New Supreme Court Decision Could Have a Big Impact on Social Security Judges

July 13th, 2020

Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case, Selia Law v. CFPB. The case involved a challenge to invalidate the entire Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a federal agency created to prevent predatory lending. Instead of invalidating the entire agency, the Justices focused on the question of whether the president can remove the CFPB’s sitting director “at will.

How Long Will I Have to Wait for My Disability Hearing – MAY 2020 Update

May 21st, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all claimants across the Bay Area are being offered the option to conduct their disability hearing via telephone. Claimants have the right to object to the telephonic hearing, but this leads to an indefinite postponement of their hearing until it is safe for in-person hearings to take place.

Here’s How SSI Recipients Can Receive Their COVID-19 Stimulus Check

April 16th, 2020

The Social Security Administration recently announced that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will soon receive their COVID-19 impact stimulus check. The recipients will receive their payment just as they normally receive their SSI benefits, either through direct deposit, Direct Express debit card, or by paper check.

How Long Will I Have to Wait for My Disability Hearing – April 2020 Update

April 7th, 2020

At the LaPorte Law Firm, we take pride in providing information to our clients so that they know what to expect in terms of wait times. Our attorneys take care to give accurate and up to date wait-time estimations. Here is an updated list of current average wait times as of February 2019. Below we’ve provided a link to find out which hearing office has jurisdiction over your SSDI or SSI disability claim.

10 Disability Hearing Tips for Testifying Over the Phone

April 7th, 2020

ow that Social Security administrative law judges are conducting hearings by telephone, many disability claimants are wondering how telephone hearings work. We have polled the attorney representatives at the LaPorte Law Firm to gather the top ten tips for testifying at your disability hearing by telephone. Based on our experience representing our clients at their telephonic hearings, here are the best 10 practices for ensuring the hearings by phone goes smoothly:

Are You Eligible for a Stimulus Check?

April 7th, 2020

Last week, Congress passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package to help the American public and the U.S. economy in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Key elements of the stimulus package include sending checks directly to individuals and families.

Medicare Benefits Expanded to Address Coronavirus

April 2nd, 2020

Individuals awarded Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are entitled to Medicare two years after receiving SSDI benefits. In 2018, over 8.2 million people on SSDI were covered by Medicare. Many SSDI/Medicare beneficiaries have questions about how Medicare will cover care for coronavirus related health issues.

New Social Security Scam

March 25th, 2020

Scammers are taking advantage of the Social Security Administration’s office closures due to coronavirus. These scammers are sending beneficiaries fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits unless they call a phone number.