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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


    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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