What You Need to do When The VA Denies Your Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Claim

  You applied a dependency and indemnity compensation claim and were denied. What do you do now? The following four steps will help you appeal this decision.   Take the Time to Understand the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Denial The first step is to read your denial letter and take the time to understand why you were denied. There are a few reasons that you could be denied: No Service Read More

Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, and Wills: What You Need to Know

The estate planning process encompasses a range of important legal and financial matters. No one likes to think about death or dying, yet it is important to be prepared in case of an emergency. Especially, for instance, young parents who have minor children...what will happen to your kids if something happens to you?   The "Durable" Power of Attorney vs. (Non-Durable) Power of Attorney A power of attorney Read More

Can You File a Social Security Disability Claim for Pseudoclaudication?

  The term pseudoclaudication is used to describe a condition known as lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), which causes inflammation of the nerves emanating from a person’s spinal cord. This condition occurs when your spinal canal narrows in the lower part of your back. Bone spurs, bulging disks, or a thickening of the ligaments in the back of the spinal canal may all be to blame. The most common symptoms of Read More

Financial + Legal Planning for Unmarried Couples: Should You Legally Marry or Not? 

  While the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the U.S. making it possible for people of all sexual orientations to marry, many modern couples (of all genders and sexual orientation) still choose against marriage. If you are in the inquiry around whether to legally get married, be sure to consider these important factors: If you are partnered and unmarried, you need Read More

How Legal Planning Helps Build a Strong Blended Family

Yours, mine and ours … in today’s modern family, it’s oh so common. The blended family is the product of 2nd (or more) marriages, in which one or more of the parties comes with children from a prior marriage. And then, they may even go on to have children together. If you have or are part of a blended family, it’s important to understand how estate planning could be exactly what you need to keep your family out of Read More

Estate Planning Books to Get You Started with Your Family Protection Plan

  Many people believe that estate planning is something that can be done later in life, such as retirement planning. However, it is important for everyone to plan ahead - especially if you have children. Sometimes it can be difficult to wrap your head around what needs to be done to make an estate plan come together, here are some estate planning books that can help you start the process of discovering how to Read More

Randi Johnson Named Top Attorney 2017

Attorney Randi Johnson of Lilac City Law has been named a Top Attorney for 2017 by Spokane Coeur D'Alene Living Magazine! Click here to check out the feature. Read More

A Young Family’s Guide to a Rock Solid Estate Plan

If you are under 40 years old, the chances of you have thought about, or even pursuing estate planning is pretty small. However, something brought you here, and that means you are on your way to changing the way you look at planning your future! The exploration of life planning that brought you here is the reason we started doing estate planning for families here at Lilac City Law in the first place. We believe Read More

Disability Hearing: Tips From a Disability Lawyer

Are you ready for your disability hearing? You are going to be side by side with your attorney, in front of an administrative law judge. Experts will be commenting on your desire and ability to work. And, you will have many things on your mind. What if they think I am faking my injury? How will they make a decision? When will I be able to move past this appeal!? Is this Social Security nightmare almost Read More

Lies and Truth About Waste and the Growth of Social Security Disability

In July and August of 2016, we produced a four part blog series titled: "Social Security Myths." In Myth #4 we focused on the rhetoric that Social Security disability claims were soaring, and sought to evaluate the sensational assertions using facts that are readily available, for anyone who cared to look anyway. Recently, this false claim regarding disability was put forth again for the sole purpose of making Read More