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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 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 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 contact... Read more »

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:

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 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 veterans... Read more »

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 for... Read more »

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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 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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