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How long does it take to get a Social Security Disability hearing?

Hearing

Many times I get asked, "how long does it take to get a hearing on my Social Security Disability case?" Unfortunately, the Social Security Disability process can be a long one.  There are generally 3 steps in the process to get Social Security Disability: 1-Application (you can do this in person at your local Social Security office, online at ssa.gov or by phone with your local social security office) 2-Request for Reconsideration-this is the first appeal if you receive a denial letter on your initial application 3-Request for Hearing-this is the second appeal, if you receive a denial letter on the request for reconsideration. ...

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Why You Should Trust Your Hired Lawyer And Not Google

Trust

It is extremely important that you trust your lawyer and trust their advice.  I have been practicing law for more than 15 years now and have noticed an increase in clients doing their own research about different legal matters on the internet.  Most times, this is not an issue and the client will listen as I explain how their research may be different than what the law in our state or jurisdiction may be, as the laws in this country can be different in every state.  With the amount of legal information available by internet these days, clients sometimes believe...

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Properly Handling Divorce When You Have Children

Divorce

In my experience practicing divorce law, I have seen clients handle issues with their children the right way and the wrong way.  So, from my perspective in handling these cases, here is the best way to handle divorce when you have children: Do not let the kids see you fight Do not talk negatively about your ex-spouse in front of your children. Your ex is still your child’s father/mother Be cooperative with visitation, especially during the holidays. I have found the best way to deal with holidays is to alternate each holiday and alternate by year.  For example, one parent...

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How Social Media Can Cause Harm To Your Legal Case

Social Media

For over a decade now, social media has become the norm on how we interact with each other on a daily basis. We post our favorite moments from our life on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and Snapchat for all our friends and family to see as well as the public. While this is all a good thing focusing on networking with friends and family, it can also be a very bad thing when it comes to your Injury. Sharing too much about yourself can have a major negative impact on your current situation. When it comes to your injury, especially...

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Termination from your employer when dealing with overtime

Termination

Can my employer fire me for filing a complaint or participating in a lawsuit against them for unpaid overtime? No. It is against the Fair Labor Standards Act for an employer to retaliate against an employee for filing a complaint or participating in a lawsuit for unpaid overtime wages. In order to assert a prima facie claim of retaliation under the FLSA, a plaintiff must prove: (1) that he or she engaged in an activity protected by the FLSA; (2) that he or she suffered adverse action by the employer subsequent to or contemporaneous with such protected activity; and (3) a causal connection...

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How does the process work to apply for Social Security Disability?

Process

  The first step to make is to apply for disability.  We can assist you in doing that by meeting with you and walking through the online application with you. The social security administration will then make a decision on your application.  Unfortunately, for the vast majority of people that means a denial. Once you are denied, you will need to timely appeal the decision. This step in the appeal process is called reconsideration.   If you have not already hired an attorney, this is the time that you need to do so.  Please also make sure that you do so immediately, so that...

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Can I file a discrimination case in Mississippi?

Discrimination

Although Mississippi is an at-will state (meaning an employer can fire you for almost any reason), it is unlawful for your employer to discriminate against you based on your religion, sex, race, national origin or disability.  In addition, your employer cannot retaliate against you for engaging in a protected activity or reporting illegal conduct to the proper authorities. If you have experienced any of the above, you should immediately contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and file a charge of discrimination against your employer. You only have 180 days from the act of discrimination in order to file the charge...

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My final workers comp hearing?

Workers Comp Hearing

What should I expect in my final workers comp hearing (I’m nervous and I have never been in Court before)? Mississippi Workers’ Compensation trials are not like the trials you see on Law and Order.  There is no jury and no audience.  There are usually just a few people in a small room.  Just a judge, you, your attorney, a representative of your Employer, and your Employer’s attorney will attend the hearing.  Sometimes, there may be witnesses there who know something important about the case.  Doctor’s usually give their testimony through their records or a deposition transcript which can be introduced...

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What should I ask my lawyer in the initial consultation?

Consultation

With lawyers asking many of the questions during the initial consultation, clients sometimes forget to ask questions that would like to know about the lawyer or upcoming case. Here's a list of questions you should ask your lawyer: 1-Will you always be honest with me about my case and not just tell me what I want to hear? Honesty between the lawyer and client is imperative.  A lawyer needs to be able to trust his client and the client needs to know he can trust the lawyer 2-How long will it take my case to settle or reach trial? Depending on the...

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Prepare for your initial meeting with your lawyer

Prep

It is always best to be prepared to meet with your lawyer. You should bring with you all documents you have that may be relevant to the potential case or issue you will be discussing with your lawyer.  You will want to let your lawyer review them to determine whether they are relevant to the case. If you have a timeline intensive case, it will be extremely helpful to write down or type out a chronological timeline of events in your case. If you have seen any doctors related to your case, you should bring a list of those doctors and, if possible,...

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