Month: September 2019

Why have a Lawyer help with your Social Security Disability Claims?

Wondering how to apply for disability in Indiana? Being found disabled has never been easy. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has 4 stages in the application process for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

The 4 Stages are: 

  1.  Filing an Indiana Disability Application for Social Security Disability Benefits/Supplemental Security Income;
  2.  If denied you then file a Request for Reconsideration;
  3. If your Request for Reconsideration is denied  you file a Request for Hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ); and
  4. If you receive an unfavorable decision from an ALJ you may appeal the unfavorable decision with the Appeals Council (AC).

The number of applicants winning their disability is decreasing:

Over the years fewer and fewer applicants filing for disability have received disability at the Hearing level in front of an ALJ (after step 3). And even fewer have received disability benefits prior to this stage. The average approval rate for Social Security Disability Benefits has dropped to around 36% nationally.  In the past, the approval rate has been above 50% at the hearing level. Unfortunately, the approval rate appears to be continuing to decrease. The trend is less and less people are being approved for disability benefits.

Why you need an Attorney:

The lesson to be learned is if you are seeking disability benefits from the SSA, you need all the help you can get. After an initial denial, it is wise to enlist the help of an attorney who practices Social Security Disability law. This is not a guarantee of success, but it does increase the odds. Once you receive a denial you have a strict time frame to file an appeal. An experienced attorney will help guide you through the appeals process and ensure your medical record is updated. As each Social Security Hearing Office is different, a local attorney will have a feel for the various local judges and may have some additional insight that is helpful.

If you have been denied Social Security Disability, call the trusted lawyers at Perry Law Office. We can help you get the disability benefits you deserve.


Landlord 101 – General rules all Landlords should be aware of

Partial Payments: 

In general if a Landlord wants to evict someone who has not paid rent, they should not accept any future rent. Acceptance of rent, even partial rent, could prevent a landlord from receiving an order of possession from the Court or from the Sheriff enforcing such an order during the Writ process.

Personal Property Left in Unit:

Allen County has a local rule regarding personal property left in a rental unit after the Landlord regains possession. A landlord must send a letter, giving a Tenant 14 days to remove their belongings.

Security Deposit Letter:

Some refer to this as the 45 Day Letter. Once a Landlord regains possession of the unit/house they MUST send a letter itemizing how the security deposit was applied to damages or back rent. If there is any deposit left, the letter must also include a check for the remaining amount. This needs to be sent to the forwarding address provided by the tenant.

Prorate carpet:

In Allen County the court requires that a Landlord prorate carpet to a 7 year life span. To do this a Landlord needs to have a copy of the invoice when the carpet was originally installed (for the install date) and an invoice for the newly installed carpet (for the install date and cost). The Landlord may only charge for the remaining life of the carpet, not the entire replacement cost of the carpet. Creating a Carpet Prorate sheet to show how you came to this amount is highly suggested and in most cases required.


Some of these Rules are solely for the Allen County, Indiana area. Many courts treat the above slightly different and may have their own local rules. Please contact your local court or attorney for the common practices/rules in your area. Facts and history between the Landlord and Tenant may also change the actual outcome.  Perry Law Office can help with your eviction needs.