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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2018 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that beneficiaries will see a 2.8 percent rise in their payments next year due to the cost-of-living adjustment for 2019. The annual cost-of-living adjustment, known as COLA, is based on current and anticipated rates of inflation and mandated by law to be automatic for Social Security benefits. The COLA will take effect on December 31 and in January for around 70 million Americans. It applies to Social Security beneficiaries including disabled workers, retirees and their dependents. “The SSA’s cost-of-living adjustment provides a welcome boost […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2018 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) opened three new offices in order to boost its fraud prevention and investigation efforts for the disability benefits program. The offices are called Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Units. They are located in Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. The units were established to expand the CDI Program which has 43 offices located in 37 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The nationwide program is the SSA’s leading anti-fraud initiative. “It is reassuring to see that the SSA is proactively taking steps to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2018 – A woman from Tampa, Florida, is facing multiple charges for using fraudulent means to obtain Social Security benefits and workers’ compensation. She allegedly misrepresented her mental and physical health. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, Elizabeth Correa collected Social Security disability payments she was not entitled to receive. She was charged with one count each of making a false statement to a federal agency and theft of government funds, three counts of false statement or fraud to obtain federal employees’ compensation, and three counts of […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2018 – The Office of the Inspector General recently issued a warning about a persistent phone scam devised by individuals claiming to be calling from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The scheme involves scammers trying to convince people to reveal their personal information such as Social Security details and bank account numbers over the phone. Cases have been documented of callers declaring they are from SSA headquarters and asking individuals to confirm their personal information such as Social Security number, address and birthdate. “The growing reports of such scams mean that people need to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2018 – Lawmakers have criticized the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) recent field office closures across the United States. The agency has closed 10 percent of its field offices nationwide since 2000, which is around 125 locations. Recent closures have included offices in North Baltimore, Maryland and Arlington, Virginia. In addition, SSA has also gotten rid of all 533 contact sites, which served rural areas. Officials explained that the shutdowns were part of the agency’s overall goal to transition to an increased use of online services. “There are certain population groups that are likely […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2018 – The number of individuals seeking Social Security disability benefits is significantly decreasing. The decline marks an unexpected reversal of a decades-long trend that has threatened the program’s solvency and would have led to its culmination sooner than anticipated. The New York Times reported the change is so dramatic that it has caused the Social Security Administration (SSA) to revise its estimates for how long the program will run before its funds are depleted. The government predicted two years ago that it would remain financially secure until 2023. However, SSA suggested in […]


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Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech Company, has opened a new location in Kansas City, Missouri to help lawyers develop effective SEO and marketing plans for their law firms. Kansas City, MO (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2018 – Kansas City lawyers can meet with Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) team members to discuss search engine optimization (SEO) strategies, pay-per-click marketing, website design, branding and more. The new Kansas City location is part of Custom Legal Marketing’s effort to give law firms a local exclusive marketing partner. As Missouri’s biggest city, Kansas City is an increasingly competitive legal market with a large […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 2, 2018 – Social Security retirement benefits and Social Security Disability are regulated by different rules. Consider the case of a man who had a major heart attack, followed by a seizure in the workplace. According to his physicians, he can no longer continue to perform the duties required of him in his profession. Subsequently, the man submitted an application for Social Security Disability in July, and while awaiting a decision, he reached age 62. Upon a denial of his claim, he went to the Social Security office, where the office informed him that […]


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Wilmington, DE (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2018 – Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech company, has opened a strategy center in Wilmington, Delaware, to help attorneys competitively market their firms in an effective and efficient manner. Wilmington, one of the most populous cities in the state, has enormous potential for attorney marketing. As the population continues to increase, competition for legal clients is also bound to get tougher. Custom Legal Marketing’s search engine marketing solutions can help lawyers compete in Wilmington and throughout the State of Delaware. Additionally, Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) offers attorneys a No Competition Guarantee which means […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2018 – Data is king in marketing, and Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech company, has it in spades with its new report and analytics lounge. Launched in January, the Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) Lounge integrates with multiple services and allows law firms to see their entire marketing campaign in a single dashboard. “Law firms deserve to see a clear picture of where their marketing dollars are going,” said Custom Legal Marketing Co-Founder Jason Bland. “CLM has always championed transparency in all its work for its clients.” Indeed, CLM built their original lounge […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2018 – A new scheme is targeting social security recipients nationwide. The Social Security Administration(SSA) and the Office of the Inspector General(OIG) received reports of the “imposter phishing” scam from concerned citizens. One method criminals have been using to trick social security disability recipients into revealing their social security numbers is by calling and pretending to be a Social Security employee. The imposter informs the recipient their social security account has been hacked, and the agency is freezing their SSN assets. They then ask the recipient to provide their social security number, alleging […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2018 – There has been a rise in the risk of identity theft concerning Social Security Administration (SSA) online accounts. This could be due to the fact that over 34 million people currently perform business with the SSA online. Because the agency no longer sends yearly benefit statements via mail, a MySSA account is the only means by which to acquire an estimate of future benefits. Florida social security disability attorney David W. Magann says, “If you qualify for Social Security benefits or will in the near future, it would be to your […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 15, 2018 – In order to be eligible for Medicaid, monthly gross income, from all sources, is required to be $2,205 or less. However, some individuals may be concerned that they will not qualify for Medicaid if they receive Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits in the maximum monthly amount of $2,687. Consider the case of Amanda, who worked for 35 years prior to retiring at age 56. Because of early onset Alzheimer’s, she became incompetent at age 61, and was placed in a nursing home. After she retired, she was without any income, and […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2018 – The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) has been engaging in a practice of unlawfully delaying the release of records veterans need to appeal denials of VA disability benefits. Veteran Esquire Legal Solutions, PLLC, has filed a lawsuit to seek judicial assistance in ending this unlawful practice that makes it more difficult for veterans to obtain their benefits, and to obtain the records it needs to represent three veterans seeking VA disability compensation. The lawsuit was filed on February 8, 2018, in the United States District Court for the District […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2018 – After a four-year-old girl was denied access to accommodations that were necessary to treat her disability at a Social Security Administration (SSA) office, her mother spoke out for disabilities awareness. The girl suffers from a metabolic disorder that prevents her body from correctly regulating blood sugar; therefore, she experiences a loss of energy rapidly and requires recurrent feedings via a tube in her stomach. As reported by KWTX, the girl’s mother, Terrin Barker-Thomas, said she and her daughter went to the Social Security Administration office in November 2017. Upon attempting to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2017 – Austin-based civil rights and tech attorney Omar W. Rosales scored a second Appellate victory in an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Civil Rights case where U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel’s decision to deny attorney’s fees was reversed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on December 14, 2017 in 17-50109, Deutsch v. Becerra, Inc. Yeakel first denied ADA attorney’s fees and was reversed by the Fifth Circuit on August 29, 2016 in 16-50164, Deutsch v. Becerra, Inc. Yeakel then reduced the fees requested and said that any […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2017 – When confronted with injuries that prevent someone from having the ability to earn a living, there can be overwhelming medical expenses. While health insurance may cover the cost of emergency medical treatments and hospitalization, it will not cover loss of income. However, disability insurance can provide this type of coverage. Disability insurance is crucial because disability impacts a persons capacity to earn an income when their medical expenses can increase dramatically. Such is the experience of those who survive a sudden tragedy, as in the case of the recent mass shooting […]


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Bigger Law Firm Magazine guides its readers through adapting to the latest in legal marketing and technology in the newest print issue. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2017 – Dexter Tam takes on link building in the feature article, describing the necessity of link connections through Search Engine Optimization (SEO) that leads to higher rates on Google search engine results pages. SEO includes website content, promotion and links, noting that some links are more valuable than others due to their origin and domain authority. Staying proactive with link building can lead to further success for a firm; […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2017 – Several older Americans who have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will miss a September 30 deadline for enrollment in Medicare Part B and, according to advocates, they will require additional time to make the change. Medicare Part B covers visits to the doctor and outpatient services. Usually when people do not sign up for Medicare Part B upon first becoming eligible at age 65, they must pay late enrollment penalties. They will have to pay this penalty for the length of time they have Part B. The penalties […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2017 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been taking an inordinate amount of time to make a determination on an individual’s disability benefits. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) admits that this has been a perpetual problem. An investigation conducted by News 6 revealed that it can take a maximum of two years to obtain a hearing before a judge. Some applicants say they have been waiting longer than two years. Tampa, Florida social security disability lawyer, David W. Magann, states “It is highly objectionable that social security applicants are compelled to wait […]


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