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Gordon Gates is a Social Security disability lawyer. He represents clients with Social Security disability and SSI claims in Maine and New Hampshire.

Back in 2006 or so, the Bureau of Hearings and Appeals changed its name to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), as part of a reorganization at Social Security and new regulations. The name was widely panned at the time.

Now, a decade or so later, the Hearings office has been renamed the

There are many benefits to being a Social Security disability lawyer. You are able to help people who really need the help, and it is very gratifying when a claimant receives disability benefits.

I recently received a Fully Favorable decision on a claim where, in addition to getting disability benefits for the client, I may

Everyone applying for Social Security disability benefits wants to know when his or her claim will be decided. Since by definition a disabled person cannot work, a long wait for a decision is a real struggle for most disability claimants. However, there are a couple of steps you can take to speed up the disability claim

I received this question from a reader:

What does it mean when an administrative judge requests a review of title and positions from a claimants work record by vocational expert?

It means that the administrative law judge (ALJ) is considering whether or not you can return to your past relevant work at step 4 of

If you qualify for Social Security disability benefits, your minor children are also awarded benefits. These benefits are in addition to your monthly disability payments, and are intended to help provide the necessities of life for your children. If you remain disabled, the children's benefits will continue until their 18th birthday (a child still in

Part of my practice involves obtaining Title XVI benefits for immigrants and refugees. Often, these clients also need legal help with our complicated immigration system, including issues such as asylum, getting a green card, and citizenship.

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The frequency of your medical treatment is an important factor in your Social Security disability claim. A diagnosis is a first step, but a judge must evaluate your functional limitations due to your medical condition. And when evaluating the seriousness of your functional limitations, regular doctor visits are helpful. Looking at the cases of mine that