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Blog Posts in August, 2014

  • 79th Anniversary of Social Security

    || 27-Aug-2014

    August 14 th marked the 79 th anniversary of the passage of Social Security. On August 14th, 1935, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. The 1935 Act covered retirement benefits for commerce and industry workers only. The Act was conceived in response to the Great Depression, when over 50% of senior citizens were faced with poverty, to help with unexpected economic troubles and ...
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  • A 60 year old man was arrested in far North Dallas on Tuesday, August 12th. The suspect had been accused of shooting at firefighters and police officers responding to the scene and placing explosives outside of a home in Dallas. He will be charged with seven counts of aggravated assault on a public servant. Shooter Harms None Firefighters were called to a dumpster fire on Monday afternoon, and ...
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  • In March, a South Texas attorney and 18 others were sentenced to federal prison in connection with a drug trafficking conspiracy. In 2012 and 2013, over 27,000 pounds of marijuana were transported by this group on behalf of the Delfino Bazan Drug Trafficking Organization. Operation Casanova Reveals Marijuana Trafficking The leader, Bazan would receive shipments to sell around Houston. It is ...
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  • Establishing Paternity in Texas

    || 25-Aug-2014

    Why is Establishing Paternity Important? In Texas, a child born to parents that are not married does not have a legal father. Biological fatherhood and legal fatherhood differs in the state. Until a father becomes a legal father, the court looks at the relationship between the parent and the child differently. Child support, visitation rights, health insurance benefits, and other government ...
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  • The age at which you file for Social Security can have a profound effect on the types of benefits that you receive. While eligible to file at age 62, unless it is financially necessary, waiting to take advantage of these benefits can make retirement a much better experience. For those waiting to file, three important points come under consideration. Still Working into Retirement Age If you are ...
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  • In a recent news event written about by the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC, two Wylie teenagers have been accused of murdering a classmate as a way to protect the victim's girlfriend. As ruled by a judge, the second accused teenager will face trial as an adult. The first teen, accused of strangling a classmate on March 8 th, will also be tried as an adult. How the Ruling Will Affect the Teen The ...
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  • Lien Put on Home of Deion Sanders

    || 19-Aug-2014

    Due to outstanding debt left as part of settlement between former football player Deion Sanders and his ex-wife Pilar, Sanders may lose his mansion in Texas. Sanders' divorce included a provision to pay the legal fees of his ex-wife. Her attorney claims that Sanders is not paying the $275,000 that is owed. The couple divorced last June. Divorce Decree As part of signing a divorce decree, both ...
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  • 2014 Social Security Trustees Report

    || 18-Aug-2014

    The Social Security Act requires an annual report to Congress to assess the futures of Social Security and Medicare. The recent 2014 Social Security Trustees report shows that Social Security will be able to pay full benefits for nearly two decades, but will face a huge financial shortfall after that time. While many think that Congress should begin addressing this issue immediately, nothing has ...
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  • Divorce can be tough, especially when there are young children in the picture. Children present a unique set of challenges in a divorce. Even before the age of three children are dealing with very important developmental and social milestones that need to be considered when enacting visitation rights for the child. Visitation for an Infant When children are under the age of six months, the primary ...
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  • Jim "Joe Wolf" Costa was arrested in Plano, Texas after months on the run from a Seattle, Washington robbery. Costa, along with Michael "Chief Little Bear" George, is charged with impersonating Native Americans from the Cherokee Nation to steal copper wire from a public utility. They are both facing charges for first-degree theft and first-degree trafficking in stolen property. ...
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  • Drug Charges & Pot Brownies A nineteen year-old teenager is facing life in prison over brownies laced with marijuana and hash oil he had allegedly baked in April. According to lab results, the teen used 2.5 grams of THC, the main mind-altering ingredient in marijuana, to bake a batch of pot brownies. Due to the use of hash oil, prosecutors can charge him by weight of the brownies, which brings ...
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  • Police in Texas have discovered large marijuana growing operations in Polk County, Texas for the second time in two weeks. The most recent discovery is a two-person operation covering five fields that span over 21 acres. In July, police discovered a marijuana farm worth $175 million. Farm Worth $11 Million The recently discovered farm is worth around $11 million. There were approximately 6,545 ...
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  • If you are a veteran or an active duty service member who became disabled while on active duty, you are eligible to get an expedited decision in your Social Security disability case. The disability does not need to be related to the individual's military duty, because the Social Security Administration (SSA) does not take into consideration where or how the disability occurred—so long as ...
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  • A Texas mother is facing murder charges after badly beating and killing her four year old daughter. The night before, the woman (here referred to as S.M.P.) was told by her husband that their marriage was over. According to the husband, G.W., and people who were close to the family, S.M.P. had always been jealous of the little girl. When G.W. awoke on Monday morning, he noticed that his wife and ...
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  • For 2014, the federal benefit rate (FBR) is $721 a month for an individual, and $1,082 for a couple. This FBR describes the maximum benefit payment, as well as the income limit for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). In order to collect these disability benefits, one must be under these limits. But what counts as income? How the Social Security Administration (SSA) Calculates Income A certain ...
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  • A Wylie teenager is being accused of murder—an act which he believes he performed as a way to protect the victim's girlfriend. The teen felt as if the girlfriend was being harmed by her boyfriend. It is still being determined whether he will be tried as an adult or if he will face charges at the juvenile level. The teen is one of two being accused of strangling their 17 year old ...
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  • Three Brownsville men have recently been sentenced to federal prison for the roles they played in a drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy. The three men, referred to here as R.R., R.R. Jr., and J.G., had previously pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, as well as conspiring to launder the drug proceeds. The U.S. District Judge ...
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  • Divorce and Life Insurance Matters

    || 4-Aug-2014

    During divorce, one aspect that is most likely not considered as much as it should be is life insurance matters. Before filing for divorce, it is helpful to gather all available information regarding the type of life insurance you and your children have. A spiteful spouse may try to cancel or change the beneficiary of your life insurance before or after the final divorce settlement is reached. To ...
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