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How to Avoid Being Falsely Accused of SSDI Fraud

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Recently, a Philadelphia woman was convicted of Social Security fraud. Although she avoided jail time, she was forced to pay back tens of thousands of dollars, was put on house arrest, and was required to complete 100 hours of community service. She admitted to collecting SSDI after claiming to be disabled, even though she… Read More »

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Do You Need a Lawyer to Write a Will?

By Haggerty Hinton & Cosgrove LLP |

It’s a question many people have when planning for the future and trying to ensure their affairs are in order. Do you really need a lawyer to write a will? Particularly in Pennsylvania, where even handwritten wills are considered legal? Won’t you save a great deal of money by doing it on your own?… Read More »

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Important Deadlines for Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania

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Workers exposed to toxic substances such as asbestos may soon get a break with workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania. The House Labor and Industry Committee Chairman, Jim Cox, sponsored a bill that was heard in the House of Representatives in early May. The bill would extend the 300-week workers’ compensation deadline for those that contract… Read More »

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Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

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In Pennsylvania, workers that are injured on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These can provide for things like medical bills and lost income when a person’s injuries prevent them from working. Many people enter into a workers’ compensation claim thinking the process is fairly straightforward. Unfortunately, it isn’t. You may have… Read More »

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Applying or Receiving SSDI? Stay Off Social Media

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The Trump administration and the Social Security Administration (SSA) are currently working on a new law that could have serious ramifications for anyone applying for, or currently receiving, Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits. The law, if passed, would increase monitoring of the social media profiles used by those applying for or receiving SSDI… Read More »

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Wrongful Death and Survival Claims in Pennsylvania

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When a loved one passes away, it leaves surviving family members in shambles. Loved ones are not only grieving, they are also dealing with other aspects of the loss such as how they will make up for the lost income, and the loss of contribution to the household. In the best of circumstances, it’s… Read More »

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Understanding Pennsylvania’s Inheritance Tax

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Recently AOL released a story titled “Best states to die in…for taxes,” outlining the states where it is most costly for loved ones left behind when someone passes away. The story focused largely on the inheritance tax, which applies in Pennsylvania as well as five other states. What is this inheritance tax? How much… Read More »

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Frightening Facts About Johnson & Johnson Every Consumer Should Know

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For years Johnson & Johnson has faced allegations and lawsuits that some of their products cause cancer. The company has always denied such accusations, but in February they disclosed that federal regulators had questions about the baby products sold by the manufacturing giant. The problem for Johnson & Johnson is a big one. It’s… Read More »

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SSDI vs. SSI: What’s the Difference?

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Those that are unable to work still need to cover the costs of day-to-day living. To do this, they often hear terms such as “SSDI” and “SSI”. These are possible options that can help disabled individuals with their expenses. What are these terms, though? What do they mean, and how are they different? Most… Read More »

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Can I Choose My Own Doctor if I’m Injured at Work?

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In Pennsylvania the workers’ compensation system allows most workers injured on the job to receive insurance benefits to cover the costs of their injury. There are though, many requirements and procedures injured employees must follow. Likewise, there are just as many questions surrounding these procedures. One of these, and one of the most complicated,… Read More »

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