take care of her kids while she works but my landlord says I have to do community service if I am not working (which I can't as I take care of homeschooled children all day).... Read more »

Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 6, 2019

What defines a family varies. A common definition - the one I suspect may apply in your case - is that "family" has blood or legal ties to each other. You have neither.

The reason being is that the state sees your situation as having it both ways: by virtue of you living together, you're...
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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for Mississippi on

Q: How do I appeal a court case?

The judge did not even let me explain my side of the story. He automatically sided with the plaintiff without going over any evidence that I brought to court to present to him. I feel like I was discriminated against, but I have no idea why.

Tim Akpinar answered on May 27, 2019

A starting point could be to contact an attorney in Mississippi for a brief consultation to review the decision and the grounds for appeal. As a general matter, keep in mind that the period in which to file appeals is generally short (in the order of days with many matters). Also keep in mind that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for Arizona on

Q: If a party is working for a state agency can they still get state assistance

Peter N. Munsing answered on May 23, 2019

Usually most state jobs would pay enough to make them ineligible but if working part time they might be eligible for certain programs like food stamps etc depending on family circumstances.

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for Tennessee on

Q: I was just denied after my hearing should I keep fighting or start over

Peter N. Munsing answered on May 23, 2019

Consult your local Legal Services Legal Aid. Usually it's worth an appeal but I'm not seeing any details and it's best you get with legal services.

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law, Gov & Administrative Law, Government Contracts and Public Benefits for Georgia on

Q: how do I be a part of the senate in the state of Georgia in 2019?

I am a 29 year civilian ga resident in the state of ga.

I will be 30 years old in the next two months in August. What do I have to do? I have been a local resident in the city of Decatur for 10 years.

Peter N. Munsing answered on May 23, 2019

in most states you petition to get on the ballot. Contact the Ga.Secretary of State's office. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith and Public Benefits for Washington on

Q: My husband is disabled, receives Medicare with prescriptions cov. with Cigna. Five reimbursement checks bounced. Help.

Cigna did not coordinate their benefits with Nathan's primary insurance coverage through Regence. Cigna did not cover any copays for 3 years. We didn't quite understand the magnitude until speaking to our pharmacy and doing some investigating. We spent hours and hours collecting print outs from... Read more »

Vincent J. Bernabei answered on May 9, 2019

If you have received bad checks, you can recover from the company issuing the checks the costs of collecting the amount of the check, including attorney's fees, interest on the amount of the check which accrues at the rate of twelve percent per annum from the date of dishonor; and three hundred... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Public Benefits for New York on

Q: Who to go to for former corrupt customs admin decades ago with valid evidence of drug smuggling operations whistleblowin

Friend worked for former border patrol, customs enforcement and secret service for Carter and Ford and has photos and documents of his involvement in drug enforcement operations, and a former boss was suppose to turn in narcotics and arrest those involved yet turned around and gave it back and did... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 6, 2019

Unfortunately--even if everything you said is 100% true--there is nothing anyone can do about it today. Why? Because of the extremely, long period of time that has elapsed between the time of the drug-related issues (late seventies) and now.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Public Benefits and Social Security on

Q: can i use any small content of a book(any quote) in social media post??

this will be for a transformation purpose in people's thinking and mindset and i may also earn some money in that process..

Peter N. Munsing answered on May 1, 2019

Only if you quote it and note where it's from such as:

" Keep lookin, and you'll find, you'll find, what you need " Blodgett, Martha, How I Hope to Get Rich Someday, Putnam (1998)

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for California on

Q: Do you have to get drug tested for all 3 years on probation?

For California San Mateo County

Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 29, 2019

more info needed.

everything is controlled by the judges orders or terms and conditions.

you should pose any questions like this to the lawyer who represented you on the case as s/he will understand the sentence.

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law, Public Benefits and Social Security for Texas on

Q: Are there protection laws for back pay or funds received from SSDI that a person took and invested ?

An individual received SSDI,(not SSI) along with back pay, after a long struggle with the Social Security Adm., in mid-spring of '18. Upon receiving the back pay, this person, who doesn't have a 401k, nest egg, family support...etc., decided to invest a percentage of the money into stocks & such,... Read more »

Roy Lee Warren answered on Apr 16, 2019

THANK you for an excellent question. I believe you and I would get along great. The situation of which you speak is one of the more ridiculous scenarios of SSI in my opinion. However I am sure it makes sense to those that wrote the law. SSI benefits are based on need so if the person that receives... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Admiralty / Maritime, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for Arizona on

Q: Does Az.District Court Judge have a deadline to approve a fee waiver? We cannot "Serve" defendant until it is approved.

Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 5, 2019

An attorney would likely want to see additional details here, possibly including pleadings, orders, agreements, and other related paperwork.

Tim Akpinar

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