What is the SSA Compassionate Allowance List?

When you or a family member is disabled and unable to work, applying for Social Security disability benefits can help relieve the financial burden; however, the disability benefits process can be complicated and time-consuming. Most individuals who file for SSI or SSDI do not receive a decision on their application until four to six months after the claim is filed and the appeals process could take a year or more. For many people, their situation is dire and they cannot wait this long for the SSA to process their disability claim. If you are in this situation, you may qualify for an expedited decision if your condition is on the SSA List of Compassionate Allowance Conditions (CAL). What is the SSA List of Compassionate Allowance Conditions? Medical impairments on the List of Compassionate Allowance Conditions are extremely severe resulting in the inability to work; therefore, it is clear that the applicant qualifies for SSI or SSDI benefits. The SSA recognized that individuals with ce


Shared Custody: Important Considerations When Drafting a Successful Parenting Plan

Divorce is an emotional and difficult process for couples to go through; however, it is often much more difficult for their children. Many studies show that a child who has both parents playing an active role in the child’s life does better in school, has better self-esteem, and has better emotional health compared to children whose parents are not active participants in their lives. Kentucky child custody laws specifically state that custody will be determined in the “best interests of the child” with equal consideration given to both parents. Because situations exist where it is not in the best interest of the child to have both parents in his or her life (i.e. physical abuse, drug abuse, etc.), the family courts will always view the child’s best interest as the overriding factor in deciding child custody cases in Kentucky regardless of whether the parents are seeking joint, sole, or shared custody. What is Shared Custody in Kentucky? Kentucky courts may grant one parent sol

Free Report: Avoid Doing These Things At Your Kentucky Bankruptcy 341 Meeting

Even though most of the following suggestions are considered common sense by most people, it is always prudent to remind debtors of things that they should avoid doing prior to and during their 341 Hearing. Do not be late to your 341 hearing. If you are not familiar with the area where the hearing is to be held, consider driving by the hearing location a few days in advance. Topics covered in this report include: What is a 341 Hearing? Avoid Doing These Things at Your 341 Hearing Preparing for the 341 Hearing Click here to read the whole article or download the PDF.

Can My Spouse Deny Visitation If I Am Not Paying Kentucky Child Support

Can My Spouse Deny Visitation If I am not paying kentucky child support from Paul Musselwhite If parents cannot agree on a custody arrangement, the family court will make the decision or them. Learn more about Kentucky child support in this presentation. The post Can My Spouse Deny Visitation If I Am Not Paying Kentucky Child Support appeared first on Musselwhite Meinhart & Staples, PSC.

Filing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy To Modify Mortgages

Have you been served with foreclosure papers? Are you struggling to pay your mortgage payments each month? If so, you are not alone. Many homeowners are struggling to keep their homes because programs designed by the government and private lenders to modify mortgages rarely work. These programs are supposed to help homeowners keep their homes by modifying existing mortgages and make the mortgage payment more affordable. However, the steps involved to modify mortgages through these programs are often complex and time consuming. At the end of the process, homeowners who successfully modify mortgages may only see their payments decrease by a few dollars. Before you agree to modify a mortgage through one of these programs, you should discuss your bankruptcy options with an experienced bankruptcy lawyer. You may be able to modify a mortgage through bankruptcy while resolving your other debt problems at the same time. Call our office toll-free at 1-800-754-HELP to schedule your free bankrup

Grandparent Rights: What Rights Do I Have To See My Grandchildren?

As A Grandparent, I Am Not Being Allowed To See My Grandchildren. What Can I Do? The question of grandparent rights is one that is coming up more and more frequently. Being denied the right to see your grandchildren is heartbreaking, especially when you see that your grandchildren are being hurt and torn apart due to a custody battle between their parents. This is especially tough on grandparents who have helped raise their grandchildren or who have had an integral role in the lives of their grandchildren since they were born. To be denied access to their grandchildren is unthinkable. The family law attorneys of Musselwhite Meinhart & Staples, PSC are dedicated to assisting grandparents as they assert their grandparent rights to have regular visitation with their grandchildren regardless of what may or may not be happening between the children’s parents. Our attorneys believe in the importance and value of grandparents in the lives of their grandchildren and strongly advocate in the

Kentucky Child Support Modification Petitions

Kentucky law is very clear on the matter of child support. The financial support of a child is the obligation of every parent regardless of whether that parent is married to the child’s other parent. Child support issues are often the source of much stress and, unfortunately, there will be times when child support modification is necessary due to a change in circumstances. When this occurs, it is important to understand that you cannot simply stop paying your child support. You must retain an attorney to file a petition for child support modification to obtain an order changing your child support obligation. On the other hand, if you are receiving child support, you can also petition the court for child support modification if there is a substantial change of circumstances. The child support modification process is not limited to either party; however, it is important to hire an experienced family law attorney to assist you with this process. The attorneys of Musselwhite Meinhart &