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October 22, 2018

As you know that you can claim Social Security benefits at the age of 62 – but should you?

Many of my clients will ask a question about retirement planning, and while I am not a financial planner, I do in fact have some things to tell each client as they head into retirement. There is not one single answer for every individual, and there are indeed several different things that seem to go into whether someone should delay claiming their Social Security retirement. However, before you head down to your local Social Security office on the day you turn 62, you should decide how long it will be until you break even on your benefits.

As a lawyer who handles d...

September 7, 2018

Once a worker becomes disabled and is unable to work, they may file a paper claim with their local Social Security office. Such a claim will be handled by DDS (formally known as Disabilty Determining Services) located your state. DDS processes each claim it makes an initial determination of whether the claimant is disabled. If the initial claim is denied the claim and they feel that they should eventually to a judge. The judge is then in charge of reviewing all the documents that it receives from the lower determination and any additional medical records that the claimant may provide. Finally, the judge will hold a hearing to review test and decide whe...

August 16, 2018

Contact your Congressperson to make sure you let them know that we need to protect the disabled and elderly in your congressional district.

In 2012 the Honorable Randall Frye, the president of the Association of Administrative Law Judges, testified before Congress: “In context of disability adjudication, the government is the trustee billions of taxpayer dollars.” This is a statement that all Texans and residents of Louisiana should reflect upon and consider taking action. Social-Security law Has far reaching and direct impact on the large percentage of the American populace. This is why we should shine a spotlight on Social Security disability. This ar...

August 2, 2018

Most workers in the United States pay into the Social Security program. Each check you receive, you are likely paying into the federally administered program that helps people retire. However, nearly fourteen million Americans are so severely afflicted with mental or physical (and often both) impairments that prevent them from working. In fact this disabilty program is one of the largest programs in the world, and it has stabilized our economy. As a lawyer who has practiced almost exclusively in this are in the last two decades, I have personally seen the need for these programs. However, workers should know that they need to plan for the possibility o...

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