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Inga L Stevens

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  • I have a social security case that has gone before a judge twice, Please help me with case. Less than 60 days

    I have a social security case for SSI and I have gone before the judge twice. Still denied. I have less than 60 days to fight. My attorney never kept in contact with me until the day to appear and that was the only time that I heard from him, My b...

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    Use the "Find a Lawyer" tab here at Avvo or go to www.nosscr.org to search for local attorneys.

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  • How come you would have to pay back unemployment benefits received while WAITING for your SSD Determination?

    If you are approved for SSD, this process is sometimes very lengthy, in that process, in earnst you are trying to find employment but aren't contacted by a prospective employer, it's not your fault? Also contradictory is the fact that you've rece...

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    Simply put, when you receive UE benefits you are certifying that you are ready, willing and able to work. When you apply for SSDI benefits, you are saying the opposite -- that you CANNOT work. You may not be approved for many months for SSD, but if you applied while you were receiving unemployment, that is an issue.

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  • I need advice. Please help?

    My mother has been on SSI for 13 years. She hasn't been able to work for the whole 13 years, and has a lot of medical problems. My father is only able to work a part time job, or else they cut my mother's check. My family has struggled because of ...

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    There is nothing your mother can do to become eligible for SSDI ("regular disability") if she is not already. That means she did not work enough to qualify for coverage.

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  • Do I have a strong case for disability?

    CAD, Angina, CHF, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Hyperlipidemia, Hypertension, Fatigue. Buldging disc in neck. Lower back pain. Significant heart attack on 45th birthday, 2004. I am 53 & 1/2 yrs. old now. 90% blocked. Widow Maker. Quad....

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    There is no way to tell how strong your case is from a mere list of diagnoses/conditions. The diagnoses in and of themselves are almost meaningless to the SSA; it's the limitations of your ability to do work activities caused, if any, by the conditions that matters. An in-depth conversation with an experienced attorney is needed to get all of the details etc.

    Use the "Find a Lawyer" tab here at Avvo or go to www.nosscr.org to search for a local attorney who specializes in Social Security Disability.

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  • Is this a good sign or bad sign SSDI related

    at the end of my psychological exan sent to by social security ,the dr voluntarily told me without me asking, that he thinks im disabled. ive heard so many times thatthese always go against the applicant , so im wondering if this was some kimd of ...

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    As the others have stated, there is just no way to tell. I have seen many CE's that give a favorable opinion about my client's limitations, but it seems that often the decision maker will say something along the lines of "the CE's opinion is based only on a snapshot of the claimant's functioning and does not present a true picture of his/her limitations."

    Of course, when the CE opinion is not favorable to the client, they are all too happy to accept that opinion and give it great weight.

    I wish I had a more reassuring assessment of your situation. If you have treatment records to back up the CE's opinion, that would make a big difference.

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  • I want to study Law but I am very confused?

    This might seem quite a bit odd but I hope to acquire your kind assistance. I am a girl of Syrian nationality who has just graduated from high school and I wish to presume my higher studies by studying Law in The UK. I have been accepted at severa...

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    This website is for US law, so it not likely that many attorneys here would be able to advise you on a suitable course of study for your situation.

    Best of luck in finding the answers and in your legal career.

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  • What is a fair amount for a broken toe

    my toe center toe was broken and three others smashed while at HD ..I went to the hospital and had x-rays .They want to give me the $200 for pain and suffering $500 for the hospital ..I was trying to get a sheet of 3/4 pressure treat plywood o...

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    I am assuming that "HD" is Home Depot? It is not clear exactly what it is that you think was defective, but in any case you should use the "Find a Lawyer" tab here at Avvo to search for a few local personal injury attorneys to speak with regarding the details.

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  • At this time in Egypt Can my husband travel to u.s due to the ongoing political and social unrest?

    Hi am a USC and so is my son but my husband is not i just send I-130.the U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer travel to Egypt and U.S. citizens living in Egypt to depart at this time because of the continuing political and social ...

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    I added Immigration as a subject area since your question has nothing to do with the subject areas you chose.

    Hopefully an immigration attorney will pop in now to help you. Best of luck.

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  • How can I find an attorney who handles Social Security overpayments?

    1) Approved benefits in 2010. Just received a notice from SSA indicating I have been overpaid. 2) Contacted several attorneys and none of them handle overpayments. They only handle initial claims. 2) I was told that attorney fees are ...

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    Herein lies the reason why it is difficult to find an attorney to help with overpayment cases -- there is no past due benefits from which to collect a fee, and most folks in your circumstances cannot afford to pay the attorney out of pocket.

    I would suggest contacting the legal aid providers in your area/state to see if they can help you.

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  • Can my lawyer refuse to talk to me?

    I had a paid consultation with my attorney 2 weeks ago to discuss my divorce. She gave me a fee agreement to sign and asked me to pre-pay $2,000! I didn't have the money to pre-pay so I didn't sign anything. I called her from the Court with questi...

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    Of course she can do that. It is widely customary for family law attorneys to get a retainer upfront prior to doing any work, so you're actually lucky she answered your questions at all.

    Most attorneys have experienced being stiffed by clients who promise to pay later. It is strictly a business model that makes sense. Some attorneys take payment plans. Since you have not signed an agreement with this attorney yet, perhaps you could find another one who does take payment plans.

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