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Paula Brown Sinclair

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  • Iam on Soc Sec. is repayment going to ding me as income when I deposit it back into my account since originally tax free?

    My sister and I lived together, both widows,each lived on limited incomes that we shared to take care of each other. each had a life insurance policy in the advent that one of us past, it would help to take care of the other, in the absence of one...

    Paula’s Answer

    Respectfully, your question does not quite make sense. If you are a Social Security beneficiary, you benefits are not affected by any other financial circumstances. If in fact you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits the opposite is true because SSI is a welfare program for persons will little in income or assets. The two programs are too often confused, even by attorneys who should know better, because SSI is managed by the Social Security Administration.

    Best wishes for an outcome you can accept, and please remember to designate a best answer.

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  • How do I handle this situation. Do I file for an annulment?

    I was married 11/25/13 in Las Vegas, NV We separated 10/17/14. I just found out that he is still married to his 1st. Wife .

    Paula’s Answer

    Yes, under Idaho law you can petition for annulment. This is not a DIY project. Retain local experienced family counsel for the assistance you need.

    Best wishes for an outcome you can accept, and please remember to designate a best answer.

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  • Should we file bankruptcy or do debt consolidation?

    We have debt. IRS back taxes (there's been a lien filed) $13,000 Medical bills $10,000 plus credit card bill $14,000

    Paula’s Answer

    Choosing bankruptcy or other options to deal with debt is a complex decision that starts with a full case review with an experienced bankruptcy attorney. Neither debt settlement nor bankruptcy is a DIY project, and it is far too common that bankruptcy becomes unavoidable due to failed debt settlement (often due to the dishonesty of the debt settlement agency).

    Be aware that some or all of the IRS back taxes may be dischargeable in bankruptcy and a reliable payment plan can be structured under Chapter 13, but the case review may reveal reasons to avoid bankruptcy in your particular case. It is never just a matter of what you owe.

    Best wishes for an outcome you can accept, and please remember to designate a best answer.

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  • How can I get started on my disability.

    I am a diabetic and have eye problems. Although I am still working, I would like to apply for my disability. My failing eye sight is hampering me from doing my job as a secretary and on a computer. Everything I read, says you have to be unemplo...

    Paula’s Answer

    While it is not necessary to be unemployed to apply for Social Security disability, a claimant has the burden to prove that their impairments preclude working at any job available in the national economy. This proof will not be possible at the present time. A more productive strategy would be to apply for rehabilitation services through your state's rehabilitation department. They may be able to help with accommodation strategies in your present job or ease the transition to other work which will take advantage of your skills.

    Best wishes for an outcome you can accept, and please remember to designate a best answer.

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  • Question on filing a Bankruptcy and what can be included

    I am looking at filing a BK. Can the high interest loans from an Indian tribe be included the same way? I am worried now I didnt realize this loan came from an Indian tribe bank and now wonder if they are protected from US BK laws. Also can a jud...

    Paula’s Answer

    First of all, it is NOT a question of "what can be included." The law is clear: every single debt of every kind to any creditor must be disclosed on a bankruptcy petition. Also, every asset of every kind ( as well as an extensive variety of other types of information) must be disclosed. Failure to do so is bankruptcy fraud.

    Bankruptcy is a complicated legal process full of many opportunities for irrevocable, costly, and regrettable self-inflicted injury. Start with a full case review with local experienced bankruptcy counsel. Many offer this service on a no-cost/no-obligation basis.

    Best wishes for an outcome you can accept, and please remember to designate a best answer.

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  • What can i do when my ex-girlfriend got mad and called the cops and made false accusation about me and got protection order?

    every thing involving this is in my name. she made up things that are false. she made a false domestic abuse claim and got a protection order making it so i can't go to my house that is in my name along with every bill and everything in the house ...

    Paula’s Answer

    No Idaho protection order continues in effect without providing a full opportunity to the respondent to contest all allegations and the result. Effectively doing so is not a DIY project. Retain local experienced family counsel without delay for the professional assistance you need to build your case.

    Best wishes for an outcome you can accept, and please remember to designate a best answer.

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  • How do I go about filling for bankruptcy

    I'm 17000$ in medical debt I broke right shoulder when was 18 had surgery in 2014 now. They are taking out of my part time check.

    Paula’s Answer

    You start with a full case review with an experienced bankruptcy attorney. Many offer this service on a no-cost/no-obligation basis. Bankruptcy is a complex legal process that involves far more than discharge of debts. Filing a bankruptcy can create irrevocable and very regrettable consequences for others around you, not to mention self-inflicted injury to yourself. It is definitely not a DIY project.

    Best wishes for an outcome you can accept, and please remember to designate a best answer.

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  • How does receiving an inheritance affect a section 8 voucher?

    inheritance is coming and I have a sec 8 voucher

    Paula’s Answer

    Yes, section 8 housing is a welfare benefit for which only persons with little in income and assets are eligible. If the inheritance is large enough to exceed the asset ( may be called "resources") limit, a supplemental needs trust should be considered. To learn more about that option, consult a local experienced elder law attorney.

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  • Is this saying that there no children between us ever? She is not a minor now but she was before we were married.

    My husband and I had a baby 1 year before we were married. She is now 18 yrs old. We have been separated since 2007. We are getting a divorce and in these divorce papers it says:That there are no minor children the issue of the relationship of the...

    Paula’s Answer

    No, the most common interpretation of this language is that there are now no minors born as issue to the parties. This is an important allegation in a divorce petition due to the child support that must be ordered for issue who are minors.

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  • What can be done to "slow down"" this eviction so she can get the rent money together? This is URGENT!

    My friend rents an apartment in a private multiple family house in New Jersey. She lives there with her son (a minor) and four cats and one dog (this is NOT an issue, the landlord is OK with the pets). She pays her rent late every month, but she...

    Paula’s Answer

    First of all, an eviction is not an action for over $20 within the meaning of the 7th amendment to the US Constitution. The timing of this late payment is unfortunate due to the expiration of the lease. As a general rule, unless the landlord accepts another rent payment, which would create a month-to-month tenancy, your friend has no right to continue occupation. If New Jersey law creates some exception to this general rule, local counsel will point it out.

    Best wishes for an outcome you can accept, and please remember to designate a best answer.

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