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Blog Posts in March, 2016

  • Family Immigration & Same-Sex Spouses

    || 31-Mar-2016

    On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court made history when it decided that same-sex marriage was lawful in all states, and that each state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. With the high court’s ruling, couples in same-sex marriages could finally enjoy the same benefits as heterosexual married couples, and this included immigration benefits. The U.S. Department of ...
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  • Special Medical Examination for SSDI

    || 30-Mar-2016

    Social Security Disability benefits provide much-needed compensation to individuals who are physically incapable of working because they have a disability that is expected to last at least 12 months, or result in death. If you intend to apply for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may require that you have a “special medical examination” or undergo ...
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  • Identity Theft: a White Collar Crime

    || 28-Mar-2016

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has a simple definition for “white collar crime.” According to the FBI, white collar crime means lying, cheating, and stealing – that’s it in a nutshell. The term was coined in 1939 and today it refers to a wide range of frauds that are typically committed “white collar” professionals, but not always. While a violent ...
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  • Cuban Immigrants May Stop Getting Special Treatment

    || 24-Mar-2016

    On Monday, President Obama made history when he visited Cuba and walked alongside Cuba’s President Raul Castro. Obama’s visit to the Communist nation may change the way America treats Cuban immigrants. Within days of Obama’s groundbreaking trip to Cuba, two Texas congressmen, Reps. Blake Farenthold, R – Corpus Christi, and Henry Cueller, D-Laredo, introduced legislation ...
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  • Benefits for the Children of Disabled Adults

    || 23-Mar-2016

    If you are a disabled parent, one of your first concerns will be, “How will I care for my children?” You are not alone in this struggle and the Social Security Administration is well aware of it. According to the SSA, over 4 million children receive over $2.5 billion in benefits from Social Security because one or both of their parents are retired, disabled, or they passed away. The ...
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  • Penalties for an Open Container in Texas

    || 21-Mar-2016

    When it comes to open alcoholic beverages in vehicles, each state has enacted its own “open container” statute. Generally, it’s illegal to have an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of any vehicle that is on a public roadway. This law can get a little confusing for people. Is it okay to bring an open bottle of wine home from a picnic? Can you transport half empty ...
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  • USCIS to Begin Accepting H-1B Petitions for 2017

    || 17-Mar-2016

    On March 16, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions for 2017 as of April 1, 2016 until the cap has been met. U.S. businesses utilize the H-1B program so they can hire foreign workers educated in highly specialized fields, such as the sciences, computer programming, and engineering. For fiscal year 2017, the cap on H-1B visas has been ...
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  • SSDI: Can You Perform Other Work?

    || 16-Mar-2016

    If you wish to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security Administration is going to want to know about what type of work you were doing before the disability, and whether you can still perform the same duties. The SSA needs this information, and in order for the agency to render a decision, they will want to know about your job, and how you did it. They will also want to ...
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  • Family Violence Charges in Texas

    || 14-Mar-2016

    Were you recently arrested for family violence, otherwise known as domestic violence ? If so, it’s important that you understand the seriousness of the situation, even if you are being wrongfully accused. The Texas Family Code defines family violence as an act by one family or household member against another family or household member that’s intended to cause physical harm or bodily ...
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  • Travelling to Turkey Warning

    || 10-Mar-2016

    Are you planning on travelling to Turkey for work, pleasure, or to visit family abroad? If so, you may want to reschedule your trip. On February 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of State issued a Travel Warning informing U.S. citizens of the dangers of travelling to Turkey. On February 29, 2016, a new Travel Warning was issued by the U.S. Department of State, replacing the February 4, 2016 Warning. ...
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  • Filing an Appeal for SSDI Benefits

    || 9-Mar-2016

    As you are probably already aware, applying for Social Security Disability benefits is a complicated process, one which involves filling out a lot of paperwork and supplying ample medical evidence to the Social Security Administration. Unfortunately, when disabled individuals apply for SSDI benefits on their own, their applications are frequently denied and the SSA turns them away. These denials ...
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  • Jason A. Zendeh Del Included in 2016 Rising Stars

    || 8-Mar-2016

    At The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC, we are proud to announce that our very own, Attorney Jason A. Zendeh Del was selected for inclusion in the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list! If you are not familiar with Super Lawyers®, it is a renowned attorney rating service that finds the nation’s most outstanding lawyers from over 70 different practice areas, all who are recognized ...
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  • Pizza Delivery Driver Gets 50 Years for Murder

    || 7-Mar-2016

    DALLAS – On Saturday, March 5, a former Pizza Hut delivery driver was sentenced to 50 years behind bars for killing his boss after he fired him. On Thursday (March 3), A. Nikmanesh, 42, was found guilty of the Oct. 30, 2014 murder of his former boss, K. Murray. The evidence submitted at trial showed that Nikmanesh shot Murray in the back 10 times, but the 11th shot missed the target. The ...
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  • About Removal Proceedings

    || 2-Mar-2016

    Since Texas is one of the Border States, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are constantly dealing with immigrants, both documented and undocumented and deciding whether to let them stay or send them home. With the influx of illegal immigrants in Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, local law ...
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  • Does Marriage Affect SSDI Benefits?

    || 1-Mar-2016

    Social Security Disability benefits provide much-needed benefits to individuals who are suffering with a disabling condition, a condition which is severe enough that they are unable to engage in meaningful work and earn a decent living. So, what if you are receiving SDDI benefits and you are planning to get married? Will your new spouse’s income make it so you no longer qualify for ...
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