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Teresa Harvey

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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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Best of Jackson: Best Local Law Firm & Best Family Attorney Finalists

Recently, Jackson Free Press held a “Best of Jackson” for Best Lawyers and Law Firms. We are happy to announce that Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. were finalists for Best Local Law Firm, claiming a spot in the top 5 law firms for Jackson, MS.  Also we are very happy to announce, our own Teresa E. Harvey of CG Law Group, P.A. was a finalist for Best Family Attorney, claiming a spot in the top 4 Family Attorneys for Jackson, MS. Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. is founded upon the belief that everyone is entitled to quality representation and access to their attorney. We...

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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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More Common Questions Dealing With Social Security Disability

Social Security

How can you Improve your Chances of Being Approved for Social Security Disability? It can be difficult for individuals to get approved for social security disability. In order to have the best chance to get approved, it is extremely important for you to get regular medical treatment for the issues that cause you to be disabled and unable to work, whether physical or mental. When seeing your doctor, make sure that you explain to him or her ALL of the issues you are having. Just because one issue alone may not make you disabled, a combination of issues may. Therefore, do not leave...

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Common Questions Dealing With Social Security Disability

Social Security

Can I apply for unemployment compensation and social security disability at the same time? No. When you apply for social security disability, you are claiming that you are unable to work.  When you apply for unemployment benefits, you are claiming that you are ready and able to work.  Therefore, you cannot apply for both at the same time, as this would hurt your social security disability case. How much are fees in a social security disability case? Attorneys' fees in a social security disability case are based on the amount of back benefits you receive. The attorney is entitled to 25% of any...

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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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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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