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    • After his re-election in 2004, President George W. Bush made reforming Social Security his #1 domestic agenda.   He proposed phasing out Social Security in favor of individual retirement accounts that could be invested in the stock market. Despite a strong push by lobbyists for the investment industry, the support both publicly and in Congress…

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    • The January/February issue of the AARP Bulletin contained information regarding the long wait times for disability hearings at various Office of Hearing Operations locations, nationwide.  Portland, OR is 22 months, San Francisco, CA 20 months and Dallas, TX 21 months, for example. The wait times in Michigan are much lower, at present.  In the OHOs…

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    • 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…

      a year+ 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…

      3+ years ago

    IN PERSON HEARINGS TO RETURN THIS SPRING

    A Memorandum of Understanding has been developed between the Social Security Administration and the Association of Administrative Law Judges (AALJ), the Social Security Administrative Law Judge’s union.
    ALJs can volunteer to hold in person hearings as of May 4th. All ALJs must do so as of June 3rd.
    Everyone who enters the Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) must complete a screening questionnaire and wear a mask. Only ALJs, Claimants, parents of minor Claimants & representatives will be allowed in the hearing room. Presumably, vocational experts, medical advisors & reporters will work remotely for the time being.
    Hearing offices will also provide opportunities for distancing, plexiglass barriers between ALJs and others in the room, enhanced cleaning measures and HEPA filtration. ALJs will be provided with face shields but will not be required to wear them.
    The ability to have remote hearings either by either by Microsoft TEAM or telephone will be preserved for Claimants preferring that option. Those who have previously selected a remote hearing option will have the ability to switch to a in person hearing, so long as the ALJ agrees.

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

    To schedule an appointment call 800-864-1244 or fill out the contact form at the top of this page.

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