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We unravel the complexities of a claim for SSD benefits

Tennessee residents who have an illness or injury that prevents them from working have many questions, but the primary one is usually this: How will I earn an income? This is, to be sure, a difficult question for many people who find themselves in such a situation. Most people depend heavily on the income they earn from their day-to-day jobs, and losing that source of income can be devastating for a family's financial security.

Fortunately, eligible applicants may qualify to receive Social Security Disability benefits. Workers throughout the country pay a portion of their wages into the Social Security fund that provides these benefits, which are designed to help those who have had a solid work history but who are unable to work due to some physical or mental health condition. Unfortunately, the process of submitting a claim for SSD benefits may be confusing to some.

AAA driving tips for Labor Day weekend apply year-round

During the recent Labor Day weekend millions of Americans, including many individuals and families in Tennessee, took to the roads to travel to spend time with family and friends. The holiday weekend marks, for some, the "unofficial" end of summer, so many people like to spend the weekend trying to have a good time in what might be the last of summertime weather. However, with so many people on the roads, it is inevitable that car accidents happen, causing serious injuries and even death.

A recent news article discussed some of the travel tips that AAA announced prior to the Labor Day weekend, but those tips should apply year-round for drivers in Tennessee and elsewhere. For example, AAA stressed that distracted driving should be avoided at all times. This may mean that drivers take the time to program their navigation before they actually start moving, or that they avoid using their cellphones while driving.

Creating peace for your family with a strong parenting plan

As a Tennessee parent going through divorce, one of your primary goals is to provide your children with stability and security for the future. This is not always an easy thing to do, and one of the ways you can accomplish this goal is by creating a strong parenting plan. This is a plan by which you will share custody and raise your children, and both parents can work together to make this a peaceful process.

The terms of your parenting plan matter, and you can custom tailor yours to ensure that what you end up with will work for your family for years to come. This takes thoughtful consideration and a willingness to work together, even when it's challenging. If you are facing the prospect of dealing with child custody matters, you may consider how a good, thoughtful parenting plan can benefit your family.

What to expect from field sobriety tests

Tennessee residents have seen enough movies and television shows to get an initial idea of what occurs during a drunk driving traffic stop. Many of them even know someone who has experienced one. However, reality, as we all know, is oftentimes much different than what we see on TV. For that reason, it is important for our readers to understand what to expect from DUI stops and associated field sobriety tests if they are ever pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving.

For starters, there are typically three types of field sobriety tests that most law enforcement officials attempt to administer: the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the walk-and-turn test, and the one-leg-stand test. Taken together, the results of these tests - good or bad - can purportedly help a law enforcement official determine whether or not a suspect is intoxicated.

Keeping costs down in a divorce

Divorce can be an expensive process. However, there are ways to keep costs down for a divorce in Tennessee.

As one recent article noted, the reasons for costs to escalate in a divorce case can vary greatly, but some of the most important factors determining the cost of a divorce are the length of time the case is pending, and whether the parties settle the divorce out of court or through litigation.

Making sure your estate plan is a comprehensive plan

Many of our readers in Tennessee know that having an estate plan in place is an important task to address in life, but many are hesitant to begin the process because they think that it is too complicated. While it is true that there are many different options to consider when getting an estate plan in place, the options don't need to leave Tennessee residents wondering what is right for them.

With the right information, our readers can make sure that they are making the right decisions for their own unique financial and family situations. Perhaps your biggest goal is for your estate to avoid the probate process. If so, there is likely a certain direction you will head with your estate plan that is different than, for instance, a person whose goal is to make sure that a family member with special needs is cared for.

Did you suffer harm due to a defective product?

As a Tennessee consumer, you want to trust the companies and manufacturers that produce the products that you use on a regular basis. Of course, you also want to have this trust when you purchase a new toy for your child, a treat-yourself item for yourself or a gift for a loved one. Unfortunately, some products may not always work as intended, and harm could result.

It is not unusual for certain products to gain popularity and for numerous people to put them on their wish lists. However, it is possible for those once-coveted products to lose public interest if it turns out that problems with the products could cause injuries or already have.

What are compassionate allowances for Social Security disability?

It is important for disabled individuals who are facing the long disability application process to know that there are options that may make it possible to expedite the Social Security disability application process. For instance, certain medical conditions are considered so severe that they immediately qualify sufferers for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits.

These medical conditions are included on the Social Security Administration's compassionate allowances list of disabling medical conditions. The compassionate allowances list provides a resource to swiftly identify diseases and other medical conditions that meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disability. The list includes brain disorders impacting adults, certain cancers, and rare disorders affecting children.

How car accident victims can get help with soft tissue injuries

Soft tissue injuries are a challenging type of injury that car accident victims may face following an unexpected car accident. Soft tissue injuries can be challenging for victims and their families to manage and to treat, so it is helpful for car accident victims to be familiar with what soft tissue injuries are and the personal injury legal options protecting them.

Car accident victims may need help with soft tissue injuries, including whiplash and other injuries, which is why a personal injury claim for damages may be able to help them recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. Whiplash injuries are one of the most common types of soft tissue injuries and can result from an injured victim's head being violently jerked back and forth in an unexpected car accident.

When to update an estate plan

Previously, this blog has discussed the importance of an estate plan and knowing what to include in an estate plan. Equally important is knowing when to update an existing estate plan.

There are certain times in the life of an estate planner that they should update their estate plan. Estate planning vehicles including wills, trusts and other estate planning tools, need to be revisited periodically to ensure that they are meeting an estate planner's needs. In general, an estate planner should update an estate plan every three years. In addition, whenever the estate planner has a major life change, including a relationship change such as marriage or divorce, they should ensure they review their estate plan to determine if changes are warranted.

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