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Blog Posts in January, 2014

  • When you apply for disability benefits, you may also qualify for a medical-vocational allowance. You can determine whether or not you are eligible for this program by learning your residual functional capacity or RFC. This is your capability to do work-related activities despite limitations or restrictions that occurred as a result of your impairment. If you are assessed for an RFC, the test will ...
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  • What is Non-Disclosure?

    || 27-Jan-2014

    Non-disclosure applies to cases where a defendant requests that his or her deferred adjudication community supervision records be made private. Essentially, a non-disclosure ruling has the ability to make a crime confidential, so that it is not locatable on an individual's record. Expunctions can also take the record of an arrest off of an individual's record. These two tactics can be ...
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  • In Dallas, Texas, a dispute over cab fare lead to the discovery of a massive ID theft. Normally, it takes police months to piece together the evidence through meticulous investigations. In this case, a night on the town ended when the men took a cab back to a Dallas hotel. Upon arrival, the cab driver told them the cost of the trip, and the passengers disputed with him. One of the passengers ...
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  • In Texas divorce cases, the child support laws use the Percentage of Income Formula to calculate how much support the non-custodial parent must pay to the custodial parent. The formula applies a percentage to the income that the non-custodial parent earns. This percentage is based on the number of children that need support. The Texas divorce court may order that both parents pay child support for ...
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  • Parkinson's Disease and SSDI

    || 20-Jan-2014

    Parkinson's Disease (PD) is a motor system disorder, and affects a person's ability to control their own movements. Tremors are the most common symptom of PD< but the disease can also produce stiffness, speech changes, dementia, and impaired coordination. This is a degenerative disease, which means that oftentimes it can progressively get worse as time goes on. Unfortunately, there is ...
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  • The state of Texas is considered a community property state. This means that individuals who file for divorce in Texas will need to divide all property properly. All property that is acquired during the marriage is considered community property, even if only one spouse's name is on the title. This is given the fact that the item was purchased during the marriage. There are some instances in ...
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  • Plano Police Arrest Local Carjacker

    || 20-Jan-2014

    A Plano resident with the initials D.M. was recently arrested after stealing a car from an off-duty police officer. The individual approached the off-duty officer at a convenience store on East Plano parkway. D.M. allegedly had a gun when he threatened a woman and took her keys. He then drove away in her car, unaware that her gun and badge were inside. The Plano Police SWAT Team was able to ...
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  • A recent study shows that many schools employ drug testing to deter students from using illegal narcotics, but these tests don't necessarily do anything to dissuade teens from lighting up or using. The Counsel and Heal reports that around 20 percent of all high schools in America use drug testing to discourage teenagers from using any illegal substances. Normally, screening is issued to any ...
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  • In Texas, the wait times for an ALJ hearing for Social Security Disability are typically shorter than the rest of the United States. While the disability benefits are provided by the federal government, the application process and the filing is taken care of by the state government. In the state of Texas, your application will be sent to the Texas Department of Assistance and Rehabilitative ...
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  • Come February, any Texans that are applying for unemployment benefits will be required to undergo a new drug screening procedure. Those that prove to have drugs in their system will not be permitted to receive unemployment benefits from the state. Recently, the Texas Workforce Commission announced that it will not be able to start the program on the state's timetable because the United States ...
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  • Defense for Telephone Scam Accusations

    || 13-Jan-2014

    Recently, the Plano Police Department chose to make the public aware of a scam that is going on in the area. Some individuals have been contacting Plano residents and claiming that they represent the police or sheriff's department. Others say that they are from the FBI or the IRS. These devious callers tell their victims that a complaint has been filed against them and that the arrest warrant ...
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  • What are the Holley Factors in Divorce?

    || 13-Jan-2014

    In Texas, the Holley factors govern the majority of all child custody cases. The Holley Factors are factors that were decided upon in the case Holley V. Adams. These factors can be divided up into three broad factors. The court first is required to evaluate a parent's eligibility to have custody of the child based on his or her ability to care for the child. This category factors in how much ...
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  • Heart transplants are widely considered one of the most serious surgeries performed in hospitals throughout America. If you undergo a heart surgery, you will need to take a long time to recover from the very serious procedure. That is why the Social Security Administration has listed a heart transplant as one of the transplants that qualify for disability. Heart transplants are a rare exception ...
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  • Motor vehicle theft is considered one of the top 10 most common crimes in the United States according to List Dose. People get their cars stolen on a frequent basis. Sometimes, alarm systems and car locks are not enough to fend off greedy thieves who want to drive off in your vehicle. Some vehicle thefts are premeditated, but many happen when an individual is on the run and needs a car fast. Tools ...
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  • New Drug on the Market in Texas

    || 9-Jan-2014

    The Texas DEA says that there is a new drug on the market that is sending individuals in the area to the emergency room with serious side effects. Street dealers are calling this new injectable drug "krokadil" which is a Russian work for "crocodile." The drug is also nicknamed "poor man's heroin" as it gives off some of the same effects as heroin but infects the ...
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  • There is a common assumption in divorces that mothers have an advantage over fathers when it comes to arguing for child custody. Yet the Texas courts are legally obligated to avoid considering the gender of a parent when making decisions regarding custody. The courts are also not permitted to consider the gender of the children in correlation with the gender of the parents petitioning for custody. ...
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