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Social Security Administration Adopts New Rules to Make It Easier to Deny Applications for Disability Benefits

April 10th, 2018

By Elliott Andalman, Esq. and Peter Casciano, Esq.
eandalman@a-f.net
pcasciano@a-f.net

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides the major safety net for workers who become disabled by either accident or illness. The Disability Insurance Benefit (DIB) program was adopted in the 1930s as part of the New Deal to protect workers from poverty. The program protects millions of disabled Americans and their families.
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Performance Validity Testing—Giving Your Best Effort

April 4th, 2018

By Peter Casciano, Esq.
(301) 244-4523
pcasciano@a-f.net
Maryland Disability Lawyer, LTD Lawyer, Andalman & Flynn Performance validity testing is a critical element of neuropsychological testing. It is designed to ensure that the subject of the testing gives their best effort in responding to the rigorous cognitive testing. The scores of all the tests are then tabulated and interpreted by a neuropsychologist in order to reach conclusions regarding the level of cognitive deficits present in certain areas.
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Proving Mental Incompetency to Save a Late Disability Retirement Application

April 3rd, 2018

by Tito Morales, Esq.
(301) 563-6685
TMorales@a-f.net
A federal employee who is medically unable to perform the duties of his or her job can apply for Federal Disability Retirement (FDR) benefits from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The disabled worker must submit their FDR application no later than one year from date of their separation from their federal agency. This is a very strict deadline known as a statute of limitation.
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When Does Alimony End?

March 28th, 2018

Broadly speaking, alimony has two components: the amount of the alimony and the duration over which the payments are made. Both the payer and the payee often want to know when the alimony payments will end. The answer is not always clear, and a party would benefit from consulting competent counsel about their specific circumstances.
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Health Insurance Costs in Child Support Calculation Clarified

March 27th, 2018

When calculating a child support obligation under the Maryland child support guidelines, the actual cost of providing health insurance coverage for a child is included in the calculation. Until October 1, 2017, there was ambiguity in the law regarding whether the cost of additional insurances provided for the benefit of a child including dental insurance or vision insurance would be included. Until October 1, 2017, courts around the state were not acting uniformly regarding the insurance costs to be included when calculating child support.
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New Law Governs Name Changes in Divorce Cases

March 23rd, 2018

If you took a new name upon marriage, during a divorce process, you are permitted to change your name to either a name given at birth or any other former name you wish to use. On October 1, 2017, the law changed to make it easier to obtain a name change after divorce.
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Employees Who Win Their MSPB Hearing Can Get an Attorney Fee Award

March 6th, 2018

by Tito Morales, Esq.
(301) 563-6685
TMorales@a-f.net
While Andalman & Flynn has an excellent record winning FERS disability retirement (FDR) benefits for federal and postal employees, our success is occasionally delayed by erroneous denial decisions issued by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Read the rest of this entry »


What Is an ABLE Account & How Can It Help Save Money?

March 1st, 2018

By Peter Casciano, Esq.
(301) 244-4523
pcasciano@a-f.net
Maryland Disability Lawyer, LTD Lawyer, Andalman & Flynn Many clients that I work for receive benefits that are needs-based—in other words, the benefits are tied directly to how much money they have in the bank and/or to the value of assets they own. Because of this, some of my clients need to walk a fine line, careful not to accumulate too much money so as not to disqualify themselves from receiving the benefits they so desperately need.
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Protecting Social Security Disability Claimants in the Proposed Federal Court Rules

February 20th, 2018

By Elliott Andalman, Esq. and Gabriela Alonzo, paralegal
301-563-6685
eandalman@a-f.net

Elliott Andalman joined three other social security practitioners in filing comments concerning proposed uniform rules across the country for how federal courts will handle social security disability appeals. Read the rest of this entry »


How Will the New Tax Laws Impact Alimony?

January 19th, 2018

By: Mary Ellen Flynn, Esq.
301-563-6685
Email: meflynn@a-f.net

mary-ellen-flynnIf you already have an alimony provision in your divorce decree and/or executed Marital Settlement Agreement (also known as Separation and Property Settlement Agreements), then the 2017 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act will not affect whether that alimony is tax deductible to the spouse or ex-spouse paying alimony or whether alimony is taxable income to the spouse or ex-spouse receiving alimony.
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