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I have been with The Law Center for Social Security Rights since 1986. I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1984 and my Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Michigan State University in 1990. Having dedicated my entire legal career to the practice of Social Security law, and having handled thousands of social security cases, I have a wealth of knowledge as to how a case should proceed and what proofs will be needed to accomplish the goal of favorably adjudicating a case. I extensively write briefs, both at the administrative level and the Federal Court level. Indeed, I currently have multiple Federal Court appeals which require me to meticulously review hundreds of administrative records to evaluate whether errors have been made by the Administrative Law Judge in denying a Social Security disability claim. I was elected the State Bar of Michigan Chairperson for the Social Security Section and continue to be active in the section. I pride myself on working closely with clients and their doctors to move cases through the application process in a timely and thorough manner. I am also proud of the dedicated and persuasive advocacy of our firm.
Kerry J. Spencer
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The Five Day Rule The Social Security Administration has recently enacted a new rule that has great importance concerning the timely submission of medical evidence. The new rule is called the Five Day Rule because it requires all medical evidence to be submitted 5...read more
How to Qualify for Social Security under the Listings of Impairments The Social Security Administration created the “Blue Book” or the listings of impairments which lists several disorders that qualify for disability. Depending on your condition, the Blue Book will...read more
Can SSI benefits continue for a person who is in a long-term facility? Sometimes medical issues can require a person to be placed in a hospital, nursing home or rehabilitation center. If they are receiving Supplemental Security Income, this can affect their payments...read more
How to Open an ABLE Account for a Disabled Child in Michigan The ABLE Act amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow eligible individuals with disabilities and their families to establish a tax-exempt savings account that allows disbursements of income tax-free funds...read more
What are Social Security Work Credits? To determine who is eligible for various Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a system of credits that establish whether you can file for SSDI. Typically, the number of credits...read more
How to Get the Ball Rolling: Filing the initial application The whole idea of filing for disability can be intimidating. Because the process of pursuing a claim can be extremely time-consuming between setting up an appointment for a disability interview, having the...read more