Disabilities can pose many different problems for adults trying to support their families. In addition to complicating the ability to work, disabilities can also cost an incredible amount of money. The Social Security Administration is a government agency that provides financial benefits to citizens who qualify for the program. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applies to people who meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disability” and have completed the appropriate amount of work requirements. Because disabilities cost the family, in addition to the primary beneficiary, SSDI can cover certain dependent family members. People living in larger, more expensive, cities like San Antonio might be entitled to more money than people with smaller expenses.
According to the website of the Chris Mayo Law Firm, legal counsel can help applicants as they try to file or appeal SSDI claims. Sometimes, the Social Security Administration denies applications the first time around, in this case a lawyer would be a necessary asset. A lawyer can help candidates apply, file, and appeal SSDI claims. A lawyer can also represent an injured person as they seek to qualify under the Social Security’s specific definition of disability (a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death).
People applying for SSDI benefits must provide medical records verifying their conditions. The Social Security Administration must approve of the medical source that verifies the disability. When evaluating the patient’s eligibility for SSDI, medical history, clinical and laboratorial findings, diagnosis, previous treatments, and prognoses are considered. People covered by SSDI suffer from a range of medical conditions, from lost limbs, visual impairments, congenital heart disease, to autoimmune disorders. Likewise, psychological disorders are considered alongside with physical disabilities. If an applicant or beneficiary is caught faking a disability to receive SSDI payments they could face serious fraud charges.
Wyoming is a state with a lot of land with comparatively few people. As a consequence, there are many privately-owned properties that are quite extensive and that may abut or restrict access to state lands that may constitute a source of water, fishing, scenic views, or habitat for wildlife. In some cases, the property itself may be considered something that should be preserved or restricted from land use or development for one reason or the other. In such cases, the state, municipality, county or land trust would request or constrain the land owner to provide a conservation easement. This would protect the land from being used improperly.
The whole concept of a conservation easement is a cacophony of potential legal issues. The fact that the land is privately-owned guarantees some legal wrangling if the landowner is unwilling to confer rights that would normally go with ownership to the concerned government unit or land trust. This is especially true in Wyoming, where the potential for profit is literally right under their feet. Oil and mineral deposits are continually being discovered in the area, and land rights can mean a cushy lease agreement with oil companies and prospectors.
Even if the landowner is willing to grant the power to the government unit or land trust, conservation easement “runs with the land.” This means that when the land changes hands, the conservation easement should also hold true unless there is an agreement between the original landowner and the easement holder to the contrary. Otherwise, a conservation easement may only be terminated with the approval of the court because it is a charitable trust designed to preserve the land for future generations, and may not arbitrarily be terminated.
This is the issue which has become part of legal lore in decisions concerning charitable trust in the case of Hicks v. Dowd. According to an article on the website of the lawyers at Smith Kendall PLLC, there are many issues involved in the case such as the effect on property values that can swing the case in either way. But even outside the issue of conservation easements, rights to land are always a tricky area when there are claims and counterclaims. It would need the services of a lawyer with wide experience in handling land use and development cases to clarify and resolve a particular issue to the satisfaction of all parties concerned and/or before a court of law.
If you believe you have a land use and development case, make sure you have a knowledgeable attorney on your side. These types of cases are very complicated and you shouldn’t try and handle it on your own. With the help of an attorney, you should be able to make sure that you are protected.