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    • It looks like the new Social Security Commissioner, Martin O’Malley, is really taking charge. A number of changes have been implemented in the several weeks Commissioner O’Malley has been on the job. Among the most meaningful is decreasing the default overpayment withholding rate to 10% (or $10, whichever is greater) from 100%. This will significantly…

      2+ weeks ago
    • Social Security uses what is called the “fee agreement process” to pay representatives who help Claimants. For those signing an appropriate fee agreement Social Security will approve the agreement and pay the representative up to 25% of a retroactive fee. Since November 2022 that retroactive fee could not exceed $7,200. Sometime this fall the cap…

      3+ weeks ago


    • Summer 2021 Newsletter STILL STANDING…AND PRACTICING I published the first issue of Social Security & You in Spring of 1993.  Some years I’ve published more issues than others.  The most recent issue was dated Spring 2019: over 2 years ago.  The world was a much different place then.  Especially for me.  Read the full newsletter…

      2+ years ago
    • Spring 2019 Newsletter An Opioid Story I’ve changed his name. Let’s call him Gerald. He was a laborer. And by that I don’t mean that he just did physical work. He was a card-carrying member the Labor’s Union local. And that meant a lot to him. I represented him for Social Security disability and Michigan…

      4+ years ago


    As an attorney practicing Social Security law for 34 years I regularly hear from persons who wish to appeal overpayments. These are difficult cases and rarely won. The person with the overpayment must demonstrate they were without fault in generating the overpayment plus and inability to repay. Since Social Security will often accept payments as low as $25 per month this second requirement is particularly difficult to meet.

    Especially frustrating are overpayments generated by a parent or guardian when the recipient was a child. Tax refunds for these individuals have been seized in a program begun in 2008. Previously only debts less than 10 years old could be recovered. Since 2008 $55 million has been collected on these old debts. Social Security estimates it is owed $714 million by about 400,000 people.

    Now Acting Social Security Commissioner, Carolyn W. Colvin, has announced a suspension of the collection program, pending an internal review. Colvin encouraging persons who believe they have been incorrectly assessed an overpayment to ask for a review.


    Call today if you have questions about the Michigan Social Security Disability Attorney and Lawyer Services provided by William Crawforth.

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