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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 […]

December 16, 2020

Yesterday over lunch we listened to a webinar by the National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives on the status of bills in congress and proposed rule changes. There were large draconian changes in the hopper under the prior administration that will now never see the light of day. They were planning to eliminate reference […]

July 27, 2020

Covid! Covid! Covid! Just like everyone else in the United States, the Social Security Administration and our office is struggling to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic. The Social Security Administration sent everyone home. We kept our offices open with facemask/social distancing requirements. Thankfully, none of us have been infected by the virus. Like most of our friends […]

May 20, 2020

The following is an update from the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys: As a majority continue to follow stay at home orders due to the COVID-19 crisis, NACBA’s Legislative Committee with support from NACBA’s Board of Directors have been working nonstop with House and Senate staff to ensure significant bankruptcy provisions were included in […]

April 30, 2020

Written by Nancy Altman: The CARES Act was intended to provide emergency payments as quickly as possible. Yet over a month after the bill became law, those emergency payments are not yet all out the door. Even for those who’ve received them, $1200 emergency payments for eligible adults and $500 emergency payments for each eligible dependent child […]

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