201501.16
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House Passes Rules Restricting Discussion of Trust Fund Rebalancing

Aging and disability organizations suffered a big loss January 6 when when House Resolution 5 passed, a Social Security provision which prevents voting or discussion on reallocating the trust fund. These critical reallocations have taken place 11 times since 1968. According to the LA Times, the disability program’s trust fund may run dry as early…

201501.09
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Balin attorney Matt Shupe earns Super Lawyers Rising Star award

Super Lawyers, a rating service for lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, has named Balin Law attorney Matt Shupe to their Ohio Rising Stars 2015 list. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers statewide were selected. Congratulations, Matt! Check out his Super Lawyers page here.

201501.02
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Balin Law: 2014 Year in Review

We’ve touched on myriad topics this year, from our work aiding veterans struggling with disability claims to our rapid response to the Social Security Administration’s changing video teleconferencing (VTC) laws. Read on for our top 10 posts from last year from the Balin Law blog. Click on each headline for a link to that story. 1. Balin…

201412.19
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SSA refocusing efforts on Continuing Disability Reviews

After last week’s post covering illegitimate disability awards totaling more than $2 billion in taxpayer dollars, it’s easy to see why the Social Security Administration has refocused their efforts on a process called “Continuing Disability Reviews” (CDRs). A CDR is a regulatory procedure for reviewing individuals already on Social Security disability benefits. The law requires…

201412.16
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Balin attorneys take proactive approach with Attorney Intake Committee

A recent article in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal found a small group of judges awarded disability claims for nearly 25,000 people who didn’t qualify, totaling more than $2 billion in taxpayer dollars. The administrative law judges (ALJs) who approved these benefits are largely outliers, but Balin Law has a process in place to vet disability claims…

201411.21
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What Are Family Benefits?

After you are awarded Social Security disability benefits, members of your family may also be eligible for payments. This includes children as well as your spouse. However, please be advised that this does not apply to SSI claims. Benefits can be paid to your children as long as they are unmarried and: –          Younger than…

201410.24
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Balin attorneys rise to occasion in response to VTC rule changes – Part 2

In light of the recent changes to video teleconferencing procedures we covered in last week’s post, Balin Law held a meeting to discuss the best plan of action for their clients in this matter. VTCs are digital meetings conducted via webcam only for cases heard by one of the Social Security Agency’s National Hearing Centers….

201410.17
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Balin attorneys rise to occasion in response to VTC rule changes – Part 1

We mentioned in our previous post that recent paperless strategies and technological innovations have made communicating with both clients and courts infinitely easier. Similar innovations are occurring in the way hearings are heard, specifically in the form of video teleconferences (VTCs). “There are hearings that take place with judges that appear from the National Hearing…

201410.10
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Balin, Social Security Administration adopt tech-friendly attitude

We covered in last week’s post the Social Security Agency’s renewed campaign aimed at increasing the total number of created accounts on http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount, where users can sign up for a personalized “my Social Security” account to help serve as a financial planning tool and provide important information on earnings, tax contributions and retirement estimates. Like the SSA, Balin Law remains…