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Winona W Zimberlin

Winona Zimberlin’s Answers

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  • I need a lawyer to help me with social security for my daughter

    My daughter has ADHD with a learning disability

    Winona’s Answer

    You did not say how old your daughter is. If she is under 18, it is possible that she is eligible for SSI children's benefits. There are income and asset restrictions for SSI eligibility. If she is over 18, she will be judged by the adult standards. Is she able to work? If she is able to work, she is not eligible for social security or SSI under the adult standards.

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  • Can there be any issues with the social security records? How long does it take to fix it?

    Can there be any issues with the social security records? what can be the reason for the problems and how long does it take to fix it?

    Winona’s Answer

    Yes, there can definitely be problems with social security earnings records. You should check your record periodically to see if all your earnings have been reported correctly. If they haven't, call your local social security office. The amount of benefits you receive in the future depends upon the amount of earnings reported to your account. If you see too many earnings reported, someone may be using your social security number. How long will it take to fix? That depends upon what the problem is. Most likely it will take several months.

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  • Need to reopen SSDI case after receiving additional medical records. How many records support “Reopening for Good Cause?”

    - Initial applications to SSA were made in March 2010 due to mental health issues. Immediately approved for Title XVI but denied Title II because SSA could not establish onset date prior to date last insured. Atty hired for the unsuccessful ALJ he...

    Winona’s Answer

    You did not state whether or not you filed a case in district court. You generally have 60 days after receipt of the Appeals Council decision to file a Complaint in federal district court. If you are still within the 60 day time limit, you can do so. If you are close to the 60 day limit, you can file in Court by yourself, and then look for a lawyer who practices in federal court. Not all SS lawyers practice in Court.

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  • The school board of our city recently voted to end school bus service beginning 2014-15 school year. There is no sound reason.

    There have been no studies conducted on road safety, road sustainability, police response time, fire/ems response time, etc. This decision appears to have been made off the cuff with no real research or justification. Almost 50% of our students ri...

    Winona’s Answer

    You will need to consult with an Alabama attorney. There may be grounds for an injunctions. Some state constitutions contain a right to access to education. Some do not. Your state courts may have issued rulings on the right to transportation to school. You may also want to call your state Department of Education.

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  • The school district is trying to prove we did not live there and sent our kids.. What can happen?

    We lost our home in July, and sent our kids to school using a friends address hoping to move back. They went all year, and now the police came and asked my friends husband If we live there. He said no. She signed a statement saying we stayed there...

    Winona’s Answer

    You must consult a Maine attorney. Every state has different laws on school residency requirements. In Connecticut, where I practice, there are criminal penalties possible, in addition to requirements of reimbursement to the school district. Do not tell the superintendent anything that is untrue.

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  • Can i sue a college institue or give some sort of complaint to fl school of education

    Hi you doing im currently in my 2nd Trimester in a new school called MECH-TECH INSTITUE taking industrial welding...me and some other students have some concern on how this school is being run. First we they take to long to order the rite metal f...

    Winona’s Answer

    I'm sure there is some state office in Florida where you can make a complaint. I'm in Connecticut so I don't know what is available in Florida. Contact the Florida agency that regulates post-secondary education. Don't wait until the course is over to complain.

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  • Can you have harassment charges placed on you from slandering a teacher on a social networking site on school grounds?

    A couple of my friends at school were on twitter using a school computer today.They said some things about one of their teachers and about that teacher's daughter. The worst they said about the teacher is that she is a "bad teacher, she doesn't te...

    Winona’s Answer

    There are quite a few cases in the courts where students have contested discipline by the school for inappropriate posts on social media. There are also some appeals court decisions which are conflicting.

    This is a brand new area of law - what rights to free speech do students have? The fact that the students were using a computer at school leads me to believe that, if the school wanted to issue some kind of a sanction, they might be able to do so. Don't use twitter at school.

    It is also possible that this episode will go unnoticed by the school.

    The best advice you can give your friends - don't do it again. Don't use a school computer for personal reasons. And don't post anything that may possibly be defamatory on the internet - its there for the entire world to see.

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  • Wondering if I need a lawyer to write up a letter to ask the school to do a disability or special needs test on my daughter?

    The teacher has talked to the school or whomever multiple times about my daughters issues. They just keep asking her what she is not doing right. I trust my daughters teacher so when she told me we needed to write up a legal letter/document askin...

    Winona’s Answer

    You do not need a lawyer to write a letter asking to have your daughter evaluated. You will need a lawyer or other advocate if the school declines to have your daughter evaluated, or you disagree with the school's evaluation. If you disagree with the school's evaluation, you may have a right to an independent evaluation at public expense.

    Be sure you put all your requests in writing. Get proof of the school's receipt of your request. Keep a copy.

    Good luck!

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  • PLEASE HELP!!! ATTORNEY VS NON ATTORNEY DISABILITY 1st APPEAL

    I was denied disability have many health issues Depression,high blood pressure,heart valve disease,high cholesterol,and Panic Disorder. Diid the initial application online alone was told by a non attorney a LAWYER is not needed and I was denied 1-...

    Winona’s Answer

    You should get an attorney. At this point, you have no way of knowing how far down the appeals pipeline your case will go. It may end up in Federal District Court. A non-attorney cannot represent you in federal court. You would have to find an attorney to represent you (unless you represent yourself, which I don't recommend). Most SS attorneys will not take a federal appeal if they did not handle the hearing at SSA. So, you might as well get an attorney now. Ask the attorney if she or he practices in federal court. Not all attorneys do; some limit their representation to the hearing at SSA.

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  • Social Security Disability

    I applied for social security disability as per the advice and help of my doctor in Oct of 2011. I have severe spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease along with a host of other lower back problems. I have worked construction my entire lif...

    Winona’s Answer

    Once SSA knows of your new address, they will transfer your case. You will not have a choice.
    As to whether to hire an attorney in this state or the next: sometimes an attorney will be happy to travel to another state for a client who moves. It depends on the attorney.

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