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February 2017 Archives

Understanding the value of a family law professional on your side

The process of a divorce is seldom easy. There are plenty of considerations and decisions to be made including property division and possibly spousal support or alimony. And if there are children involved, the discussions and decision-making process can be especially difficult and trying for all parties involved.

How does the SSA evaluate disability claims?

When a Missouri resident begins the application process for Social Security disability benefits, their application will usually be handled initially by a Social Security field office, which will determine whether the applicant meets the non-medical requirements for benefits. These typically include employment, age, marital status and other requirements. The application can be filed online, by mail, by telephone or in person.

If I get workers' compensation, can I get disability?

Many residents of Saint Louis, Missouri, have experienced a work-related injury that leaves them unable to continue earning income, sometimes permanently. These people may have been offered, and are even receiving, workers' compensation benefits in order to cover medical bills and a portion of their lost wages. These people may wonder where they can also draw Social Security Disability benefits, since those are designed for people who are disabled and unable to find meaningful work.

The nuances of a military divorce

When you are going through a divorce, there are a multitude of things that need to be taken care of. Often, it is stressful and overwhelming, especially if there are children involved in the separation. As difficult as the legal process is for civilians, for military service members, the legal process of a "military divorce" has more nuance and involves special requirements.

How does the SSA evaluate disability claims?

When a Missouri resident begins the application process for Social Security disability benefits, their application will usually be handled initially by a Social Security field office, which will determine whether the applicant meets the non-medical requirements for benefits. These typically include employment, age, marital status and other requirements. The application can be filed online, by mail, by telephone or in person.

Dividing ownership of pets in a divorce

When a married couple divorces, the parties must go through the process of dividing the marital property. With some financial assets, such as bank accounts, the parties can often reach a fair result by simply dividing things in half. Some other types of financial assets, such as ownership stake in a business, can be a lot more difficult to divide. And, of course, division becomes really tough when it comes to unique items or things of sentimental value. Typically, the parties have to negotiate over these pieces of property, and the debate can be emotional. Some of the hardest of these cases involve pets.

How does OSHA protect me in the workplace?

In 1970, the United States Department of Labor created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, known as OSHA, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, known as OSH, in an effort to help protect employees from dangers in the workplace. Unfortunately, not all employers always adhere to the strict standards outlined by OSHA, and even when they do, many workplaces are inherently dangerous, and accidents do occur.

Assigning disability onset dates for hospitalized mental patients

For purposes of Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits, the Social Security Administration must determine a disability onset date for each applicant. The onset date can affect the applicant's eligibility for benefits, and the pay period if benefits are awarded. Since SSDI and SSI payments begin with the date of an individual's application and are not made retroactively, the onset date will not directly affect the amount of benefits received. Missouri residents hospitalized with mental conditions, as well as their loved ones, may be interested in knowing how the SSA sets disability onset dates in these cases.

Unique factors can complicate where a military divorce is filed

Serving in the armed forces is a noble pursuit that not all individuals are prepared to undertake. It requires a special type of man or woman to commit to the rigors of military life and as some St. Louis residents may be aware it can be challenging to carry on a civilian life contemporaneously with a military carrier.

Death on military base part of personal injury lawsuit

Service members and their families who volunteer their time to our country often make great sacrifices. In return, the government offers lifelong benefits to retirees and loved ones who make that commitment. For the family of a retired 28-year Army veteran in South Carolina, the balance between benefit and risk became all too real in October 2015.

How does one know whether to apply for SSDI or SSI?

For Missouri residents who are unable to work due to a disability, Social Security disability benefits can provide much-needed financial relief. There are two types of disability benefits offered by the Social Security Administration: Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income.

Social security disability benefits for mental conditions

For Missourians suffering from a mental illness, everyday life can be very difficult. Many people do not understand mental and emotional illnesses, and society still unfairly stigmatizes those who are afflicted by these disorders.

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