Public Benefits Questions & Answers by State

Public Benefits Questions & Answers

Q: How do I get a copy of my grandmother's will apparently I was left something in the will but no one ever told me

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Probate for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Mar 28, 2018
Michael Drew Raisman's answer
If the will was probated, then you can get a copy at the local Register of Wills. You can also reach out to the executor who has an obligation to notify all heirs that an estate has been opened.
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Q: I had an eyebrow tattoo.The esthetician posted pictures of my eyebrows on her Instagram without my consent.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Copyright, Business Law, Public Benefits and Communications Law for Virginia on
Answered on Mar 12, 2018
Timothy R Johnson's answer
You may have claims against her for misappropriation of your likeness for commercial purposes. If you want her to stop her conduct immediately and have the pictures removed, you may want to consult an attorney to send her a letter informing her of her privacy infringements and warning that further action will result in her being taken to court.
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Q: 3 kids not related to me I take care of for 1 month and the mom is not around how do I get custody

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Public Benefits for Georgia on
Answered on Mar 9, 2018
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer
You can't without the consent of a parent.
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Q: How can I bring a case of being wrongfully terminated based on medical discrimination.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Public Benefits for New York on
Answered on Feb 16, 2018
Emre Polat Esq.'s answer
Contact for a consultation to determine your rights. Did you ask for an accommodation? It’s unlawful to terminate an employee if they have a disability or a perceived disability under the ADA and NY laws.
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Q: In Michigan, due to a traffic violation in a vehicle, does the passenger also have to give I.d?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights, Public Benefits and Small Claims for Michigan on
Answered on Feb 15, 2018
Brent T. Geers' answer
On the street with the police is not the place to make these sort of challenges. Generally, you have a legal obligation to stop and identify yourself at an officer's request - this includes passengers in a vehicle. However, unless the passenger has active warrants or is otherwise arrestable, that should end the encounter.

Being pulled over "for no reason" is a fact intensive inquiry that would need to be made in court.
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Q: Do I have to release ALL of my medical records for a workers' comp claim?

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Public Benefits for California on
Answered on Feb 13, 2018
Domingo Castillo Jr's answer
You need to hire a Workers Comp Attorney to adddess your claim and protect you from the insurance carrier and all their tricks. As a prior claims adjuster and insurance attorney, they will are not your friends and will do anything to shift the blame against your prior medical pasts away from the industrial accident. Look for a Workers Comp Attorney. Most offer free consultations and only charge 15% of the settlement.
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Q: employee driving co truck got rear ended.. took to hospital. how can he get medical bills paid. In florida so pip

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Public Benefits for Florida on
Answered on Feb 9, 2018
Andy Wayne Williamson's answer
This should be a workers comp issue. The injured party needs to consult with a workers comp hearings asap. The company's response of no fault is not correct and they should be telling the injury party to seek a workers comp claim. You can use the find a lawyer feature of this site to look for workers comp attorneys in your area.
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Q: What kind of attorney do I need to review and represent me with my domestic relation case?? Thank you

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Public Benefits, Child Custody and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Feb 7, 2018
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
You need an experienced family law attorney. Child support issues are among those that we regularly handle.
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Q: The state of Michigan named a guy the father of my two kids by default. He's not on birth

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Public Benefits for Michigan on
Answered on Feb 2, 2018
John Joseph Rizzo III's answer
I do not think that the state trying to get reimbursement from him for the assistance you received gives him any legal rights to the children. He could file a paternity action to get rights to the child that is his, but if he has not done that and he is not on the birth certificate, I do not see how he currently would have any rights.
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Q: Concerning federal poverty level. Are disabled ssdi and veterans benefits countable income for poverty chart?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Social Security, Tax Law and Public Benefits for Michigan on
Answered on Jan 30, 2018
John Joseph Rizzo III's answer
I believe the answer could change based on the facts. For instance, many people use SSDI and SSI interchangeably when they are very different programs. If you receive SSI, you should be automatically eligible for the fee waiver. If you receive SSDI, that will probably count against you when looking at the federal poverty levels. Veterans benefits would be similar. A pension should automatically grant eligibility, but compensation would count against you. If you could confirm the benefits...
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Q: Is the school district part of the local Government?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Education Law and Public Benefits for Arizona on
Answered on Jan 29, 2018
Lori E. Arons' answer
The school district is considered a part of the local government. Public schools are funded by local taxes and are run by elected officials.
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Q: Is it ilegal to carry a pocket knife in new York state

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Criminal Law for New York on
Answered on Jan 24, 2018
Samuel C. Breslin's answer
New York knife laws are very complicated. Some knives are absolutely illegal (including gravity knives, switchblade knives, pilum ballistic knives, metal knuckle knives, and cane swords). Other knives, like what you are describing, are more likely covered by Penal Law 260.15(4) which states that "the possession by any person of any dagger, dirk, stiletto, dangerous knife or any other weapon, instrument, appliance or substance designed, made or adapted for use primarily as a weapon, is...
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Q: I have 2 tix. Speeding/no show. Yet they're from 3 years ago. Are they still valid?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Appeals / Appellate Law, Collections and Public Benefits for California on
Answered on Jan 14, 2018
Dale S. Gribow's answer
they will stay there until taken care of and they are now bench warrants.

that makes it a little more challenging for you and your lawyer.

go to court and work out a payment plan.
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Q: If my father is under the care of his brother who is not using his disability check correctly

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Elder Law, Public Benefits and Social Security for California on
Answered on Jan 4, 2018
Priscilla Ann Madrid's answer
If you feel that your father is being financially abused by his brother the first step would be to file a report with adult protective services in your area. You may also want to file a petition for appointment of yourself as conservator of the person and estate of your father. Consult with an attorney in your area to determine whether this is a viable option. You can find out more about conservatorships on your local superior court website. Many courts offer conservatorship workshops for...
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Q: I was working(movie theater) on Christmas where we can't accept tips, but got an envelope "Merry Christmas" with money

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Public Benefits for Arizona on
Answered on Dec 27, 2017
Joel Friedman's answer
Your question is outside my practice area (work injuries) and I don't know any other lawyers who might be able to help. My first impression is that the fact you didn't know what was in the envelope until you opened it probably does not create an exception to the no tips rule, so if you know where the money came from you should return it. You otherwise should follow whatever directions you get from your employer
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Q: minimum height requirement of utilitiy lines that are in the air. how high do medicom cable above ground

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Public Benefits, Consumer Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Alabama on
Answered on Dec 8, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
Your state PUC will give you the requirements.
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Q: At what age in the state of Illinois could a kid determine who they live?

1 Answer | Asked in Government Contracts, Public Benefits and Family Law for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
There are procedures to have yourself declared an emancipated minor. Other than those, if the issue is custody a judge looks at what parent is likely to provide for you better, to oversee you better, and frankly to provide discipline better. Your thoughts would be taken into consideration but aren't decisive. Understand if you are emancipated that also means no one has to support you.
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Q: Where do I get the waiver form to fill out for my Indiana license reinstatement?

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Government Contracts, Public Benefits and Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Answered on Dec 6, 2017
Andrew Bennett's answer
If you have not yet gotten your reinstatement fees waived you can go online to and find the information and the forms. If you do not have a computer, then consider the public library.
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Q: Can my citizen children and I receive Medicaid even though my husband is a a green card holder with a sponsor?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Public Benefits for Louisiana on
Answered on Nov 21, 2017
Hector E. Quiroga's answer
US citizens are eligible for means tested public benefits, even if they are married to someone who is undocumented.
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Q: Is it right for anyone take video or pictures of me and family ? And make funny things of me in snapchat.Thanks

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Public Benefits, Social Security and Criminal Law for Oklahoma on
Answered on Nov 17, 2017
Gary Johnston Dean's answer
It's OK to take your picture in public, and post it, as long as they didn't libel you.

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