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September 15, 2023

I recently had a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge representing a pleasant 27 year old woman who we will call Jane. Jane is diagnosed with infantile cerebral palsy, among other conditions. This is a sad case that should never have went before a judge. Jane was already receiving disability thru Supplemental Security Income; however […]

September 22, 2023

It is rather common for a client to come in with a letter from their health care provider. Frequently these people have filed their own applications for Social Security benefits and submitted this letter with their application. They are bewildered and crestfallen when they are turned down by the Social Security Administration. If they haven’t […]

July 26, 2023

The dismal performance of the Social Security Administration in processing and paying Social Security Disability and SSI claims continues to generate interest in the national media. Lisa Rein, a reporter for the Washington Post, has done a great series of articles about the SSA and has shed light on a system in chaos. She writes […]

March 6, 2023

We Got an Award! Dempsey, Dempsey and Hilts received an award from the group, Social Security Disability Leadership. We were recognized as one of the top 500 firms in the nation. In fact, according to the Social Security Administration, we are 305th in the nation for 2022 in number of Social Security Disability and SSI […]

August 30, 2022

Social Security Hearings – Still on the Phone!  We are continuing to have Social Security Disability and SSI hearings on the speakerphone. Terrell and Vicki Dempsey attended the National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives conference in Austin, Texas in May. Dr. Kilolo Kijakazi, the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, told the conference […]

April 22, 2022

The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband internet they need for work, school, healthcare and more. The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal […]

April 8, 2022

You know that duck on television that advertises disability insurance? There is an even cheaper disability insurance you can get. If you are self-employed, you might think it is best if you have a crafty accountant deduct your income down to zero or close to it. You might be cheating yourself! If you pay F.I.C.A. […]

January 10, 2022

Good News on the Appellate Front – A significant change has occurred with a new administration. We are seeing a significant number of the U.S. Attorneys agreeing to remand cases we appeal to the U.S. Federal District Court! 

August 23, 2021

The Social Security Administration is continuing to conduct our Social Security Disability and SSI hearings by phone. The administration has been offering to have online hearings through Microsoft Teams, however, the vast majority of our clients do not have sufficient access to computers or high-speed internet to use this option… 

January 8, 2021

We are proud to announce that Courtney Hilts, Esquire is now a partner as you can see from the name at the top of this letter. Mrs. Hilts, formally Shelley, grew up in rural Colchester, Illinois. She is a 2007 graduate of West Prairie High School. She graduated from the University of Illinois, Springfield in May […]

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