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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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
What is a Social Security representative payee? When one is granted disability under the Social Security disability program, they might be in such condition that they will not be deemed able to manage the benefits on their own. If that is determined to be the case,...read more
Does Addiction & Alcoholism Affect Social Security Disability? Drug addiction and alcoholism (DAA) are terrible diseases that can wreak havoc on the body and take a serious toll on a person’s mental and physical well-being. Unfortunately, anyone who had been...read more
How Your Marital Status Affects Your SSI Benefits Marriage can affect your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. It depends on your spouse’s financial assets and earningsl. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two different types of disability...read more
A non-medical denial (also known as a technical denial) occurs when you don’t meet the non-medical requirements for Social Security disability set forth by the SSA. If you cannot meet the non-medical requirements for disability benefits, your medical condition is not...read more
Can You Work While Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits? Working and SSDI Benefits Once You have been Approved
Can You Work While Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits? Working and SSDI Benefits Once You have been Approved You cannot work at "substantial gainful activity" (SGA) levels and continue to receive disability benefits. SGA means you are working and making...read more