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Virginia Disability Law Blog – Virginia Social Security Disability & Special Needs Attorney http://sheriabrams.com 571-328-5795 Tue, 17 May 2016 21:23:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http%3A%2F%2Fsheriabrams.com%2Fblog%2Ffeed%2F Invitation for the YouthACT Transition Truths National Online Dialogue http://sheriabrams.com/disability-rights/invitation-youthact-transition-truths-national-online-dialogue/ Tue, 17 May 2016 21:23:00 +0000 http://sheriabrams.com/?p=4503 Press Release: Are you a young person with a disability or an ally of the disability community? There is an important conversation going on about what youth and young adults with disabilities need to become successful adults, and we’re asking you to join us! The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth warmly invites you to participate in our YouthACT Transition Truths National Online Dialogue. We hope you will join this online conversation and share your ideas on the strategies and supports that can help youth and young adults with disabilities and their peers become successful adults. The YouthACT Transition Truths National Online Dialogue begins Thursday, May 19th and closes on Sunday, May 22nd.  Register today and get ready to be part of this important—and exciting—event! And please help us spread the word to others who may also be interested. Register for the dialogue today at http://YouthIdeas.ePolicyWorks.org. If you have participated in past ePolicyWorks dialogues and have forgotten your password, click the following link to reset your password – http://YouthIdeas.ePolicyWorks.org/a/community/forgotPassword. Looking forward to your participation, The YouthACT Online Dialogue Team Posted by Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at [...]

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Press Release:

Are you a young person with a disability or an ally of the disability community? There is an important conversation going on about what youth and young adults with disabilities need to become successful adults, and we’re asking you to join us!

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth warmly invites you to participate in our YouthACT Transition Truths National Online Dialogue. We hope you will join this online conversation and share your ideas on the strategies and supports that can help youth and young adults with disabilities and their peers become successful adults.

The YouthACT Transition Truths National Online Dialogue begins Thursday, May 19th and closes on Sunday, May 22nd.  Register today and get ready to be part of this important—and exciting—event!

And please help us spread the word to others who may also be interested. Register for the dialogue today at http://YouthIdeas.ePolicyWorks.org.

If you have participated in past ePolicyWorks dialogues and have forgotten your password, click the following link to reset your password – http://YouthIdeas.ePolicyWorks.org/a/community/forgotPassword.

Looking forward to your participation,

The YouthACT Online Dialogue Team

Posted by Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law, Fairfax Virginia Disability Attorney. www.sheriabrams.com

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In Virginia do I automatically receive Medicare if I get Social Security Disability Benefits? http://sheriabrams.com/medicaremedicaid-information/automatically-receive-medicare-benefits-im-approved-social-security-disability-benefits/ Mon, 25 Apr 2016 20:10:30 +0000 http://sheriabrams.com/?p=4486 I am asked this question frequently: Do I automatically receive Medicare benefits if I’m approved for Social Security Disability benefits? Answer:  Yes, you receive Medicare after you receive Social Security Disability Benefits for 24 months.  When you become eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits, the Social Security Administration will automatically enroll you in Medicare.  Social Security will start counting the 24 months from the month you were entitled to receive disability benefits, not the month when you receive your first payment. Special rules apply to those disabled people with permanent kidney failure and those with “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). Posted by Fairfax Virginia Disability & Special Needs Planning Attorney, Sheri R. Abrams, www.sheriabrams.com

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I am asked this question frequently:

Do I automatically receive Medicare benefits if I’m approved for Social Security Disability benefits?

Answer:  Yes, you receive Medicare after you receive Social Security Disability Benefits for 24 months.  When you become eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits, the Social Security Administration will automatically enroll you in Medicare.  Social Security will start counting the 24 months from the month you were entitled to receive disability benefits, not the month when you receive your first payment.

Special rules apply to those disabled people with permanent kidney failure and those with “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).

Posted by Fairfax Virginia Disability & Special Needs Planning Attorney, Sheri R. Abrams, www.sheriabrams.com

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Good News For Those in Virginia With Disabilities and Student Loans http://sheriabrams.com/information-for-the-disabled/good-news-virginia-disabilities-student-loans/ Thu, 14 Apr 2016 19:40:06 +0000 http://sheriabrams.com/?p=4480 As part of my practice I assist those with disabilities get their student loan debt forgiven.  It has now gotten much easier. On Tuesday, 4/12/16, the Department of Education announced a new program that will identify hundreds of thousands of borrowers who are eligible to apply for federal student loan forgiveness. To qualify for this program you must be receiving Social Security Disability benefits and be deemed permanently disabled and unable to ever work again. Starting on April 18, 2016, the Department of Education will start sending letters to about 387,000 people explaining that they are eligible for loan forgiveness. The letter will include an application that they will simply sign and return. Unlike other borrowers, they will not be required to submit documentation of their eligibility. Under this program. once the student loan is “erased”, a three-year monitoring period will begin. If the borrower’s earning status changes and increases above a certain threshold, he or she may have their loan reinstated and they will have to start making payments again. Posted by Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law, Fairfax Virginia, www.sheriabrams.com.  

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As part of my practice I assist those with disabilities get their student loan debt forgiven.  It has now gotten much easier.

On Tuesday, 4/12/16, the Department of Education announced a new program that will identify hundreds of thousands of borrowers who are eligible to apply for federal student loan forgiveness.

To qualify for this program you must be receiving Social Security Disability benefits and be deemed permanently disabled and unable to ever work again.

Starting on April 18, 2016, the Department of Education will start sending letters to about 387,000 people explaining that they are eligible for loan forgiveness. The letter will include an application that they will simply sign and return. Unlike other borrowers, they will not be required to submit documentation of their eligibility.

Under this program. once the student loan is “erased”, a three-year monitoring period will begin. If the borrower’s earning status changes and increases above a certain threshold, he or she may have their loan reinstated and they will have to start making payments again.

Posted by Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law, Fairfax Virginia, www.sheriabrams.com.

 

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March 2016 Newsletter—–Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning News http://sheriabrams.com/newsletter/march-2016-newsletter-social-security-disability-special-needs-news/ Fri, 01 Apr 2016 21:40:37 +0000 http://sheriabrams.com/?p=4476 Please see the March 2016 Newsletter of Fairfax Virginia Disability and Special Needs Planning Attorney, Sheri R. Abrams. For the latest edition of Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning News click  here  

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Happy Easter from the Law Office of Sheri R. Abrams http://sheriabrams.com/news-and-announcements/happy-easter-law-office-sheri-r-abrams/ Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:45:50 +0000 http://sheriabrams.com/?p=4459 The post Happy Easter from the Law Office of Sheri R. Abrams appeared first on Virginia Social Security Disability & Special Needs Attorney.

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Social Security Emergency Message—-Waiver of SSI Overpayments Resulting From Same Sex Marriage http://sheriabrams.com/social-security-information/social-security-emergency-message-waiver-ssi-overpayments-resulting-sex-marriage-2/ Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:40:24 +0000 http://sheriabrams.com/?p=4443 When same sex marriage became legal nationwide many same sex couples received an increase in the amount of Social Security benefits that they receive. However, if one or both members of the same sex couple are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is a needs based benefit, this recognition of legal marriage has caused a reduction or even elimination of their Social Security benefits. Here are two examples: 1) In cases where both members of a same sex couple are receiving SSI:   The benefit amount for a married couple who are both receiving SSI benefits  is less than the total of what the two would receive if they were not married.  In most States an individual receives $733/month in SSI.  A married couple who are both on SSI will only receive $1,100/month. 2) In cases where only one member of a same sex couple is receiving SSI:  If a person is  married the income and resources of the person they are married to are attributed to them in deciding if they meet the financial criteria to receive SSI.   So, if a disabled person is living with and being supported by a person who is working and has a good income, [...]

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When same sex marriage became legal nationwide many same sex couples received an increase in the amount of Social Security benefits that they receive.

However, if one or both members of the same sex couple are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is a needs based benefit, this recognition of legal marriage has caused a reduction or even elimination of their Social Security benefits.

Here are two examples:

1) In cases where both members of a same sex couple are receiving SSI:   The benefit amount for a married couple who are both receiving SSI benefits  is less than the total of what the two would receive if they were not married.  In most States an individual receives $733/month in SSI.  A married couple who are both on SSI will only receive $1,100/month.

2) In cases where only one member of a same sex couple is receiving SSI:  If a person is  married the income and resources of the person they are married to are attributed to them in deciding if they meet the financial criteria to receive SSI.   So, if a disabled person is living with and being supported by a person who is working and has a good income, if they’re not married, the disabled person will suffer, at most, a one-third reduction in his or her SSI  for “living in the household of another.”   But if they are married, the disabled person will lose his or her SSI altogether.

As you can see when same sex marriage became legal nationwide it caused many individuals and couples who were receiving SSI benefits to be overpaid.

However, the Social Security Administration has decided that it would be “against equity and good conscience” to try to collect these overpayments.

According to Emergency Message 16013, Social Security will waive these overpayments automatically and the individual  or couple does not have to repay this money or even file the form normally required to obtain a waiver of an overpayment.

For more information see Emergency Message 16013.

Posted by Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law, Fairfax Virginia,  571-328-5795

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February 2016 Newsletter–Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning News http://sheriabrams.com/newsletter/february-2016-social-security-disability-special-needs-planning-news/ Sun, 13 Mar 2016 23:36:47 +0000 http://sheriabrams.com/?p=4429 Please see the February 2016 Newsletter of Fairfax Virginia Disability and Special Needs Planning Attorney, Sheri Abrams. For Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning News click  here

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Beware of New Medicare Phone Scam http://sheriabrams.com/medicaremedicaid-information/beware-of-new-medicare-phone-scam/ Wed, 24 Feb 2016 16:02:44 +0000 http://sheriabrams.com/?p=4383 Recently scammers have been calling, pretending to work for Medicare. They say they need to verify your bank account number — and it might sound convincing. Some callers may even know the first few numbers of your account, and say you just need to verify the rest. But if you fill in the blanks, you’re giving them access to your money — and their goal is to steal it. The callers may say they lost your information and need it to deposit funds, provide additional benefits, or send you a new Medicare or prescription card. They assure you there’s no charge, and act like it’s an urgent matter — that your benefits will be cut off if you don’t give them your bank account information right away. In truth, it’s all a trick to steal your money. Medicare will never call you and ask for your bank account information. So the next time you get a call like this, here’s what to do: Don’t give out your bank account number — or any part of your Social Security number. Simply hang up the phone. If you have questions about your Medicare benefits, call 1-800-MEDICARE.   Posted by Sheri R. Abrams, [...]

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Recently scammers have been calling, pretending to work for Medicare.

They say they need to verify your bank account number — and it might sound convincing. Some callers may even know the first few numbers of your account, and say you just need to verify the rest. But if you fill in the blanks, you’re giving them access to your money — and their goal is to steal it.

The callers may say they lost your information and need it to deposit funds, provide additional benefits, or send you a new Medicare or prescription card. They assure you there’s no charge, and act like it’s an urgent matter — that your benefits will be cut off if you don’t give them your bank account information right away.

In truth, it’s all a trick to steal your money. Medicare will never call you and ask for your bank account information.

So the next time you get a call like this, here’s what to do:

  • Don’t give out your bank account number — or any part of your Social Security number.
  • Simply hang up the phone.
  • If you have questions about your Medicare benefits, call 1-800-MEDICARE.

 

Posted by Sheri R. Abrams, Fairfax Virginia Elder Law Attorney, www.sheriabrams.com.

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Beware of Fake Social Security Emails http://sheriabrams.com/social-security-disability-information/beware-of-fake-social-security-emails-2/ Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:40:32 +0000 http://sheriabrams.com/?p=4377 The Social Security Administration (SSA) and Federal Trade Commission are warning Americans about a scam email with “Get Protected” in the subject line. The email describes new features from the Social Security Administration (SSA) that can help taxpayers monitor their credit reports, and know about unauthorized use of their Social Security number.  It even cites the IRS and the official-sounding “S.A.F.E Act 2015.” It sounds real, but it’s all made-up. If you get an email like that, don’t click on any of the links or open attachments. It’s a phishing email to get you to click on a scammer’s link. If you do, a scammer can install malware — like viruses and spyware — on your computer. Or, the link might send you to a spoof site — a lookalike website set up by a scammer to trick you into entering your personal information. Not sure if an email is really from Social Security? Here are a couple of clues. Did the email end up in your junk folder? Email providers use filters to help catch phishing scams and spam from getting into your inbox. And when you hover your cursor over the link, does it really go to a [...]

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) and Federal Trade Commission are warning Americans about a scam email with “Get Protected” in the subject line.

The email describes new features from the Social Security Administration (SSA) that can help taxpayers monitor their credit reports, and know about unauthorized use of their Social Security number.  It even cites the IRS and the official-sounding “S.A.F.E Act 2015.” It sounds real, but it’s all made-up.

If you get an email like that, don’t click on any of the links or open attachments.

It’s a phishing email to get you to click on a scammer’s link. If you do, a scammer can install malware — like viruses and spyware — on your computer. Or, the link might send you to a spoof site — a lookalike website set up by a scammer to trick you into entering your personal information.

Not sure if an email is really from Social Security? Here are a couple of clues. Did the email end up in your junk folder? Email providers use filters to help catch phishing scams and spam from getting into your inbox. And when you hover your cursor over the link, does it really go to a trusted website?

In this fake SSA email, when you hover over the url you’re told to click on, you see the link goes to an unrelated “.com” — instead of the Social Security Administration’s ssa.gov.

 

Posted by Sheri R. Abrams, Fairfax Virginia Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning Attorney, www.sheriabrams.com.

 

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Virginia Disability & Senior Housing Resource Seminar——March 3, 2016 http://sheriabrams.com/disability-housing-information/virginia-disability-housing-resource-seminar-march-3-2016/ Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:14:43 +0000 http://sheriabrams.com/?p=4366 Family Support Services at ServiceSource is hosting a Housing Resource Seminar on March 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM. Learn more about what types of housing resources are available in Virginia and start thinking about what type of housing your loved one(s) might need in the future. Questions to be answered include: What housing options are available for my loved one(s)? Are there requirements for different types of housing? What’s the difference between sponsored residential and group home living? What’s the difference between drop- in support and respite? Guest speakers from various organizations will be available to answer questions about housing resources for people with disabilities (developmental, emotional, intellectual, physical), and seniors. Time:  10:00AM – 11:30AM Location: ServiceSource Disability Resource Center, 3rd Floor Address: 10467 White Granite Drive Oakton, VA 22124 (Parking lot entrance is across from Flag pole Ln) Unable to join in person, join via webinar! RSVPs appreciated if attending in person, but not required RSVP is required for Webinar You can RSVP Online:  http://www.servicesource.org/fss-events or by Phone: 703-461-1192 or by Email:  familysupportservices@servicesource.org Download flyer:  March 2016 Housing Resource Seminar Posted by Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law, Virginia Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning Lawyer whose office [...]

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Family Support Services at ServiceSource is hosting a Housing Resource Seminar on March 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM.

Learn more about what types of housing resources are available in Virginia and start thinking about what type of housing your loved one(s) might need in the future.

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Questions to be answered include:

What housing options are available for my loved one(s)?
Are there requirements for different types of housing?
What’s the difference between sponsored residential and group home living?
What’s the difference between drop- in support and respite?

Guest speakers from various organizations will be available to answer questions about housing resources for people with disabilities (developmental, emotional, intellectual, physical), and seniors.

Time:  10:00AM – 11:30AM
Location: ServiceSource Disability Resource Center, 3rd Floor
Address: 10467 White Granite Drive Oakton, VA 22124 (Parking lot entrance is across from Flag pole Ln)
Unable to join in person, join via webinar!

RSVPs appreciated if attending in person, but not required
RSVP is required for Webinar

You can RSVP Online:  http://www.servicesource.org/fss-events or by Phone: 703-461-1192
or by Email:  familysupportservices@servicesource.org

Download flyer:  March 2016 Housing Resource Seminar

Posted by Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law, Virginia Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning Lawyer whose office is part of  ServiceSource’s Disability Resource Center.  See www.sheriabrams.com for more information about Sheri.

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January 2016 Newsletter—Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning News http://sheriabrams.com/newsletter/january-2016-newsletter-2/ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:23:30 +0000 http://sheriabrams.com/?p=4360 Please see the January 2016 Newsletter of Fairfax Virginia Disability and Special Needs Planning Attorney, Sheri Abrams. For Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning News click  here For more information visit:  www.sheriabrams.com

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Northern Virginia Emergency Phone Numbers & Websites http://sheriabrams.com/news-and-announcements/northern-virginia-emergency-phone-numbers-websites/ Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:54:29 +0000 http://sheriabrams.com/?p=4228 With the expected “historic” snow storm heading Northern Virginia’s way, I wanted to remind everyone of  some of the important phone numbers and websites to keep handy: 9-1-1, for police, fire, and rescue (life-threatening emergencies only, please) Public Safety Non-Emergency: 703-691-2131 Fairfax County Emergency Information Line: 703-817-7771 Dominion Virginia Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) NOVEC: 703-335-0500 or 1-888-335-0500 Washington Gas: 1-800-752-7520 VDOT: 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) Fairfax Water: 703-698-5800 Verizon Customer Service: 1-800-VERIZON (837-4966) Cox Customer Service: 703-378-8422 Fairfax County Stormwater Management Division: 703-877-2800 Fairfax County Wastewater Collection Division Trouble Response Center: 703-323-1211 Also remember to have your cellular phones and portable electronics fully charged before the storm hits. For weather and road conditions: Call 511; or Visit www.511virginia.org; or Follow @511northernva on Twitter; or Go to mobile.weather.gov for smart phones; or Visit www.VirginiaDOT.org. In all cases, stay away from downed wires near downed trees. Electricity can travel through tree limbs. Never remove tree limbs or other items that are touching or are near a downed wire. To report downed trees: Adjacent to Public Roads: VDOT at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) On County Parkland: Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-324-8594 Posing Hazard to Public Areas: Fairfax County Urban Forestry at 703-324-1770 Private Property: Removal is the [...]

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With the expected “historic” snow storm heading Northern Virginia’s way, I wanted to remind everyone of  some of the important phone numbers and websites to keep handy:

9-1-1, for police, fire, and rescue (life-threatening emergencies only, please)

Public Safety Non-Emergency: 703-691-2131

Fairfax County Emergency Information Line: 703-817-7771

Dominion Virginia Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)

NOVEC: 703-335-0500 or 1-888-335-0500

Washington Gas: 1-800-752-7520

VDOT: 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623)

Fairfax Water: 703-698-5800

Verizon Customer Service: 1-800-VERIZON (837-4966)

Cox Customer Service: 703-378-8422

Fairfax County Stormwater Management Division: 703-877-2800

Fairfax County Wastewater Collection Division Trouble Response Center: 703-323-1211

Also remember to have your cellular phones and portable electronics fully charged before the storm hits.

For weather and road conditions:

Call 511; or

Visit www.511virginia.org; or

Follow @511northernva on Twitter; or

Go to mobile.weather.gov for smart phones; or

Visit www.VirginiaDOT.org.

In all cases, stay away from downed wires near downed trees. Electricity can travel through tree limbs. Never remove tree limbs or other items that are touching or are near a downed wire.

To report downed trees:

Adjacent to Public Roads: VDOT at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623)

On County Parkland: Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-324-8594

Posing Hazard to Public Areas: Fairfax County Urban Forestry at 703-324-1770

Private Property: Removal is the property owner’s responsibility.

Additional preparedness information can be found at:

Customize your weather forecast at www.weather.gov  ( type city and state, or zip code, and check the box “remember me.”)

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare

http://fairfaxcountyemergency.wordpress.com

Please take precautions now to keep you and your family safe.

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If you live in Virginia and Are Denied Social Security Disability Benefits, What Should You Do? http://sheriabrams.com/virginia-social-security-disability-information/live-virginia-denied-social-security-disability-benefits/ Mon, 11 Jan 2016 21:02:55 +0000 http://sheriabrams.com/?p=4209 Appeal! Many disabled people in Virginia become disheartened and frustrated after they receive a Social Security disability benefits denial notice, and they do not appeal. This is often a mistake. Nationally, about 80% of all applicants are denied initially and about 90% are denied at the first appeal stage–Reconsideration. But many of these people ultimately receive their benefits. What may be most frustrating about applying for Social Security Disability benefits in Virginia is the process itself. Those who apply are often made to feel like they are asking for something that they do not deserve, and nothing could be further from the truth. Social Security Disability is not a welfare program; these benefits are paid for by you and were intended to act as a financial buffer in case you or a family member became seriously ill or injured. Therefore, if you live in Virginia, are unable to work, but have been denied benefits, you should appeal. Fairfax Virginia Attorney, Sheri Abrams, has been representing those with claims for Social Security Disability benefits in Virginia, DC & Maryland for over 20 years. Please visit www.sheriabrams.com for more information.

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Appeal!

Many disabled people in Virginia become disheartened and frustrated after they receive a Social Security disability benefits denial notice, and they do not appeal. This is often a mistake. Nationally, about 80% of all applicants are denied initially and about 90% are denied at the first appeal stage–Reconsideration. But many of these people ultimately receive their benefits.

What may be most frustrating about applying for Social Security Disability benefits in Virginia is the process itself. Those who apply are often made to feel like they are asking for something that they do not deserve, and nothing could be further from the truth. Social Security Disability is not a welfare program; these benefits are paid for by you and were intended to act as a financial buffer in case you or a family member became seriously ill or injured. Therefore, if you live in Virginia, are unable to work, but have been denied benefits, you should appeal.

Fairfax Virginia Attorney, Sheri Abrams, has been representing those with claims for Social Security Disability benefits in Virginia, DC & Maryland for over 20 years.

Please visit www.sheriabrams.com for more information.

Original article: If you live in Virginia and Are Denied Social Security Disability Benefits, What Should You Do?

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Should You Update Your Will When You Move to or from Virginia? http://sheriabrams.com/wills/update-will-move-virginia/ Tue, 05 Jan 2016 21:52:59 +0000 http://sheriabrams.com/?p=4073 Among all the changes you must make when you move to a new state — driver’s license, voter registration — don’t forget your will. While your will should still be valid in the new state, there may be differences in the new state’s laws that may make certain provisions of your will invalid. In addition, moving is a good excuse to consult an attorney to make sure your estate plan in general is up to date. Property laws can vary from state to state. It is especially important to have your estate plan reviewed if you move from a common law state to a community property state (Arizona, California, Idaho, New Mexico, Louisiana, Washington, Nevada, Texas, Wisconsin, and Alaska) or vice versa. In a common law state each spouse’s property is owned individually, while in a community property state, property acquired during the marriage is considered community property. In addition, states may have different rules about when co-owned property may pass to the surviving owner and when it may pass under the will. Other things to consider are whether there is any language you can add to the will to make it easier to probate in the new state and [...]

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Among all the changes you must make when you move to a new state — driver’s license, voter registration — don’t forget your will.

While your will should still be valid in the new state, there may be differences in the new state’s laws that may make certain provisions of your will invalid. In addition, moving is a good excuse to consult an attorney to make sure your estate plan in general is up to date.

Property laws can vary from state to state. It is especially important to have your estate plan reviewed if you move from a common law state to a community property state (Arizona, California, Idaho, New Mexico, Louisiana, Washington, Nevada, Texas, Wisconsin, and Alaska) or vice versa. In a common law state each spouse’s property is owned individually, while in a community property state, property acquired during the marriage is considered community property.

In addition, states may have different rules about when co-owned property may pass to the surviving owner and when it may pass under the will. Other things to consider are whether there is any language you can add to the will to make it easier to probate in the new state and whether your executor still makes sense based on your new location.

Other pieces of your estate plan may need updating as well. For example, the state may have different rules for powers of attorney or advance directive.

Posted by Sheri R. Abrams, Fairfax Virginia Disability Lawyer, www.sheriabrams.com

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Sheri R. Abrams Attorney at Law Listed in 2016 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers http://sheriabrams.com/law-firm-information/sheri-r-abrams-attorney-at-law-listed-in-2016-best-law-firms-by-u-s-news-world-report-and-best-lawyers/ Tue, 29 Dec 2015 23:34:56 +0000 http://sheriabrams.com/?p=4114 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers has ranked the Fairfax Virginia law firm of Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law, in its 2016 “Best Law Firms” publication for excellence in the area of Elder Law. Firms included in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. The 2016 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 74 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan-based practice areas. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings, for the sixth consecutive year, are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. Clients and peers were asked to evaluate firms based on the following criteria: responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, integrity and civility, as well as whether they would refer a matter to the firm and/or consider the firm a worthy competitor.

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U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers has ranked the Fairfax Virginia law firm of Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law, in its 2016 “Best Law Firms” publication for excellence in the area of Elder Law.

Firms included in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

The 2016 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 74 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan-based practice areas.

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings, for the sixth consecutive year, are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. Clients and peers were asked to evaluate firms based on the following criteria: responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, integrity and civility, as well as whether they would refer a matter to the firm and/or consider the firm a worthy competitor.

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