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What you need to know about Michigan retail fraud

Most of us have heard of shoplifting. However, shoplifting is just one of several charges that fall under Michigan’s “retail fraud” umbrella. Today, we cover important considerations about this charge and its potential consequences.

Frequently asked questions about Michigan marijuana laws

In December 2018, Michigan legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21 with The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (MRTMA), often referred to as Proposal 1. However, some acts relating to marijuana remain illegal.

As everyone becomes accustomed to the new laws, here are some frequently asked questions about the impact of Michigan’s new marijuana rules:

New estimates increase lifespan for Disability Insurance fund

The 2019 annual report on the health of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Fund (OASI) and the Social Security Disability Insurance Fund (DI) provided optimistic results last week.

Every year, the Board of Trustees of the OASI and DI funds provides Congress with a report on the income and costs of the two funds. The OASI and DI programs provide monthly benefits to retired workers, survivors of deceased workers, and disabled workers – as well as their families.

Top 3 reasons the SSA might deny your claim

On average, roughly two thirds of all Social Security disability claims filed in a year are denied.  Many claims that should be approved are denied, while many other claims are denied because of procedural reasons.

Here are the top three reasons for denial of a Social Security Disability claim:

No marijuana limit: What could it mean for OWIs?

Recreational marijuana has only been legal in Michigan since December 2018. With only a few months of this new law in effect, lawmakers and law enforcement are still ironing out the details. 

One of those details is how to regulate drugged driving. Many officials hope to define a legal limit for marijuana, just like blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels limit drunk driving. 

Can Social Media Affect Your Disability Claim?

These days, social media is a common part of many of our lives. Many people post photos and videos of themselves to share happy moments in their lives with friends and family on various social media platforms. However, should claimants seeking social security disability be worried that their social media activity can negatively impact their claim? As with many things, the answer is not black and white.

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