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R. Matthew Stewart

R. Stewart’s Answers

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  • I am homeless can I use a P.O. Box for a mailing address?

    R.’s Answer

    This may not be the basis of your concern, but if you're worried about your checks being stolen from a mailbox, just know that people are getting money deposited by electronic deposit. But I have many clients who use post office boxes for receiving mail. Sometimes a local mail delivery rout drive can be less reliable in certain areas.

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  • The vocational witness said that I can doc3 jobs?

    R.’s Answer

    Of course you know that often vocational experts give three representative examples of jobs. I have done well over a thousand hearings, and very rarely have vocational experts said that my client was restricted to only three jobs in the economy. Very rare. I'm not saying that it didn't happen in your case. If you were approved on this basis, very well. But if the case is denied, review the decision carefully to see if the decisions cited by the vocational experts were examples rather than an exhaustive list.

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  • Met with SSD judge 7 mnths ago sent out to medical dr, came back agreeing now told judge will decide, 3 months ago, why so long

    R.’s Answer

    The delay is really with getting a written decision out. Though usually a decision is out in about 3 months, there are circumstances that make it take longer. We recently had a case take seven months to receive. Unusual, but it happens.

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  • How much does it cost?

    R.’s Answer

    If you have a problem with the way your name appears on you Social Security card, the district office near you may be able to help get it corrected. In my experience it occurs sometimes that the birth certificate and name on a card can be different.

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  • I put that I was married on Form SSA-3373-BK. This is a CDR. I've been scheduled to go to a CE.

    R.’s Answer

    It sounds like the reason for the CE is whether the disability continues. That is a medical issue. Sometimes even if you continue to treat with your own doctor, Social Security is unable to determine if a disability continues. Hence, a CE was set up.

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  • What's your opinion about what ADJ & VE said at end of my hearing regarding no jobs I could do, and they were going back to 2016

    R.’s Answer

    If your question involves how far back they look to determine past relevant work, that may be where you are confused. When they determine what is included in your past relevant work, there are rules that restrict how far back they can look. Too far back in time, those jobs may no longer be relevant to your vocational profile. But what ultimately will determine the outcome is which of the hypotheticals is considered the best fit given your case facts. Most of the time that is not known until the written decision issued in writing.

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  • How can I get my court costs waived as a limited income mentally disabled individual ?

    R.’s Answer

    in federal court, there is a motion to proceed IFP. Be prepared to answer several pages about income and assets. Sometimes they are granted, sometimes not. Ask a local attorney for guidance or check the court's website. Some federal courts provide the forms on the internet in PDF fillable format.

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  • Is there any attorneys that take on pro bono SSD disability case's ?

    R.’s Answer

    A local legal aid clinic may be the first place to look. Look it up by your county. They may not have enough staff to be able to offer you any help, but it's worth a phone call.

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  • Can someone's disability benefits be cancelled if they are having an abuse of,alcohol

    R.’s Answer

    The way you have asked the question implies the person is already been found disabled by the Social Security Administration. If so, presumably the individual's ongoing disability status will be reviewed under continuing disability review. Some percentage of people getting reviewed have the possibility of having benefits cut off. So the very short answer is yes. But it's also possible they're disabled and benefits will continue. Impossible to say without a thorough review of all the facts in the case file and the rationale for the prior decision to find this individual disabled in the first instance.

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  • Hi hi I am on Social Security disability and I'm not supposed to work but my doctor told me it would be okay to have a part-time

    R.’s Answer

    There is a reference to $1,170 being the max you can make. But I think you'd better call a local attorney or discuss this with the attorney who helped you get disability if you hired an attorney. The amount discussed ($1,170) is presumably the substantial gainful activity amount for 2017. I think you want to learn as much as you can find out about "trial work periods." The amount you can earn to trigger a trial work period is not $1,170 per month. It's different.

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