Aaron Hotfelder

J.D., University of Missouri School of Law

Aaron Hotfelder is a legal editor at Nolo specializing in employment law and workers' compensation law. He has written for Nolo and Lawyers.com since 2011, covering topics ranging from workplace discrimination to unemployment benefits to employee privacy laws. He's a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).    

Books and citations. Aaron has edited a number of Nolo titles, including The Manager's Legal Handbook, Dealing With Problem Employees, and Working With Independent Contractors, and is a co-author of The Employer's Legal Handbook. Aaron's work has been cited by U.S. News & World Report, TheStreet.com, the St. Louis University Law Journal, and the Minnesota Law Review, among many other outlets.

Early legal career. Prior to joining Nolo as a legal editor, Aaron worked at a small law firm in Columbia, Missouri, representing clients in Social Security disability, long-term disability, and workers’ compensation cases. He later spent three years serving as an employment law consultant for a human resources and benefits compliance firm.

Education. Aaron received his law degree in 2010 from the University of Missouri School of Law. He holds a B.S. in criminal justice from Truman State University, known by some as the "Harvard of Northeast Missouri." 

Articles By Aaron Hotfelder

How Is Social Security Disability Backpay Taxed?
The IRS has implemented a fair system for taxing Social Security disability back payments that come in a lump sum.
How Can I Get a Disability Lawyer for Free?
Even at legal aid offices, most disability attorneys and nonattorney advocates work on contingency.
Reasons Why LTD Permanent Disability Can Be Canceled
If you're receiving long-term disability (LTD) benefits, keep in mind that your insurance company can terminate your monthly payments for any number of reasons.
For How Long Can You Receive Disability Benefits?
Your Social Security disability benefits will last until you begin to work, your condition improves, or you reach retirement age.
Children With ADHD or ADD: How to Get SSI Disability Benefits
To be eligible for SSI benefits based on ADHD or ADD, a child must have severe limitations that meet strict criteria. A diagnosis by itself isn't enough.
How Much Does a Long-Term Disability Lawyer Cost?
How much a long-term disability lawyer charges depends on your agreement and how much the insurance company pays you, if anything.
What to Consider When Choosing Your Disability Onset Date
Choosing the right disability onset date can make or break your case for Social Security disability.
Will SSI Count Your Spouse's Income If You're Married but Separated?
Can the SSA use my husband's income to deny me benefits?
Can I Get Short-Term Disability Benefits for Elective Surgery?
Short-term disability insurance (SDI) benefits provide income protection for individuals who become medically unable to work for a brief period of time, from as short as a week up to six months.
Can I Get Disability Benefits for My Dyslexia?
Dyslexia alone rarely qualifies someone for disability benefits.
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