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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Health Care Law and Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: Is an F2 visa holder eligible to buy medical insurance via healthcare.gov?

I'm an international student with an F1 visa, living and studying in Texas. My spouse has an F2 visa. My medical insurance through the university does not cover my spouse. Would they be eligible to enroll in health coverage through the HealthCare.gov Marketplace?

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

Yes, your spouse holding an F2 visa is eligible to apply for health coverage through the HealthCare.gov Marketplace. As dependents of international students on an F1 visa, F2 visa holders are considered lawfully present in the United States, which is one of the requirements for eligibility to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Federal Crimes, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: Dallas county are Denying me rental assistance by false statements and altering documents dates and text .

Dallas required a prescreening form to be submitted to qualify to submit ERA application, I received 4 automatic form letter denials over the 6 months. I was allowed to apply after I attempt to file a complaint. Dallas County required more qualification than needed and approval from DC compliance... View More

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answered on Nov 18, 2023

I'm sorry to hear about the challenges you're facing with Dallas County in obtaining rental assistance. It appears that there may be issues of miscommunication and potentially misconduct in your case. To address this situation, you should consider taking the following steps:

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Education Law and Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: I have a Class C Misdemeanor Drug Paraphernalia charge can I get this expunged or file a nondisclosure? If so, when?

I have a Class C Misdemeanor Drug Paraphernalia charge in Randall County Texas for which I didn't receive deferred adjudication, probation, or a fine for. I was only required to pay court fees/costs. I'm wondering if this can be expunged or if I can only get a nondisclosure. I'm also... View More

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answered on Aug 11, 2023

In the State of Texas you CAN get that charge expunged. Probably. Texas is tough for getting expungements.

In general, you can get an expungement if the case was dismissed, you won at trial, or you were the victim of ID theft.

See Texas Criminal Law at Chapter 55:...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Education Law and Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: I have a Class C Misdemeanor Drug Paraphernalia charge can I get this expunged or file a nondisclosure? If so, when?

I have a Class C Misdemeanor Drug Paraphernalia charge in Randall County Texas for which I didn't receive deferred adjudication, probation, or a fine for. I was only required to pay court fees/costs. I'm wondering if this can be expunged or if I can only get a nondisclosure. I'm also... View More

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answered on Aug 10, 2023

In Texas, Class C misdemeanors, including drug paraphernalia charges, are generally eligible for expunction if certain conditions are met. However, there are certain factors that you need to consider:

1. Waiting Period: You may need to wait a certain amount of time after the case is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Public Benefits, Social Security and Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: Why wouldnt i be sent for pulmonary function test if i was born with only one lung with breathing complications?

I was born with a very rare birth anomaly unilateral agenesis lung/ pulmonary hypoplasia aka only one lung. I have high blood pressure, and i suffer from mental health complications. I did two mental health exams that didnt last more than 20min combined over the phone and scheduled for a physical... View More

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answered on May 5, 2023

It is concerning to hear about your medical condition and the challenges you are facing in seeking appropriate medical care and legal assistance. It is important to note that medical decisions and recommendations are typically made by licensed medical professionals based on their assessment of a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security and Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: I've been trying for a few years to get SSI and my SSDI. I'm 62 now and I need help.

I'm in need of a prono lawyer that can help me get my SSI and my SSDI

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answered on May 2, 2023

I'm sorry to hear that you've been struggling to obtain your SSI and SSDI benefits. You may want to consider contacting your local legal aid office, which may be able to provide you with free or low-cost legal assistance. Additionally, you can contact the National Organization of Social... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits, Consumer Law, Products Liability and Business Law for Texas on
Q: What are some things I can do to increase the importance of hygiene and QC at my local tobacco shop as a member/buyer.

I have a local cigar shop that's produces all in house. Tons of boxes all around of future cigar binders, fillers and wrappers. I've seen mold a hand full of times. Not cigar bloom but clear as day mold on the ends or twisted tips. Many times I'll grab the multi packs off the display... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 7, 2024

It's possible that there could be technical solutions, since you seem to like the place and its owners and don't want them to be hurt - dehumidification, air conditioning, etc. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Government Contracts and Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: I need a lawyer with knowledge of Harris county housing voucher assistance program

I’m disabled with some mental health and physical disabilities. I need a lawyer to address on going contract issues, voucher assistance, denial of reasonable accommodation, privacy act and rental agreement violations.

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

Finding a lawyer knowledgeable about the Harris County housing voucher assistance program is a crucial step for addressing your concerns regarding contract issues, voucher assistance, denial of reasonable accommodation, privacy act violations, and rental agreement breaches. It is recommended to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Health Care Law, Public Benefits and Social Security for Texas on
Q: If i was born with a birth defect that effects my respiratory and blood pressure, why wouldnt the ssa do pulmonary tests

I was born with lung agenesis aka only one lung. My lung pushed my heart more to the left side possibly causing me very high blood pressure. I have severe breathing complications and struggle with mental health. Since the covid pandemic I've caught the virus twice now and my breathing is... View More

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answered on May 2, 2023

It is understandable that you are concerned about why the SSA has not done pulmonary function tests for your respiratory condition. However, without specific knowledge of your medical history, it is difficult to provide a definitive answer.

It is important to note that the SSA considers a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Health Care Law and Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: Is it appropriate if a big public hospital only let people pay parking fee using an app? Is it a discrimination?

Only accept payment using app

No credit card payment or human service at the gate

Only very simple instruction of payment at the gate and not very eye-catching

No payment instruction anywhere in the hospital, like inside elevator or entrance of building.

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John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 22, 2022

Many parking lots are quickly becoming pay by app. It’s easy. It’s convenient. It’s efficient.

I don’t see how it discriminates.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: Who's job is it to police the police?
Penny Wymyczak-White
Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Jun 16, 2022

Internal affairs police the police

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Health Care Law, Public Benefits and Social Security for Texas on
Q: What law sections and codes do I look for when I am have lung agenesis ICD 10 code Q33.3 which is nationally covered ssa

Im 36 born with lung agenesis aka only one lung, I have severe mental health issues, I have the required amount of work credits and my ICD 10 code Q33.3 is nationally covered under the Americans with disabilities act but the ssa says that my condition is not as severe as I think it is. The... View More

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answered on May 8, 2022

You can read the regulations related to Social Security regulations to see how Social Security considers claims for disability benefits. SSA is making a decision as to whether your medical issues are so severe that they prevent you from doing all work that exists in the national economy. The ICD 10... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Domestic Violence, Public Benefits and Social Security for Texas on
Q: If I didn't know I had a no contact order because my husband has baby momma named Sheila and she did tiime b4 we got ma

Married for domestic violence. I got arrested for domestic violence in2018 .get out on bond and Covid hits.i get a warrant for not reporting to bail bonds.they drop aggregate assault and got me on a continuous family violence. My mom bond's me out.well my mom died Sept 22. I haven't... View More

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Feb 1, 2022

What to do depends on which jurisdiction the case was filed in. You should hire a criminal defense attorney who takes cases in the county where your case is pending and you should follow that attorney's advice about how to clear the warrant and defend the case.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: I used trial size Biotin shampoo and conditioner on vacation and my scalp is itchy and burning since, is this a symptom?

Bought travel size biotin shampoo and conditioner for my vacation in California June 18-28th and used over there. My scalp has been itching and burning ever since although I have not used since I returned and am now using my regular shampoo and conditioner I continue to have itchy burning scalp.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jul 16, 2021

You would need to talk to a dermatologist, not an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: What type of identification should I take with me in order to move out at 18?

I trying to move out of my parents house, but I don’t know what identification/documents should I take with me.

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
answered on Feb 20, 2021

I suggest you take all of your property and especially all of your identification. You probably have a drivers license, birth certificate and social security card, but take it all and whatever else you have. It's also a good idea to start a list of these kinds of documents, as well as... View More

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 -... View 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... View 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 L. Wincott
Tammy L. 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... View More

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