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Blog Posts in March, 2014

  • When you are applying for SSDI benefits, the alleged onset date, or AOD is the date that you claim that your disability began. Depending on this date, you may be eligible for retroactive backpay. This is payments that can reach as far back as 12 months from the date that you applied for benefits depending on how long you have been disabled. You can receive 12 months of backpay if you can prove ...
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  • Social Media and Your Drug Case

    || 31-Mar-2014

    Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can get you in big trouble if you are posting unwise things online. These social media platforms are for "sharing." Many people share photos of themselves committing illegal crimes, without even being aware of the possibilities that the picture could lead to. For example, if a Texan posts a photo of him and his friends smoking ...
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  • What is Capital Murder in Texas?

    || 31-Mar-2014

    Probably the harshest penalties in the Texas justice system are reserved for those convicted of capital murder. Capital murder is the most severe type of killing that is described in the Texas Penal Code. According to §19.02(b)(1) a person commits capital murder if he or she murders a peace officer or fireman who is acting in the lawful discharge of an official duty. In this situation, the ...
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  • Do You Need Support Enforcement?

    || 31-Mar-2014

    After you and your spouse get a divorce, this doesn't mean that all problems will simply stop. In fact, in some situations, issues surrounding the divorce are just beginning. Many spouses may refuse to pay child or spousal support after they have been granted a divorce, even when it is deliberately listed in their divorce agreement. In these situations, the wisest choice is to demand support ...
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  • Texan Suing Divorce Attorney

    || 26-Mar-2014

    A Texas divorcee recently chose to sue his attorney after the lawyer signed an agreement to give the ex-wife 50 percent of his retirement account. The plaintiff claims that he never authorized he signature. He filed his lawsuit against the attorney in a Jefferson County District Court, citing criminal negligence, gross negligence, breach of duty fair dealing and breach of fiduciary duty. The ...
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  • A 19-year-old male was discovered dead in his apartment in Vickery Meadow. Currently, investigators suspect that the death is the result of a homicide. A relative discovered the teenager in the apartment around 11:00 a.m. in Texas. The Dallas County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. If the teen did die of a homicide, an investigation will ensue. The police have not yet released ...
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  • According to Allsup, women receiving disability benefits in 2013 averaged more than $1,000 per month. This is the highest figure that has been listed for women in recent years. In December 2012, the average monthly SSDI benefit for women was about $993. The figure rose to more than $1,011 by the end of 2013. The average SSDI benefits for men rose from $1,256 to about $1,271. According to research, ...
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  • Texas Deputy Arrested for Drug Dealing

    || 26-Mar-2014

    A former East Texas sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to six years in federal prison. Allegedly, the deputy dealt drugs while he was on duty, selling them to the very criminals that he was supposed to arrest. Prosecutors in Tyler, Texas say that the 39-year-old will serve his six years and will not be allowed to recover his job. The suspect worked for the Smith County Sheriff's ...
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  • Video Hearings in SSDI Cases

    || 17-Mar-2014

    More than ever before, people are attending video hearings concerning their eligibility for SSDI, instead of actually being present in the court room. According to Insurance News, the escalating number of video hearings points to the value of having a representative there to help you. In the fiscal year 2013, 179,308 people attended video hearings. This is more than double the amount of hearings ...
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  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation released video footage of the robbery that took place at a Bank of America last week in Plano, Texas. According to the footage, the men entered the bank brandished weapons, and then demanded money from the tellers at the front desk. After completing their crime, the suspects dashed back into a vehicle and drove away. The car was later discovered near the scene ...
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  • A lesbian couple that married in Washington D.C. filed to dissolve their divorce this week in a Texas court. The couple now lives in San Antonio. According to the San Antonio Express-News, this is the first divorce case between a homosexual couple that has been sought in Bexar County. Texas does not currently recognize same-sex marriages or divorces. Eight days after the original filing on ...
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  • A 58-year-old man, his wife and their 26-year-old son have all been arrested in connection with a drug ring. They are also charged with money laundering, as it is reported that they were laundering their earnings from the drug sales in order to avoid suspicion. The family is from Waco, Texas. According to CBS Houston, the family has been charged with conspiracy to possession with intent to ...
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  • Who are the top criminal defense trial lawyers for North Texas? According to The National Trial Lawyers, this list includes Plano Criminal Defense Attorney Jason Zendeh Del from the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC. This highly respected, invitation-only organization recently accepted Attorney Zendeh as a member, naming him as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the North Texas region. These are ...
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  • Two boys at Wylie East High School in Plano were recently arrested and charged with first-degree murder concerning their classmate. The victim's body was found on Saturday night, but police did not report how the teen died. The police suspect that the boys killed their classmate behind the school. Authorities suspect that the attack was premeditated. The suspects then allegedly disposed of the ...
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  • If you are a self-employed business owner that pays self-employment taxes, you are eligible for SSDI just as if you worked for an employer who pays FICA taxes for you. If you are able to earn enough money with your business that the SSA considers you to be doing substantial gainful activity, then you will not qualify. Social Security uses an earnings cut-off amount to determine whether or not you ...
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  • During a divorce trial in Texas, a judge ruled that the divorce would end in a mistrial due to a forbidden testimony given in the court. The divorcing couple called expert witnesses to argue during their case. The expert witness alleged that the wife in the divorce case was molested by her husband's father, who is a City Attorney. The attorney is currently on unpaid leave and is the subject of ...
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  • A relatively new form of drug smuggling has emerged in Texas, after many individuals have discovered it is too expensive to purchase their necessary medications at the U.S. prices. Many prescription medications and pain killers can also be purchased in Mexico for a fraction of the American price. At one point, many individuals would drive to Mexico to receive their pain medications, and would get ...
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  • A man in Plano pleaded guilty of attempting to blow up a natural gas pipeline, and was serving time for that sentence when he learned that a technicality would change his circumstances drastically. The man was permitted to withdraw his guilty plea after a hearing in a federal court. He claims that he was not told the minimum sentence on one charge in his plea agreement back in June. The range of ...
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  • In the state of Texas, a federal judge ruled last Wednesday that the state ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deprives some citizens of due process and equal protection under the law by stigmatizing their relationships and treating them differently than heterosexual couples. This court ruling does not give Texas homosexuals the right to marry just yet. Instead, the ruling went on appeal. ...
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  • SSDI Makes Changes for Cancer Patients

    || 3-Mar-2014

    According to reports, the Social Security Administration changed the medical listings that are used in SSDI claims involving cancer. The changes were recently published in the Federal Register and include revisions and information provided to Social Security Disability examiners regarding cancers. The revisions will affect many categories of cancer, including prostate cancer, breast cancer, ...
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