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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Is There Any Way of Getting a Social Security Disability or SSI Case Expedited? Many times we are asked whether a hearing can be scheduled quicker because of extenuating financial situation(s) like having a utility cut off or eviction notice.This is called a â€œdire...read more
How Disabled Do You Have to Be to Get Disability? The legal definition of disability under Social Security is tricky and has a lot of vague terms which I will explain. The law defines disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by...read more
What is a Function Report and Why is it so Important?Â When you file for Social Security disability benefits, you will be asked to complete a function report (Form 3373-BK). This report consists of various questions as to what you do during the day or your...read more
Is Social Security Disability Pay Taxed? The answer to this question is tricky and can only be generally discussed. Typically, Social Security disability monies are not taxed. However, whether a social security disability benefit is taxed depends on oneâ€™s total...read more
Can I keep my benefits if I move out of the United States? Generally speaking, Â if you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits under your own work record, then you are able to receive your benefits for at least six months after moving outside the...read more
Physical Residual Functional Capacity Forms- Â Part II An April 2017 blog discussed the importance of getting an RFC form completed for your Social Security disability case. I will discuss in more detail exactly what this form contains. Once again, a physical RFC is...read more