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Blog Posts in October, 2015

  • Naturalization Process for Spouses of U.S. Citizens

    || 29-Oct-2015

    Are you an immigrant who is married to a United States citizen? If so, you’re certainly interested in learning about becoming a U.S. citizen. How long does it take? What do you have to do to get the process moving? Generally speaking, husbands and wives of U.S. citizens may qualify for naturalization under Section 319(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) if they: Have had a green ...
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  • How the Budget Deal Impacts Social Security Disability

    || 28-Oct-2015

    A last-minute congressional budget deal will spare 11 million Social Security Disability beneficiaries from a 20 percent cut sometime in 2016 by transferring funds from the retirement and survivors’ trust fund. The agreement also lifts the debt ceiling until March 2017 and averts a government shutdown – benefits which were enough for advocacy groups to reluctantly accept the deal. The ...
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  • GM Recalls Over 1.4 Million Cars

    || 27-Oct-2015

    Do you drive a General Motors product? If so, you’re going to want to read this. GM just issued the third recall in seven years, and this recall is for the same set of vehicles that were repaired in the first two recalls – recalls that didn’t work. What’s the problem? According to GM, the auto manufacturer is recalling vehicles that have a tendency to leak oil and catch on ...
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  • Is Bite Mark Evidence Junk Science?

    || 26-Oct-2015

    No one knows just how many inmates are sitting in America’s prisons due to a conviction based on bite-mark evidence – an outdated technology that many scientists are now saying is junk science. One such inmate is S. Chaney, who was serving a life sentence. Just two weeks ago, he was released from prison after a Dallas County district judge found that his murder conviction for a double ...
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  • Updating Social Security to Avoid Unwanted Surprises

    || 22-Oct-2015

    Some surprises are great. You know, a surprise visit from your son or daughter who moved out of state, a weekend getaway with your spouse, or an unexpected gesture from a friend. But it’s just the opposite when it comes to Social Security Disability. If you’re receiving benefits, they’re going to want to hear about your changes. Keeping Social Security informed minimizes the ...
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  • What Are the Penalties for Theft in Texas?

    || 21-Oct-2015

    Have you been accused of stealing something? You already know that Texas’ laws are notorious for being harsh, so how does the state penalize theft-related crimes? Here, we’re providing a brief overview of Texas’ theft laws and penalties as covered under: Title 7. Offenses Against Property, Chapter 31. Theft Under Sec. 31.03, a person commits “theft” if he or she ...
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  • What Happened to Obama's Immigration Reform?

    || 20-Oct-2015

    It’s been almost a year since President Obama announced his plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, arguing that removing them would be impossible and contrary to our character. We’ve watched from afar as Republican candidates have vowed to overturn them and as Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has strongly supported Obama’s plans. At the moment, ...
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  • 2 Injured When Car Veers Into Motorcycle in North Texas

    || 19-Oct-2015

    GRANBURY – Authorities are investigating an unusual crash where it appears as if a driver intentionally swerved into a motorcycle, sending the motorcycle and its riders tumbling down the roadway. The incident happened on a rural North Texas road on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 17), and it was all caught on video by another motorcycle rider. The motorcycle rider injured in the crash, E. Sanders, ...
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  • Coming to the U.S. as a Permanent Worker

    || 15-Oct-2015

    Are you interested in coming to the United States and working here permanently? Considering the fact that the U.S. has one of the most diverse and robust work climates in the world, it is understandable why you would want to seek employment in the U.S. Each year, approximately 140,000 immigrant visas are provided to aliens and their spouses and children who seek to immigrate to the United States ...
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  • SSDI: Are Some Conditions Automatically Approved?

    || 14-Oct-2015

    As Dallas Social Security Disability attorneys, we are approached by individuals with all kinds of illnesses and medical conditions. We’re frequently asked, “Are some conditions automatically approved for Social Security Disability?” Unfortunately, the short answer is “no.” Just because someone has a specific medical condition, such as cancer, cerebral palsy, or ...
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  • Wylie Man Gets 25 Years After Having Sex With Minor

    || 13-Oct-2015

    D. Jennings, 23, of Wylie, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after he posed as a high school student and engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor, the Collin County District Attorney’s Office announced last week. Jennings was found guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child and sentenced to 25 years without the possibility of parole. He was also sentenced to two years for indecency ...
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  • DART Hired Engineering Firm Involved in Several Lawsuits

    || 12-Oct-2015

    When we drive on highways, overpasses, and bridges, we assume that they are safe and that the local government has done its due diligence to ensure their safety. In reality, government agencies may know little about the track record of the companies hired to design and construct the roadways and bridges used by thousands of commuters every day. That’s the conclusion that The Dallas Morning ...
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  • Can I Qualify for VA Benefits and SSDI Benefits?

    || 8-Oct-2015

    Have you suffered from a service-related injury? Let’s say that ten years ago, you were awarded 100 percent VA benefits. Back then, you called the Social Security Administration and you were told that you didn’t qualify for Social Security Disability benefits due to your VA benefits, and you accepted their response. Perhaps you even felt bad about asking, but you thought it was worth ...
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  • 5 Dead After Fiery Crash With 18-Wheeler

    || 7-Oct-2015

    On Monday morning (Oct. 5, 2015) five people were killed in Dallas after colliding with an 18-wheeler near Interstate 20 and Interstate 35E. The victims included a pregnant woman and two children. The trucking company that was involved in the crash had multiple safety violations, NBC 5 reported. The accident occurred on a ramp 60 feet above the ground. The 18-wheeler was carrying lumber when it ...
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  • Trial for Dallas Doctor Accused of Running Pill Mill

    || 6-Oct-2015

    A federal trial is expected to begin Tuesday, Oct. 6 for a doctor who’s being accused of running a pill mill out of a pain clinic in Lake Highlands. The Dallas doctor will be defending charges that he used his Lake Highlands pain clinic as a front for a drug trafficking scheme. On Monday, Oct. 5, the U.S. attorney’s office and the doctor’s defense team selected a federal jury for ...
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  • USCIS Now Accepting Credit Cards for Citizenship Fees

    || 5-Oct-2015

    If you are an immigrant who wishes to become an American citizen, the process just got easier for you. The Obama administration has been working hard to improve our nation’s immigration system and one of the latest developments in this endeavor is the acceptance of credit card payments for citizenship fees. On Saturday, Sep. 19, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting ...
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  • When Do Social Security Disability Benefits Terminate?

    || 1-Oct-2015

    When disabled individuals realize that they need to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, one of the first questions that enters their minds is, “How long can I receive SSDI benefits for?” This is a reasonable question, especially since some other benefit programs, such as workers’ compensation impose time limits for receiving benefits. Let’s say that a 50-year-old ...
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