Protect Your Social Security Number!

identity theftIdentity theft, also known as identity fraud, can enter into many areas of our lives. It involves any instance where a person uses someone’s identity theftne else’s identification documents or other identifiers in order to impersonate that person for whatever reason. According to the Federal Trade Commission, an estimated 10 million people in the United States become victims of identity theft every year. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. Your Social Security number can often be found on your W-2 and other tax documents, so remember to always protect your Social Security number! To learn more, read the Social Security Administration’s “Identity Theft And Your Social Security Number” pamphlet, as well as this article from the IRS.

HUD Announces Funding for Housing for the Disabled

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUDdisabled housing logo) has announced that approximately $120 million in funding for housing for the disabled will be made available.

Our firm has extensive experience representing social security disability clients as well as experience in all areas of civil litigation. Our Manchester social security disability attorneys are available, 24/7, to help you get the justice you deserve.

As an SSD attorney firm, we completely comprehend the impact a denied Social Security disability claim can have on an individual and their family. Social Security Disability attorney at Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC can help if you are seeking, or have been denied, the SSDI benefits you feel you deserve. A qualified social security disability attorney can provide representation and assist you with your disability claim.

We would encourage SSD applicants to talk with a Social Security disability attorney before starting the application process. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney will be able to explain in detail about the process for filing and gathering the much-needed documents to be submitted for your SSD claim.

 

 

Taking a Stand at Manning & Zimmerman with Standing Workstations

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Attorney Maureen Raiche Manning

The partners at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC, were featured
Standing Workstation

Charles Greenhalgh of Cooper Cargill Chant walks at his Trek Desk in his North Conway, NH, office, where several attorneys have treadmill or standup desks.

in a recent New Hampshire Bar News Article regarding ergonomic workstations. At this time, all of our attorneys have standing workstations, and several other members of the firm are in the process of converting. As the article explains, standing workstations can be created with a minimum of effort and investment.

The full article can be read here – Take a Stand: NH Bar members explore ergonomic solutions

Charles Greenhalgh of Cooper Cargill Chant walks at his Trek Desk in his North Conway, NH, office, where several attorneys have treadmill or standup desks.

Attorney Fitness: Get Fit with FitBit

Attorney Fitness

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Attorney Maureen Raiche Manning

As attorneys, our jobs can be rather sedentary and, as we know, being sedentary can be adverse to our health. About a year ago, I started using a FitBit. This little electronic device tracks how many steps I take, how many FitBitmiles I walk, how many flights of stairs I climb, and how many calories I burn each day. The information syncs with a computer program that allows me to enter the foods I’ve eaten, assigning calories consumed compared to calories burned. It is the ultimate in accountability.

The FitBit device is about the size of a double-A battery and attaches to your clothing. You want to make sure to attach it securely, so it doesn’t fall off and get lost. In the newest model, the device is incorporated into an armband – a solution, but I have found it to be a little difficult to fasten. The FitBit is easy to set up and comes with a USB plug-in that wirelessly syncs to a computer or a smart phone.

The program uses a dashboard to tell you how well you are doing (or not). You select daily goals for how many steps and miles you hope to travel. Then you receive emails and text messages letting you know how well you are doing and how close to your goals you are at that point in your day. You also get weekly summaries letting you know both your most active and least active days. On week days, I have noticed that I take about 3,600 steps per day while at the office. This is roughly one-third of my daily goal of 10,000 steps. I also track about 5,000 steps per workout session at the YMCA.

I strive to be active at home while making dinner and doing housework. So, by the end of most weekdays, I have met my goal. On the weekend, it is a mixed bag. If I go to the gym or for a hike, I can usually meet my goal. But if not, I have likely been a bit sedentary, working on projects that keep my step count down.

Activities like downhill skiing record very little steps, whereas hiking records many flights of stairs. Being active is a daily endeavor of mine, and the FitBit helps keep me honest about it. Then, there are my FitBit “friends.” It is a bit of a daily competition to log more steps than friends and family members (including my husband)!

This competition keeps me moving if at the end of the day my step count is low, for instance. I often jog on a small trampoline while watching the news or my favorite evening program. I have gone outside for a walk at 10 p.m. to get the steps needed to be competitive with my friends and family.

Sometimes I get emails from a friend inquiring about my “couch potato” status or I will send an email wondering if my friend’s FitBit ran away. I consider this all good fun that is great for my health. You can buy the FitBit online at FitBit.com or at local stores for between $50 and $130, depending on the version. After using it for a full year, I highly recommend it to anyone looking for some motivation to be more active.

Attorney Anna Goulet Zimmerman Testifies on Insurance Legislation

Attorney Anna Goulet ZimmermanNH Legislature considers legislation to address uninsured motorist insurance unfairness

We purchase uninsured motorist coverage to protect ourselves. However, in some instances when there are multiple claimants, one might find their coverage reduced unfairly. This issue is complicated and misunderstood by many, but we wanted to fix this loophole so that everyone is entitled to receive their full damages. Attorney Anna Goulet Zimmerman was the catalyst behind the legislation, introduced by her local representative, Shannon Chandley of Amherst. On February 6, 2014, Attorney  Anna Goulet Zimmerman testified before the House Committee on Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

This important legislation was signed into law on July 1, 2014 and went into effect on January 1, 2015.

Contact the New Hampshire injury lawyers at Manning & Zimmerman Law

The New Hampshire injury attorneys at Manning & Zimmerman Law would be pleased to discuss your matter with you and be your partner throughout the legal process. Our firm is experienced and prepared to deal with any situation that may arise. For a free consultation, please feel free to call us at (603) 210-4464, send us an email to info@MZLawNH.com, or reach out to us using the “contact us” or chat feature on our website.

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