Monday, February 10, 2014

Social Security will now give you an estimate of your potential future benefits using different retirement dates.  Try their Quick Calculator. 

It gives a simple, rough estimate when you input your date of birth and this year's earnings. 


http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/quickcalc/

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Suit Alleges Bias in Disability Denials

A class-action lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Federal District Court in Brooklyn says that five of the eight Queens judges are not just difficult, but also biased against the applicants — many of whom are poor or immigrants — and have systematically denied benefits to the disabled by making legal and factual errors.

“They are not calling cases down the middle,” said Jim Walden, a partner at the firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which is handling the suit pro bono, with the Mental Health Project at the Urban Justice Center, a nonprofit group. “They are being extremely heavy-handed with some of the most vulnerable people you could ever meet.”


Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2924 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, Tennessee 37918
(865) 522-9000

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I used to work but lately I have been staying home taking care of the kids. I have now become sick. Can I get disability benefits?

If you have worked five out of the 10 years under Social Security before becoming disabled, you will have enough earnings in to potentially qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

For individuals age 31 or less, the requirements are a little different, since such individuals have not had such a long time to work. Unless a person has been staying home and taking care of their children for quite a long time, however, it is very possible that they will qualify for Social Security disability benefits based upon their own earnings.

Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2924 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, Tennessee 37918
(865) 522-9000

Monday, February 07, 2011

The Pitfalls of Probate: Free Seminar

Time
Tuesday, March 29 · 5:00pm - 6:00pm

LocationPowell Branch Library
330 West Emory Road
Powell, TN

Created By

More InfoProbating a loved one's estate can be confusing and difficult.

Cannon & Anderson will hold a free seminar about the pitfalls of probate and how to avoid them on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. at the Powell Branch of the Knox County Public Library.

There is no charge to attend the seminar, but seating is limited. Please RSVP here or call (865) 522-9000 to reserve your seat.

Honoring the Man who Saved Social Security

Most Americans would not know the name Robert M. Ball, but all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Starting with Social Security just four years after its enactment, he spent the next seven decades improving and defending the most successful and popular program in the nation's history. Friday, a building on the Woodlawn campus of the Social Security Administration will be dedicated to him, just over three years after his death at age 93.

Mr. Ball was a giant. The longest-serving commissioner in the history of the program, he was instrumental in Congress' enactment of the Disability Insurance program, Medicare, and the automatic inflation protection that beneficiaries enjoy, among many other achievements. Moreover, historians credit him with helping to save Social Security at least four times. The first when he was in his 30s and the program was withering away, in danger of being replaced by welfare. The last when he was in his 90s, and he was Grand Central Station in the effort to derail President George W. Bush's plan to partially privatize the program.


Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2924 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, Tennessee 37918
(865) 522-9000

Monday, January 17, 2011

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Frequently we see people whose doctors have told them that they can't work, but Social Security turns down their claim for disability benefits. If this has happened to you, call us today. Your doctor is probably right.

Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2924 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, Tennessee 37918
(865) 522-9000

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Narcolepsy sufferer falls through the cracks

This is an interesting story about a woman who suffers from narcolepsy.

Narcolepsy can be a legitimate, disabling condition. After you are diagnosed by a doctor, the issue becomes one of how it affects your ability to work.

If you suffer from any condition that affects your ability to work and wonder if you will qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, give us a call. (865) 522-9000.

Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2924 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, Tennessee 37918
(865) 522-9000

Monday, January 03, 2011

Guilty plea in fraud case

It seems like everyone has heard about someone who is getting Social Security Disability benefits but who does not deserve them. Here is a story about what happens to someone who filed a false claim:

A 36-year-old Ferrellsburg woman faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and an order of restitution after pleading guilty to filing a false social security claim.

Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2924 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, Tennessee 37918
(865) 522-9000

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

How do I receive the lump-sum death payment after a relative dies?

A lump-sum death benefit of $255 may be paid upon the death of a person who has worked long enough to be insured under the Social Security program. The lump-sum death benefit can be paid upon the death of the insured person even if they were not receiving retirement or disability benefits at the time of death.


A one-time payment of $255 is payable to the surviving spouse if he or she was living with the beneficiary at the time of death OR, if living apart, was eligible for Social Security benefits on the beneficiary's earnings record for the month of death. If there is no surviving spouse, the payment is made to a child who was eligible for benefits on the beneficiary's earnings record in the month of death. If no spouse or child meeting these requirements exists, then the lump sum death payment will not be paid. The lump sum death payment cannot be paid to funeral homes for funeral expenses.


To file for the benefit, call 800-772-1213 and request an appointment for your local office. Depending on where you live, the local office might be in Knoxville, Morristown, Oak Ridge, Athens, or Cookeville. You must file the application for the lump-sum death payment within the two-year period ending with the second anniversary of the insured person's death.


Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2924 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 522-9000

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas from Cannon & Anderson


The Offices of Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys will be closed until Monday, December 27, 2010.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2924 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 522-9000

Monday, December 20, 2010

In Most Cases, Social Security Benefits are not Subject to Claims of Creditors

Did you know that according to Section 207 of the Social Security Act, the right of any person to any future payment . . . shall not be transferable or assignable, at law or in equity, and none of the moneys paid or payable or rights existing under this title shall be subject to execution, levy, attachment, garnishment, or other legal process.

To make a long story short. Social Security benefits are protected from claims of creditors. There are a few exceptions, such as payment of back taxes and federally-subsidized student loans, but for the most part a creditor can't touch your Social Security. This is true for Social Security Retirement, Social Security Disability, Social Security Widow's Benefits, SSI benefits, and Social Security Survivor's benefits.

If you are being harassed by creditors and receive Social Security benefits, call us. We are attorneys who can help.

Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2924 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 522-9000

Friday, December 17, 2010

What if my 60 days to appeal are running out?




The best thing to do is speak with an attorney about your Social Security Disability claim before your 60 day appeal time expires. However, in some cases that may not be possible.

You can appeal your denial of Social Security Disability benefits online using the Social Security's secure website.


You should always print a copy of everything you file with Social Security, in case there is a problem later. Also, be sure to see a competent attorney right away to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Social Security law is complex and we provide free consultations.

Call us and get straight answers about your Social Security Disability case.

Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2924 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 522-9000


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Attorney Edwin Anderson has been elected to serve as Secretary of the Rotary Club of Knoxville, Tennessee for 2011-2012.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2924 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 522-9000

Monday, December 13, 2010

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Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2924 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 522-9000

Friday, December 10, 2010

Social Security disability claims on the rise nationally and locally.

According to TriCities.com, the Johnson City Office of the Social Security Administration says that since 2007, the number of folks filing for disability locally has risen by thirty four and a half percent.

We believe the same trend is happening here in Knoxville.

Whether your live in Johnson City, Knoxville, or anywhere in between, the attorneys at Cannon & Anderson can help you with your Social Security Disability case.

Call us for a free consultation.

Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2924 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 522-9000

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

How long? An update.

We recently received an updated report from NOSSCR that the average waiting time for Social Security Disability and SSI claims is now 276 days in Kingsport, Tennessee (was 286), 440 days in Knoxville, Tennessee (was 445), 432 days in Chattanooga, Tennessee (was 416), and 482 days in Nashville, Tennessee (was 467).

The worst office in the country? Columbus, Ohio: 634 days.
The best office in the country? Middlesboro, Kentucky: 256 days.

Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2916 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 522-9000

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Can't sleep? Worried about Social Security Disability?

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Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2916 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 522-9000

Friday, March 05, 2010

Who decides if I am disabled?

In Tennessee, after you file a Social Security disability claim, the case file is sent to a disability examiner at the Disability Determination Section (DDS) within the Tennessee Department of Health in Nashville.

This individual, working with a doctor who has been paid by the State of Tennessee, makes the first decision on your case.

If the claim is denied and you ask for "reconsideration", the case is sent to another disability examiner in the same office.

Think of it this way: If you got a traffic ticket, but thought the police officer was wrong, you first have to argue your case to the police officer's partner before you get to see the judge.

If a claim is denied at reconsideration (and most Social Security disability claims in Tennessee are), you can then request a hearing before a Social Security Judge.

After hearing your testimony and reviewing all of the evience, the Judge makes an independent decision on your claim.

Some firms will only take cases after the reconsideration step is over. At Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys, we take cases from the beginning, protecting your rights every step of the way.

Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2916 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 522-9000

I live in Morristown. Can you take my case?

Yes.

As attorneys, Cannon & Anderson have handled many cases for people who have filed for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits and who live in or near Morristown, Tennessee.

Social Security disability and SSI cases for people who live in Morristown are handled by the Social Security Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Kingsport, Tennessee. However, you and your lawyer don't have to drive to Kingsport for your case. The judge will come to you.

Social Security has a hearing office in downtown Morristown. The Judges comes from Kingsport and schedules several disability cases per day in Morristown.

If you live in or around Morristown, call us for a free consultation. We can handle your case.

Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2916 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 522-9000

Thursday, March 04, 2010

How do lawyers who represent Social Security disability claimants get paid?

If you hire us to work on your case, in almost all cases, the fee is one-quarter (25%) of the back benefits if you win no fee if you do not win.

Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2916 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 522-9000

Little-Known Disabled Adult Child Benefits

In rare cases, a young adult becomes disabled before he or she has earned enough credits while working to quality for Social Security Disability benefits on his or her own.

An adult disabled before age 22 may be eligible for Disabled Adult Child (DAC) benefits if a parent is deceased or receives retirement or disability benefits from Social Security. This is called a "child's" benefit because it is paid on a parent's Social Security earnings record.

The "adult child"—including an adopted child, or, in some cases, a stepchild, grandchild, or step grandchild—must be unmarried, age 18 or older, and have a disability that started before age 22.

You can read more about DAC benefits here.

Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2916 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 522-9000

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What Does Social Security Mean by Disability

One person's definition of disabled may be different than another.

Is it enough to be unable to do the job that you have done for the past 20 or 30 years? What if you have had many jobs in the past? What is your doctor says you can't work?

Social Security has a strict definition of disability. Read about it here on their website. If you are denied, don't give up. Call us.

Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2916 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 522-9000

Monday, February 22, 2010

How Long? An Update

We just got a report from NOSSCR that the average waiting time for Social Security Disability and SSI claims is now 286 days in Kingsport, Tennessee (was 305), 445 days in Knoxville, Tennessee (was 455), 416 days in Chattanooga, Tennessee (was 463), and 467 days in Nashville, Tennessee (was 501).


The worst office in the country? Dayton, Ohio: 634 days.


Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2916 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 522-9000

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Compassionate Allowances for Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease is a debilitating condition which takes a terrible toll on families. The Social Security Administration has recently made it easier for people with Alzheimers who have not reached full retirement age to receive Social Security disability benefits.

http://www.wvnstv.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=75020

Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2916 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 522-9000

Thursday, January 14, 2010

If I get Social Security disability benefits will I also get Medicare?

Yes. However there is a waiting period.

After a person is eligible for Social Security Disability benefits and has received 24 monthly payments (2 years), that person is eligible for Medicare Health Insurance benefits. Social Security will deduct the Medicare premium from each monthly check.

Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2916 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 522-9000

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Are Social Security Disability Benefits Taxable?

In some cases: Yes. This includes Social Security Disability and Social Security retirement payments.

You will soon receive a Form SSA-1099 from the Social Security Administration showing the amount of the benefits (disability or retirement) that you received in 2009. To determine if any of your benefits are taxable, figure 50% of your Social Security benefits, and add all of your other income for the year.

Compare that amount with the base amount for your filing status. For single people, the base amount is $25,000. If one-half of your benefits and all your other income is less than $25,000 none of your benefits are taxable.

There are deductions available for attorney's fees in cases where someone had to hire an attorney in order to get their benefits. Be sure to consult with your tax professional, because everyone's situation is different.

Cannon & Anderson, Attorneys
Straight Answers about Social Security Disability
2916 Tazewell Pike, Ste. F
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 522-9000