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Social Security benefits are available for disabled veterans

It is always sad when a California resident who at one point served her country in one of the branches of the armed services winds up unable to work and in financial hardship as a result.

This tragedy often happens because of some sort of injury or illness the veteran suffered because of his service in the military. Fortunately, in these circumstances, a disabled veteran may be able to avail himself of Social Security Disability benefits.

K-1 (fiancé) visas are difficult to obtain

The K-1 visa into the United States, also known as the "fiancé visa," came under scrutiny in 2015 when it was revealed one of the two shooters in an attack in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 had entered the U.S. using the visa.

Tashfeen Malik, a native of Pakistan, was granted the visa in 2014 to marry Syed Rizwan Farook, a U.S. citizen. They settled in California, had a baby and in December 2015, conducted a shooting rampage that ended with their deaths.

Two seriously injured in drunk driving crash near Modesto

A recent daytime crash near Modesto sent 8 people, including two young children, to area hospitals with injuries. Police who responded to the accident described the injuries of two of the victims as quite serious.

The accident happened at an intersection. One driver was heading west when another driver, heading north, ran through a stop sign. In the aftermath of the accident, one vehicle wound up upside down while the other vehicle left the road and went in to a metal fence.

Are you eligible for a U-Visa?

As an immigrant in the United States, you might have mixed emotions about reporting any challenges you face. And if you suffer due to someone’s harmful acts, you could feel as though there is nothing you can do.

However, that is not necessarily the case. In some circumstances, you might be eligible for a U-Visa. Depending on the specifics of your situation, this would provide you the ability to live in the U.S. for four years and earn an income. But do you know what would make you eligible?

Legalized marijuana in California may mean more accidents

As many residents of Modesto probably know, our state recently passed a measure allowing adults to use marijuana legally under certain restrictions. To be clear, though, this change did not affect the prohibition on driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

No matter how one feels about this change generally, it is important to remember that it could raise some issues with respect to traffic safety. According to one study, many of the states that have permitted recreational marijuana use, like California, have experienced an unusual rise in the frequency of claims pertaining to car accidents. In some states, the increase topped 10 percent.

How does the government decide if I am disabled?

Many people in and around Modesto, California, may one day find themselves unable to work due to an illness or an injury. Without being able to earn an income, these people will have to turn to other sources for financial support.

In this respect, the Social Security Administration, as the responsible arm of the federal government, awards Social Security Disability benefits. These monthly payments can be a real lifesaver to someone who is out of work, as they can help him or her maintain financial stability while trying to recover.

We help unite families; protect victims of abuse

Anyone who is trying to enter the United States, whether for a professional opportunity, to join family already here or even just to start a new life, knows how difficult and challenging it can be to navigate through this country's immigration laws.

The goal of our state-certified immigration attorney, who himself came to the United States from Vietnam in the early 1980s, is to help those wanting to live here in California get through the process of establishing the lawful right to stay in this country with as little stress as possible.

California is a community property state. What does that mean?

After several months trying to make your marriage work, you and your partner have decided to divorce. The decision was painful, and the divorce process looks, if not painful, then certainly not pleasant.

One of the most complicated aspects of a divorce is property division. You may have heard the term “community property state” in reference to California’s divorce laws. But what does this term mean, and how will it affect your assets?

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