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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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How to Read an Independent Medical Examination (IME)

January 5th, 2018

By Peter Casciano, Esq.
(301) 244-4523
pcasciano@a-f.net
Maryland Disability Lawyer, LTD Lawyer, Andalman & Flynn IME stands for Independent Medical Examination. These exams are generally scheduled by an insurance company when evaluating a claimant’s disability claim. They can either be used by the insurance company when processing a claimant’s initial long term disability (LTD) claim or when reviewing the claim to see if continued LTD payments are appropriate.
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OPM’s Unacceptable Backlog and Delay

December 28th, 2017

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

In a January 17, 2012 publication by Office of Personnel Management (OPM) entitled Strategic Plan for Retirement Services, prior OPM Director, John Berry, stated, “The current delays in retirement processing are unacceptable and eliminating the current backlog is my highest priority. It is our goal to eliminate the current backlog in 18 months so that 90 percent of retirees will receive their full annuity payments within 60 days of retirement by July 2013.”[1] One of OPM’s strategies for eliminating the backlog was increasing the amount of individuals involved in processing these claims, by hiring additional legal administrative specialists (LAS) to review disability retirement applications.
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How Should I Approach my Fiancé About a Prenup?

December 22nd, 2017

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

I talk with a lot of clients and potential clients about the benefits of having a prenuptial agreement. Over and over again, I find the same thing happening: people are pleased to know how a prenup can protect them and their future spouse but clam up when it comes to actually bringing up the topic with their fiancé. Read the rest of this entry »


What to Expect in Court After Filing for Divorce in Maryland

December 21st, 2017

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

Once a party files a complaint for divorce, the court process will begin. The first document you will receive from the court is a summons, which you must have served upon the opposing party. Read the rest of this entry »


A Useful Summary of Federal Employee Leave Options – Part 2

December 15th, 2017

by Tito Morales, Esq.
(301) 563-6685
TMorales@a-f.net
My previous blog discussed the benefits of paid leave for federal employees who can no longer work because of their medical disability. This blog summarizes the two most common unpaid leave options: Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Leave Without Pay (LWOP).
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A Useful Summary of Federal Employee Leave Options – Part 1

December 14th, 2017

by Tito Morales, Esq.
(301) 563-6685
TMorales@a-f.net
For a federal employee, reaching the point where he or she has determined that they are medically unable to continue working is difficult to say the least. To complicate matters, simply reaching that point is just the beginning of the necessary planning. There are many different options covering what comes next in the decision-making process. Before you reach the point of deciding whether to resign from your position or to ask your agency to remove you, it is usually wise to exhaust all of your leave options.
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What Is Emancipation?

December 11th, 2017

Emancipation generally means to free from restraint, control, or the power of another. In the context of family law, emancipation means to free a minor child from parental control.
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Will You Be Impacted by Changes to the Military Retirement System?

December 7th, 2017

Pursuant to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, a new military retirement system goes into effect at the start of the 2018 calendar year. The new military retirement system, called the Blended Retirement System (BRS), may impact the division of marital assets in divorce matters involving military families. To find out if you or a family member may be impacted, read more here.
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