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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Government Contracts and Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: Could you clarify how/why the minority of the Court favours an economic model of state paternalism / social democracy?

This is regarding the Supreme court case, Lochner v. New York, 198 U.S. 45 (1905)

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 9, 2020

There's considerable discussion and material on this case online. It could take some effort to narrow the issues down to the specific manner outlined in the description above. One starting point could be the U.S. Supreme Court's blog -... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: How do I get percentage commission without getting a realtor for the sale of a friend's home that I sold .

I did a friend a favor and I got a buyer for her home on a mortgage short sale.

Mortgage company guidelines state she needs a realtor to sell her home.

I am not a realtor or licensed .

Yet how do I go about it to get that 6% commission from mortgage company?

What... Read more »

Gregory Byrnes
Gregory Byrnes answered on Apr 29, 2020

I don't practice Texas law, however, you probably can't get a commission legally because you need to be licensed either as a real estate agent or broker. You could look into whether it is permissible to receive a finders fee in Texas: https://legalbeagle.com/8579336-texas-finders-fee-laws.html

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Public Benefits and Immigration Law for Texas on
Q: Is there any issue with permanent residents accepting government aid?

If a permanent resident accept FAFSA gift aid, is there any possibility the government will inquire it back? For example if the government gifted me $4000 could they charge it back?

Robert Roy Klein
Robert Roy Klein answered on Apr 21, 2020

Permanent residents may receive FAFSA. There might be other reasons that they might want you to pay it back, like for fraud. As for you being a permanent resident, it won't have any effect on citizenship.

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: Section 8 voucher

I believe my housing voucher was wrongfully terminated when looking for a lawyer would that be considered landlord tenant

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Dec 19, 2019

Yes and there are specific real estate/landlord/tenant lawyers that practice in the area of housing assistance so you'll need to narrow your search some.

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Consumer Law and Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: Should I get a lawyer to help me get me out if a disability program

I'm Tiffany I'm living in midland tx I'm in a disability program that i really want out of and I feel like I'm be here forever I just really want out of this programr should I get a lawyer to help me get out and what kind would I need

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 25, 2019

A Texas attorney could answer your question best, but it remains open for a week. It's difficult to determine how difficult it would be to get out of the program without knowing about its terms and what conditions or laws govern leaving the program. One option to learn more could be to conduct... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Public Benefits and Social Security for Texas on
Q: Im looking a kick the door open lawyer!

I have two polices with aig AD&D my company keeps telling me for a month now there reviewing my case. I lost my shoulder, arm, & hand due to part injury and part cancer. I have paid in full to aig and now i should collect. Please let me know what you think.

Ronald Dean Gresham
Ronald Dean Gresham answered on Sep 4, 2019

HI. I will need more information from you to answer your question. How did you lose shoulder, arm, and hand due in part to an injury? What injury? You can always email me directly at dean@greshamlawgroup.com or call me at 972-387-4040 and ask for Dean Gresham.

Thank you.

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... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
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"...
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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... Read more »

Roy Lee Warren
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...
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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... Read more »

Roy Lee Warren
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 Traffic Tickets, Gov & Administrative Law, Municipal Law and Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: Can a city reimburse council members for purchase of concert tickets?
Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Nov 14, 2018

It depends on the totality of the circumstances.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Probate, Public Benefits and Social Security for Texas on
Q: How do I amend my child's birth certificate to add her deceased father to it ?

My daughter's father passed before she was born. My son receives the social security survivors benefits. Social security told me to get a legal sibling DNA test and to send them the sealed document. They rejected her application because I did not amend her birth certificate. I was told to... Read more »

Robert W. Leonard Jr.
Robert W. Leonard Jr. answered on Oct 8, 2018

You can review the information provided at the Texas Department of State Health Services, VItal Statistics division to review the process. Here is the link:

https://dshs.texas.gov/vs/reqproc/amendparentage.shtm

Since you will need a court order, it would be best if you contact a...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: Is vigilantism federally illegal or is it up to each state as to whether or not it is legal within the state?
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on May 31, 2018

What, like Batman?

You're going to need to be a tad more specific ... at least specific enough to determine whether the question involves a matter of state law, federal law, or both.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: I have had long term disability benefits offset by veterans disability benefits unjustly

Received LTD benefits from Liberty Mutual Ins. for 2 years. During that time, I started receiving VA disability benefits. LTD benefits were "offset" by Liberty Mutual to the tune of $62,400. The issue is the vague language used to justify the offset which did not specifically mention... Read more »

Roy Lee Warren
Roy Lee Warren answered on Sep 30, 2016

Wow, it looks as though you have done your homework! This is one of those areas where I like to shout from the rooftops. My opinion; carriers should not be allowed to sell LTD because when a person qualifies for LTD the carrier has a provision in its policy allowing its' self to take a credit... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: Got denied SIBs for first QTR cause my lawyer said I didnt need to keep search log due to state dr report on my injury

Just turned in second QTR SIB app with work search log. If their ins fights back, does my attorney only get 25% if he wins?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 23, 2016

Their insurance may fight back regardless of what you do. Read your fee agreement. If it is a contingent fee, the "contingent" is the lawyer succeeding.

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