Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Blocked in only to find this...#pacman almost #aprilfools


Good advice. 

Disability Benefits Aren’t That Easy to Get | NOSSCR

Disability Benefits Aren’t That Easy to Get | NOSSCR.  They certainly aren't.  6/10 claims are denied after ALL appeals.  This is astounding.  It means 40% of cases after all the denials at all levels are successful.  And the cases take years.  Sometimes 2 1/2 years.  It is disgraceful.  Anyone who tells you Social Security disability is easy is ignorant.  They are probably stupid too.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Don't the state police (not in NC) park where they want anyway?

I was almost run off the road by a trooper in a state other than NC recently.

My interview on online legal forms on #wfmy #legalzoom


Monday, March 23, 2015

#thewill #saga

#Legalzoom case: I am going on WFMY on Wednesday at 5:30 to discuss it #SCOTUS

The North Carolina State Bar and the lawyers in North Carolina are eagerly awaiting the SCOTUS decision as to whether Legal Zoom online legal forms constitute the unauthorized practice of law.  I will be appearing on WFMY at 5:30 on Wednesday to discuss the topic.  If SCOTUS says no, then many people will use the program to draft documents.  This may create many invalid wills and powers of attorney as well as other invalid documents.  It could be a mess, and even more litigation could ensue.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

All lawyers should write for fun, draw or participate in the arts #amwriting

Because it edifies the soul, and it makes you a better lawyer.  Drawing and writing give me a greater attention to detail.  I observe the world more closely, and, consequently, I notice far more as a lawyer. Being a lawyer is about seeing the correct moves so to speak.  Seeing options is another way to put it.  I really enjoy drawing and writing, and it is good for me to take short breaks to write or draw so I can recharge and get back to filing an appeal, drafting a document or preparing for a hearing.

#PrinceRobotIV #Saga

A sketch.

Misconceptions #BeforeTwitterl

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

3,000+ #Twitter followers

How many do you have?

Running attire

The proper kind.

Social Security disability hearings can hinge on "little things" #SSA

I've handled a few hundred Social Security disability hearings, and all of them are different and the same.  Each person has their own unique story, but there are common threads that are woven throughout the tapestry of a a good case.

First, a good case has solid evidence that backs up the claimants complaints.  This is in the form of medical evidence and testimonial evidence.

Second, if subjective complaints and objective evidence (medical records) line up, then a claimant is usually deemed "credible."  This means the claimant is believable.  Veracity is one part of it, but is is more about the complaints, the evidence and the actual symptoms being in sync.

Third, the "little things" (anecdotes) line up with the evidence and claimant's story.  For example, if a claimant sits on a bench in the shower and can't bend over to tie his or her shoes, then that claimant cannot meet the demands of a job where they need to stand.  If the only jobs that person can do require standing, then that claimant is likely disabled.

There are no silver bullets in disability cases, but I continue to be amazed at how cases are made or lost on seemingly "little things" that end up looming large because they are reliable indicia.

Don't be an #Eyore #WinniethePooh

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Lawyers can't use the term #specialist without proper certification by the state bar

People often ask with me what I specialize in, and I don't have a speciality.  Specialization is a term of art used by the North Carolina State Bar by attorneys who devote a large percentage of their time to a particular area, take a certain number of CLE hours in that area each year and pass a specialization exam.  I haven't specialized in an area yet, but I may.  My practice is too diverse to do that at this point.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

#Selma50 began fifty years ago today

Let us not forget the march, the events before (especially) and the struggle that continues today.  Martin Luther King Jr. led the march from Selma to Montgomery,  and the march forced President Lyndon Johnson to propose and push for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Unfortunately, today the right to vote is being attacked by the Supreme Court and voter ID legislation.  So the battle continues fifty years later.

Friday, March 6, 2015

3 years ago today...oh my

Excited to participate in NCBA 4ALL day

The NCBA started 4ALL day in 2007.  Since that time tens of thousand of calls have been fielded and tens of thousands of people have been helped.  People can call until 7 PM today.  Here are the numbers listed below:

Here I am with Attorney General Roy Cooper and Mayor Dan Clodfelter at the NCBA "Legal Feeding Frenzy"

Sunday, March 1, 2015

My favorite #Banksy

#HouseofCards gets good in episode 4

Love the justice slipping mentally and the duplicity of the Solicitor General.  But Frank Underwood wants her to be a SCOTUS justice.  Removes a rival.