Welcome to Kerry’s Corner
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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Social Security disability and SSI claims will come up for periodic continuing disability reviews, also called a CDR. It is hard to say how soon or frequent these reviews will occur- no one really knows the answer. Sometimes a review is based on the type of disability...read more
In certain circumstances, you can collect SSI and SSDI at the same time. This happens when a person is approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI) but receives only a low monthly payment. The basic rule is this: to qualify for an SSI payment in addition to an SSDI...read more
It is not uncommon that people file for Social Security retirement benefits when they should have filed for Social Security disability benefits. If you are disabled and close to 62 years old and too disabled to work, you should file for disability. Some people may...read more
It is a program that allows certain people with disabilities to have a special savings account for disability-related expenses up to $14,000 a year without losing their eligibility under SSI, Medicaid and other public benefits. To qualify, the account owner must have...read more
You can generally work part-time while you apply for Social Security disability or SSI benefits as long as your earnings don't exceed a certain amount set by Social Security each year. Social Security calls such work substantial gainful activity or “SGA”. If you are...read more
People are getting emails that pretend to be from the SSA with the subject line "Get Protected," according to the Federal Trade Commission. The gist of the e-mail is that the government is offering to protect your personal info and prevent people from stealing your...read more