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Different Methods to Find a San Antonio Personal Injury Lawyer

There are several ways that one could use in order to find the best San Antonio Personal Injury Lawyer. One of the best ways is to get referrals. Make sure to ask some of the friends and family members or the people one trust. Check whether there is anyone could personally recommend an attorney therefore client could know what he or she is dealing with. Client could also ask any lawyers that he or she know to refer somebody who is expert in the field of law that one if looking for. It is not necessary that these attorneys has to be an expert in personal injury law, however they would suggest some of the trust worthy friends or professional they could send to the client. Most of the car council or association have referral services depending on where one reside and when all ways fail, the internet would be the source to gather information about the lawyers. A quick search on the internet about the personal injury lawyer would lead to hundreds and thousands of websites which provides information on different personal injury lawyers. Lawyers directory is very useful for clients to get lawyers in their city who is an expert in that particular field of law. It is important that one read customer reviews and testimonials which would allow one to make the right decision whether to choose that particular lawyer or not. >

What is the next step?

After making a list of best lawyers, the second step would involve interviewing the lawyers. While hiring any personal injury lawyer it is important to consider that this professional represents all of the clients hopes of getting the fair settlement or compensation. Thus, the client has to ensure that he or she is completely happy with their thoughts, their promises, their fees and their ethics. The lawyer must be selling themselves to client, not the other way around. It is important that the lawyer one chooses should not only be a friendly but mainly he should be very professional in all the things. A lawyer should not only aim in making money he or she should ensure that his or her client gets the fair settlement and justice in the court of law.

Is lawyer should be licensed and certified?

It is important that one hire a competent San Antonio Personal Injury Lawyer who should be licensed to practice law in the court. It is important that he or she should be experienced several years in the personal injury cases or similar to the cases which client is facing currently.

The Author Gracie Calaway is a professional writer, presently writing for www.joegamezlaw.com

SSI and Social Security Disability How They are Different (Virginia Lawyer’s Perspective)

Social Security Disability (sometimes called SSDI) and SSI are confused by many people. I have been a Virginia Disability Lawyer for over 30 years. None of my clients know the difference between the programs. These are the most important differences between these programs:

First, in order to obtain Social Security Disability, you must have an earnings record and show you are disabled. Housewives come to me and say “Why cannot I get disability?” I reply, “Where is your earnings record?” Self-employed people call me and say, “Where is my disability?” I respond, “Did you ever file taxes and pay into Social Security?” People who are paid in cash or under the table contact me and request Social Security. I say, “You only get out what you paid in, it is not a free ride.”

Second, for SSI, you do not need an earnings record. You only have to show you are disabled. But SSI is a welfare program and even though its full name is Supplemental Security Income it probably should have been called “Welfare Disability.” As a welfare program, there is a means test. This means even if you are disabled you cannot receive SSI if you have either assets or income. In 2006, you cannot have more than $2,000.00 in cash assets and expect to qualify for SSI. The same housewife who could not obtain Social Security may also not be able to obtain SSI because (1) she has other unearned income; (2) her husband has too much income; and (3) she or her husband has too many assets.

Third, the Social Security benefit is dependent on the earnings the worker paid in and could be as high as $2,053.00 per month. Many ask me, “Why isn’t my benefit higher?” My answer always is, “You get out what you paid in.” Working at a minimum wage job is not going to result in a very high benefit. Not working for a number of years is also going to result in a lower benefit. On the other hand, the maximum SSI amount an individual can receive in 2006 is $603.00 per month but this does not depend on earnings.

Fourth, an individual on Social Security Disability can also expect a payment to dependent children up to age 18 or until the child graduates from high school. The dependent children share equally about 50% of the parent’s benefit. On the other hand there is no dependent care benefit for a recipient of SSI. People on SSI will often call me and say “Where is my child’s check?” Regretfully, I have to tell them SSI has no child benefit.

Fifth, Social Security Disability & SSI are similar in one way. The disability test is the same.

Sixth, when you file for Disability, Social Security will first check if you are eligible for Social Security Disability before allowing you to apply for SSI. Generally, if your Social Security check is higher than $603.00, you would not be eligible for SSI. On the other hand if your Social Security check is lower than $603.00, you may be able to receive a small SSI check so your total benefit is about $603.00 per month.

In Summary, when a person says I am on “disability” or I want “disability”, there is a big difference between SSI and Social Security Disability. Remember SSI is a welfare benefit & Social Security Disability is an earned benefit.

Copyright 2006, Jerry Lutkenhaus. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Different Types Of Law

Types Of LawThere are many different types of family law. These different types of law are used to resolve various issues that are related to families. Usually it’s practiced by divorce attorneys. These are lawyers who are specifically trained and knowledgeable about different aspects of the laws regarding legal relationships. In general, there are two specific fields of family law. There are laws that have to do with marital issues, including divorces and there are some that deal with alternative situations, including custody issues. Here is a short rundown of the different types.