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Legal Guidelines for Submitting Additional Evidence to the Appeals Council

October 16th, 2017

by Tito Morales, Esq.
(301) 563-6685
TMorales@a-f.net

Earlier this year, the Social Security Administration enacted several new regulations regarding Social Security disability benefits.  One of these new rules involved the Appeals Council’s ability to review an Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) decision based upon additional evidence that was not submitted to the ALJ prior to the date of hearing.  The Appeals Council is the Social Security’s appellate office that reviews appeals of hearing decisions.

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Andalman & Flynn Supports Medical Insurance for All Americans

October 4th, 2017

By Elliott Andalman, Esq.
301-563-6685
eandalman@a-f.net

The disability benefits team at Andalman & Flynn understands the vital importance of access to healthcare for all Americans. Disability does not discriminate. We are all vulnerable to falling ill at any time or experiencing an accident which can require expensive medical treatment and result in the inability to work.

Therefore, we oppose efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and repeal the expansion of Medicaid, which together have allowed more than 20 million Americans to have health insurance and improved access to medical treatment. Read the rest of this entry »


Timing Matters When Applying for State of Maryland Disability Benefits

October 3rd, 2017

by Tito Morales, Esq.
(301) 563-6685
TMorales@a-f.net

One of the important benefits that the Maryland State Retirement System (SRS) provides eligible members is a disability retirement annuity. This benefit becomes invaluable in the event that an eligible member becomes permanently disabled and unable to perform his or her job. In general, a “member” includes but is not limited to employees of State of Maryland agencies, public school teachers and administrators, and participating municipal employees. There are two types of disability retirement benefits—ordinary and accidental.

Regardless of what type of disability retirement benefits you’re applying for, your timing matters. Keep reading to learn more. Read the rest of this entry »


Do I Have to Pay for My Spouse’s Health Insurance When Going Through a Divorce?

September 29th, 2017

By: Amanda Vann, Esq.
301-563-6685
avann@a-f.net

When going through a divorce, many people begin to pay close attention to their finances and try to cut extra spending. Whether it be for financial concerns or out of emotions, as an attorney I am often faced with the same question whether a client is going through an amicable divorce or if it has gotten ugly. All clients want to know what rights they have when it comes to health insurance and whether a party must still pay for their spouse’s health insurance costs when the parties are separated and divorcing.

Keep reading to find out.
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My Child No Longer Wants to Live With Me—Can Custody Be Changed?

September 15th, 2017

By: Amanda Vann, Esq.
301-563-6685
avann@a-f.net

Once a court order has been issued addressing residential custody, that order remains in effect and binding upon the parties. If a party wants to make changes to the custody schedule or residential custody, then you must seek modification of the original order from the court.

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What Are Your Insurance Needs Following a Divorce?

September 13th, 2017

Divorce impacts almost all areas of each party’s life from living arrangements to retirement benefits and more—including your insurance needs. During or immediately following the divorce, you should review and evaluate your insurance coverage.

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What is Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)?

September 12th, 2017

By: Kate McDonough, Esquire and Lourdes E. Chavarria, Paralegal
301-563-6685
kmcdonough@a-f.net

Divorce Lawyer in Maryland, Divorce Attorney, Andalman & FlynnSpecial Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a visa status available for certain undocumented immigrant children in the U.S. who are unable to reunify with one or both of their parents for reasons of abuse, neglect, or abandonment and who meet certain other criteria. If a child successfully obtains SIJS status, they may be able to obtain lawful permanent resident immigration status.

Keep reading to learn more about SIJS or contact one of our experienced attorneys today.

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What Are the Requirements for Proper Execution of a Will in Maryland?

September 8th, 2017

By: Kate McDonough, Esquire
301-563-6685
kmcdonough@a-f.net

Divorce Lawyer in Maryland, Divorce Attorney, Andalman & FlynnJust a few days ago, the Maryland Court of Appeals answered the question of what is the proper execution and attestation of a last will and testament. In the case of Castruccio v. The Estate of Peter A. Castruccio, the opinion for which is posted here, the Court held that attestation (which means, essentially, to “bear witness, confirm or authenticate a legal document”) does not require that the witnesses sign the will on the same page as the testator or on physically connected pages. Therefore, an otherwise valid will is not invalid merely because the witnesses signed the will on a different page than the testator, and the pages were not physically connected at the time of signing.

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How Are Maryland State Employee Ordinary Disability Benefits Calculated?

September 7th, 2017

By Peter Casciano, Esq.
(301) 244-4523
pcasciano@a-f.net

Ordinary Disability Benefits for employees of the State of Maryland are calculated in a complicated way that often leaves my clients scratching their heads. The best policy is to obtain an estimate of benefits periodically throughout the course of one’s career. This document will not only tell you what your disability retirement benefits are expected to be, but also the value of your estimated service retirement and accidental benefit. This estimate of benefits is formally titled “Your Personal Statement of Benefits” by the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System.  However, if you want to know the details of how these calculations are reached the State Benefits Booklets can be a big help.

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Cell Phone Apps Can Be Used to Track a Cheating Spouse

July 31st, 2017

By: Amanda Vann, Esq.
301-563-6685
avann@a-f.net

Even though many people have suspicions that their spouses are having affairs, obtaining concrete proof of that is becoming easier with the onslaught of technology and the use of mobile apps. While Facebook, Instagram, and online dating websites are hugely popular because it is easy to get information, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of mobile apps to gather evidence of a cheating spouse.

Keep reading to learn more about how you can use apps to track a cheating spouse.
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