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Clifford Michael Farrell

Columbus Social Security Lawyers.

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  1. Don't you think this qualifies as UPL? Pertains to ANY state in the USA

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Mary Katherine Brown
    2. Clifford Michael Farrell
    3. Scott Joseph Whitbeck
    4. Brian S Wayson
    5. Kevin Lawrence Dixler
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    My colleague is wise beyond all appearance, and his humor is good. More importantly, the truth behind his answer is correct. Most answers are a discussion of general principles, and virtually every answer has a specific disclaimer where the lawyers in one form or another says they are offering general help, not specific legal advice. To have UPL, there must be practice of law first. Since the general information being given is not specific legal advice, it is not UPL. I note that some...

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  2. How will a auto accident settlement affect my social security retirement? Do I have to report it?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Clifford Michael Farrell
    2. Dennis Alan Palso
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Kevin Coluccio
    5. Albert Lee Crosner
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    It depnds. if your SS retirment is SSI, then yes - SSI is in part need based and you have to report all money you receive. If it is "regular" social security retirement, based on taxes you paid on the earnings you had when you were working and still paying taxes, then no.

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  3. If a person is receiving VA benefits, if they apply and get approved for SSDI, will the VA benefits be decreassed?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Clifford Michael Farrell
    2. Brian S Wayson
    3. Francisco Javier Gonzalez
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    If you are getting VA service connected compensation (NOT a non-service connected pension), there is not offset for SSDI - you can get both. You can NOT get SSI, though, so I assume that you were accurate when you mentioned SSDI. You will find, unfortunately, that SSA moves slightly faster than the VA, but does not really care what the VA says about you being disabled. So, if you apply and are denied by SSA, you may want to talk to an attorney in your area so you can review the specific...

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  4. I got into a motorcycle accident. Passenger injured. I have very limited liability insurance and no registration.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Steven Mark Sweat
    2. Keith G Langer
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. David J. McCormick
    5. Clifford Michael Farrell
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    There are too many facts here we do not know, and too much information needed to give any sort of advice. And, as this is a general question and answer area, I would not suggest posting anything else here - especially anything that could be considered an admission that you did anything wrong, becasue if this goes to court, this could be discovered or learned by the attorney suing you. You will want to talk to a local attorney about your specific facts and about what action to take to...

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  5. My son has epilepsy and has filed for Social Security Disability but he was turned down, he has 60 days to file and appeal.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Brian S Wayson
    2. Stuart M Nachbar
    3. Clifford Michael Farrell
    4. Edward H Lee
    5. Yolanda Navarrete
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    Absolutely. I concur with Mr. Wayson as to the figures - with an attorney client's win far more cases. Both my colleagues have giivenyou a good response. You may contact your local city, county or state bar association to see if they have a lawyer referral program, or you may contact the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) for the name and email address or telephone number of attorneys in your area. Most attorneys who do any amount of Social...

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  6. Social Security attorney sent me this letter. Should I be concerned??

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Brian S Wayson
    2. Clifford Michael Farrell
    3. Paula Brown Sinclair
    3 lawyer answers

    If you cannot get in touch with the attorney, or always get his secretary or staff, and you no longer trust him, or are unhappy you have not been able to speak to him (or her) directly, then you have a problem. It sounds like you are not happy with the attorney and did not get some answers to some questions you asked. As a result, you sent a certified letter, which did get a response from your attorney, and to me his response looks correct. You are not required to stay with one attorney...

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  7. I'm 35 years of age and only worked 5 or 6 jobs in my whole life. Will I receive ssdi and ssi benefits?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Matthew Mayne Donaldson
    2. Laurel Christine Farrell
    3. Clifford Michael Farrell
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    You can not choose which benefits you take - if you qualify for both, you are required to take the SSDI and then SSI will make up any difference between the SSDI rate and SSI rate. You can not elect to take just the SSI because it is need based, and Social Security is required to pay you the disability benefits and recuce that amount from what your "need" level is for SSI. Plus, as my colleague points out, there are benefits like medicaid and medicare, and refusing part of the benefits from...

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  8. SSA DISABILITY DENIAL I've been in 3 car accidents in less than a years time , first me being a pedestrian in Los Angeles Calif

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Fernando Davin Vargas
    2. Robert Bruce Kopelson
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Nedim Ramic
    5. Michael R Varble, Esq.
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    There are a number of good attorneys in your area, some of whom you can find here on Avvo. Use the “Attorney Finder” feature of Avvo for help with that. You can find a Board certified specialist in Social Security by contacting the National Board of Trial Advocacy. They evaluate lawyers (independently) in many types of claims and require extensive experience and testing before a lawyer is certified. They have a section specifically for Social Security: The National Board of Social...

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  9. Can a credit agency garnish social security wages.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Clifford Michael Farrell
    2. Samuel Michael Meyler
    3. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
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    Social Security benefits are not generally subject to garnishment: see my Washington colleague's link here: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/federal-government-garnishment-of-social-security-benefits. That said, once money is put into an account with other money, it loses its identity as it is commingled. Once money loses its identity, then it can be taken in garnishment. Keeping SS benefits in a separate account provides some protection. Look for a Washington attorney here on...

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  10. Can I file for Social Security if I was in injured at work?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Clifford Michael Farrell
    2. Richard Alan Jaffe
    3. Robert L. Cullen
    4. Ronald Lee Calhoon
    5. Robert Bond
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    Yes. If you have been off work 12 months in a row - or are going to be unable to do any type of work for at least 12 months, you should file for Social Security. And, since SSA only goes back a maximum of 12 months on a disability (SSDI) claim, you should file a claim immediatel. Otherwise, each month you wait means you risk losing one month of benefits. SSA uses a 5--step sequential evaluation process to decide if a person is disabled. Here are the 5 questions that make up the...

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