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January 2017 Archives

Why is the IRS so adamant for people with disabilities to file tax returns?

It may seem impossible to believe, but the 2017 tax filing season officially began last Monday, meaning the countdown to Tuesday, April 18, 2017, this year's deadline for filing 2016 tax returns, has officially begun.

Tennessee law calls for serious penalties for illegally hunting big game

For people throughout Tennessee, hunting is more not just a hobby or something to do on the weekends, but rather a way of life. Indeed, the tradition of hunting everything from turkey and deer to elk and bear with rifle, muzzleloader or bow has been passed down by countless generations of families here in the Volunteer State.

Am I guilty of a crime if I share my prescription medication?

Imagine this: You've just had surgery, after which you are prescribed an opiate painkiller such as Percocet or Oxycodone. You take the pills for awhile, but quickly realize you won't need all of them. A friend of yours, however, has been complaining of pain and could benefit from your remaining pills. You ask yourself: Is it okay if I give them my remaining pills?

How the SSA's Compassionate Allowances initiative helps the truly ill -- II

In a post last week, our blog began discussing how applicants are sometimes surprised to learn that the process of receiving benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program can take months or even years, and how this reality can be beyond frustrating for financially distressed individuals suffering from medical conditions that are at best completely debilitating.

Factors used to determine which parent will have custody

There are many different parental situations in Knoxville. Sometimes the parents are married, sometimes they are divorced or separated and in other situations the parents were never married. While the parents are married, they are generally living together and raising the children together. However, if they divorce or were never married in the first place, this is not usually the case. The parents will live separately, but that does not mean that only one parent is responsible for raising the child.

How the SSA's Compassionate Allowances initiative helps the truly ill

As we've previously discussed on our blog, the Social Security Disability Insurance program is designed to provide much-needed financial assistance to those individuals with qualifying work histories who meet the Social Security Administration's rather exacting definition of total disability.

Can one receive back pay for social security disability?

No one in Knoxville likes to get injured or sick. It is not a fun experience and often times it prohibits one from doing the things they are used to doing for at least a period of time. However, sometimes injuries and illnesses can be chronic or cause permanent damage. If that is the case, then the person may never be able to do some things ever again. This includes working, which can be very detrimental for both the person and their family.

New law introduces major changes to Tennessee's criminal code

Now that 2017 is officially here, most people are keeping busy with their resolutions for the new year. While these vows to spend more time with family, shed a few pounds or finally give up smoking are certainly laudable, they may can people to temporarily lose track of current events.

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