Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer This is largely defined by the lease agreement. Section 8 (or a normal lease) generally prevent long-term occupancy by parties not listed on the lease agreement. The term is defined by the lease agreement. For most agreements, this is usually a month or less. That said, a lot is determined by the landlord and how aggressively (if at all) the landlord enforces this term.
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer It depends on the nature of the Section 8 termination hearing. If it was solely based on a criminal charge, the dismissal should bar a termination based on criminal conduct. If the termination had other claims unrelated to the criminal charges, the dismissal may not impact these grounds for a termination hearing.
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer I am not familiar with all the specific of HUD regulations, but as a general rule for most agency office reviews, lawyers for the agency are not involved. A lawyer for the agency will only be present if the office appealing party notifies that they will retain a lawyer (as you correctly did). Since you notified that you would not be retaining a lawyer (I assume reasonably before the hearing), HUD probably should have terminated their request for a lawyer. This, obviously, did not happen. As for...
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer It is common practice for the government to take priority for TANF payments when back child support is paid. If you feel this was an error and/or you want to pursue civil collections against your ex I suggest that you hire a lawyer. There are also some pro bono resources which may be available: http://www.intotolegal.com/upcoming%20Events/Pro%20Bono%20Services.html .
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer You can hire a lawyer (which is easier), but you can also see if you can resolve yourself. You will likely need to be present with your brothers for your office visit. See if you can schedule an appointment at your local SS office (expect this not to work). If you cannot schedule an appointment, then you will need to go to the office and wait (expect 2-3 hour wait). There is sometimes some useful information on the My Social Security webpage (I have found it to be occasionally unhelpful).
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer Is this currently in probate? If it is, the personal representative may want to contact a lawyer to review options for returning the check. If the estate is not currently in probate, I would recommend that the family (ideally the likely personal representative included) make an appointment with your local Social Security Office. This issue here is not the that the check should be returned, the issue is whether the family has the legal power to return the check. Proper notification should cure...
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