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A good lawyer knows more than just the law.  He knows his clients.  You are unique and deserve a lawyer who treats you as more than just a number.  Matt Liebenhaut is a Tallahassee disability and family law attorney and at Liebenhaut Law, we ensure we take the time to get to know our clients.  You can rest assured we will take the time to hear your concerns and keep you informed.  Treating clients with kindness, respect, and professionalism is our guiding principle.  Call or click today for a free disability case evaluation with a Tallahassee Social Security Disability Attorney.

Liebenhaut Law serves the North Florida and South Georgia areas which includes Tallahassee, concentrating in the areas of:

  • Private Disability Insurance Disputes/ERISA
    Matt Liebenhaut represents individuals throughout Tallahassee and North Florida at all stages of their disability insurance application and appeals.

Albany GA Social Security Disability Attorney Discusses Disability Claims

Albany GA Social Security disability attorneyIf you are disabled, it is important to hire an experienced Albany GA Social Security disability attorney as quickly as possible. Too often, the Social Security Administration denies valid claims — leading to prolonged delays and financial hardship. Before you file for benefits or appeal a denial, consider speaking with a disability lawyer to learn about your options and how to proceed.

You may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits if you are unable to work due to a severe physical or mental health condition. In order to qualify, you must meet the Administration’s definition of disability. Typically, this means that your medical conditions must prevent you from doing full-time work for at least 12 months. However, depending on your age, work experience and medical conditions, the disability criteria may vary. An Albany GA Social Security disability attorney can advise you regarding your eligibility for benefits.

What Is Social Security Disability?

Social Security Disability Insurance (sometimes called SSDI), is paid to disabled workers. Benefits include cash assistance and (after a waiting period) Medicare coverage. To be eligible, you must have:

  • sufficient work credits to qualify,
  • severe medical impairments, and
  • functional limitations that prevent you from working for at least 12 months.

Work credits are based on your earnings and Social Security contribution. If you have never worked (or have been unemployed for a prolonged period), you may not be eligible for Social Security disability. However, if you have limited financial assets, you may still be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). An Albany GA Social Security disability attorney can help you assess your eligibility and maximize your benefits.

Filing an Initial Social Security Application

While you may apply for Social Security disability without an attorney’s help, it may not be in your best interest to do so. Most successful Social Security applications include extensive medical evidence and a detailed analysis of your disability claim. You cannot assume that the Social Security Administration will fully investigate your claim. Too often, the Administration will make a decision based on limited evidence. An Albany GA Social Security disability attorney can guide you through the process and assure that your application is complete and fully developed.

Appealing a Social Security Denial

Unfortunately, most Social Security applications are denied. While a denial can be emotionally devastating, you should always consider appealing. Only about 35% of Social Security applications are approved — and many of these denied claims are legitimate. If your Social Security application is denied, you typically must appeal within 60 days. You may have to restart the disability claim process if you do not meet this deadline. For this reason, you should contact an experienced Albany GA Social Security disability attorney as soon as possible. He or she can help you file the correct paperwork and help you build a stronger appeal.

Social Security disability claims may involve a series of appeals. Your claim may involve a:

  • Reconsideration
  • Administrative Hearing
  • Appeals Council review
  • Federal Court Appeal

Too frequently, the Administration denies valid claims because of mistakes and misunderstandings. However, appeals frequently require detailed discussions of your medical evidence and the relevant legal arguments. It can be difficult for an unrepresented claimant to properly prepare a claim on appeal. For this reason, you should speak with an Albany GA Social Security disability attorney who is willing to pursue appealable cases. You shouldn’t give up on your claim — an attorney may improve your chances of a successful appeal.

How Can an Albany GA Social Security Disability Attorney Help You With a Disability Claim?

When you’re unrepresented, the Social Security disability claims process can seem overwhelming. You must provide detailed information about your medical conditions, work history, and functional limitations. You have to complete multiple and sometimes repetitive forms. Moreover, it can be difficult preparing a Social Security disability claim while dealing with chronic pain and other symptoms. For these reasons, it is easy for unrepresented claimants to make mistakes. 

When you hire a skilled Albany GA Social Security disability attorney, he or she will help you understand and navigate the claims process. Your lawyer will:

  • get to know you and your claim through a comprehensive interview and investigation process
  • provide a personalized assessment of your disability claim
  • give legal advice and emotional support throughout the claims process
  • help you complete forms and other claims information
  • properly file your disability application or appeal
  • compile all of your medical and vocational evidence
  • when appropriate, request an expedited hearing for dire financial need or a compassionate allowance
  • prepare you for your hearing
  • submit legal arguments and medical summaries
  • work diligently to maximize your Social Security benefits

A lawyer provides peace of mind — and gives you time to focus on your medical treatment and well-being. Your attorney will also not charge a fee unless you receive benefits.  

Speak With an Albany GA Social Security Disability Attorney Today

Liebenhaut Law represents claimants in disability claims and appeals. If you need an Albany GA Social Security disability attorney, we are here to help you get the benefits you deserve. 

Two Liebenhaut Law Alumni Pass the Bar

Over the years, we have had the opportunity to see undergraduate and law students who have worked at Liebenhaut Law go on to graduate law school and start their own careers as attorneys. Two of our favorite, Melanie Kalmanson and Michael Dobson, learned today that they passed the Florida Bar Exam and will very shortly be licensed to practice law in the state of Florida.  We are very proud of Melanie and Michael and wish them all the best as they embark on their legal career.  Below is a brief intro to these two future rock star lawyers.


MELANIE KALMANSON initially worked for the firm in the Summer of 2012. Over the years, she has come back to work for us at various times. When she started here, she was interested in learning about various types of law, but was very clear that she had no interest in becoming a family lawyer. We challenged Melanie to get involved in some family cases despite her initial aversion. To all of our surprise, Melanie took to family law and very quickly was able to add a lot of value on the cases on which she worked. She went on to law school and became a member of the Florida State University Law Review, moot court, and mock trial teams (a rare and impressive feat). She has had several articles published in various prestigious law journals throughout the country. She is now clerking for the Supreme Court of Florida.




MICHAEL DOBSON came to us as a college kid with intelligence, charisma, and humility. He was an intern for the firm as an undergraduate student in 2011. Michael impressed everyone at the firm with his maturity and initiative. He was caring and every client with him he worked grew to appreciate his obvious interest in their situation. Michael came to us with a great interest in public policy and legislative affairs. He has since gone to work for the Florida House of Representatives. We look forward to watching him continue to excel in his legal career and otherwise.


What is a green card?

What is a Green Card?

     If you have decided that you wish to live in the United States long-term and want to work here for indefinitely, a green card is something that will be something of interest to you.  A Green Card holder is someone who is considered a permanent resident to the United States and has the ability to work here for the rest of his or her life.  As immigration lawyers in Tallahassee, we assist people locally and across the country with green card issues.  Below is a brief explanation of green cards.

How Can I get a Green Card?

  1. Green Card Through Family
  • If you have an immediate relative of a U.S citizen.
  • A family member of a U.S. citizen is in one of the following categories: unmarried sons or daughters over the age of 21, married children of any age, and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older.
  • A family member is already a green card holder
  • A member of a special category.

For more Information on the four possibilities listed click here.

  1. Green Card Through Job

For more information on the possibilities on how to get a Green Card through a job, click here.

  1. Other Ways to hold a Green Card

Other circumstances that may help you get a Green Card can be found here.

  1. Green Card for a Refugee

If you are a refugee seeking a Greek Card, click here to see if you are eligible and to learn about the application process.

  1. Green Card for an Asylee

     If you are an asylee and would like a clear explanation on the eligibility criteria and the application process, click here.

Contact us

     If you have any questions regarding the Green Card or want any assistance, give us a call at (855) WHEN-IN-DOUBT and we will gladly assist you. Matt Liebenhaut and Brandon Smoot, a lawyer specializing in topics such as the Green Card, are Tallahassee immigration attorneys here to help. He truly is here to help and will do his absolute best to make sure that your Green Card application will pass because at Liebenhaut Law, we put our clients first.

Avoid Social Security Disability Scams and Identity Theft!

Florida residents are the #1 targets for a serious organized crime; identity theft critically affects nearly 15 million people each year in the U.S. alone. Scammers and phishers are dishonest but they are not shy! They will call, email, or text you—often sounding very professional—and will construct creative ways to obtain your personal information. Between dumpster diving and stealing mail, one of the ways these cowardly criminals will assume the identity of their victims is by misleading the victim to believe they are somebody else, often over the phone. They are fakes, making a living off YOUR livelihood.

While their targets range from children to our elderly, our only weapon against these milksops is our good judgment. If you are applying for any form of benefits make sure to protect yourself from Social Security Disability Scams. If you have any questions, call your local social security office or a social security lawyer in Tallahassee.


As Tallahassee disability attorneys, this particular kind of threat upsets us because it is the people we strive so hard to help that are so often affected by these dishonest masquerades and fraudulent claims. Hard-workers and those who unfortunately find it too difficult to find enough support anymore are taken advantage of. It pains me to see how insensitive a human can be to fellow person. In an effort to look out for those we represent—we provide you with 3 easy-to-live by tips and precautions to fend off these criminals out to steal your money and your identity:

  1. You DO NOT have to give any personal information to anyone over the phone!

If the person asking for your personal information—such as Social Security number or banking information—is from an honest source, then you should never feel as though you are being pressured or will face serious consequences if you fail to give out your own personal information.  Call your local field office or a Tallahassee social security lawyer if you have questions.

  1. You should NEVER give your personal information via E-mail or through text!

It is highly unlikely that anyone official will seek to obtain such important information via E-mail or especially text. If you do not absolutely recognize the source of any E-mail or text requesting your personal information delete that message!

  1. While you can have an appointed representative payee handle your monthly benefits, those who do not should ALWAYS regularly check your monthly statements and keep track of ALL review statements in a folder, or old box.  Lastly, find a good, comfortable wallet. An unorganized wallet may be hard to sit on at times, but any organized wallet containing your I.D.(s) and credit card(s) SHOULD snugly fit inside any pants’ pockets or purse. Always know where your wallet or purse is!

If you plan on having or being an appointed payee representative – someone who is found to be responsible and trustworthy by the Social Security Administration to manage your received benefits; it is so important that the payee is more than familiar with the beneficiary’s conditions and limitations.

If you ever have any serious concerns regarding these matters and can’t get an answer from Social Security, call to get feedback from one of our Tallahassee social security attorneys.

By obtaining YOUR personal information such as birthdays, banking information, and—most importantly—your Social Security number, these scammers will make purchases using your credit card numbers and expect you to pay for it. My team and I are prepared to answer any & all of your questions during your (or a loved one’s) battle for benefits.


Can my kids get social security benefits if I am disabled?

The answer is often “Yes.”  Your kids get social security benefits if your are disabled. Over the past 60 years, Social Security has provided critical benefits to the families of those whom have paid their debt to its tax-based trust fund. Besides retirement, Social Security has proven helpful to so many people that have been found unable to work due to limiting conditions. These disability benefits are provided through Social Security’s Social Security Disability Insurance program. To find one of the most experienced Tallahassee disability lawyers, call Liebenhaut Law today.

Family Benefits

Approved SSDI claimants are not only rewarded SSDI benefits and Medicare, their families can receive additional benefits as well.  Monthly checks of up to half the disabled worker’s rate may be paid to the following members of a beneficiary’s family:

  • Children under the age of 18
  • Disabled Children 18-19 years old as full-time students in no higher than the 12th Grade
  • Adult Children Disabled before the age of 22.
  • Spouses (in certain situations)

Generally, a dependent child of a beneficiary will stop receiving benefits after 18 years of age. For an adult to receive benefits as a dependent of a beneficiary, he or she must meet the definition of disability prior to becoming 22 years old. The adult child also must earn no more than $1,130 per month.  Our Tallahassee social security lawyers have helped many parents win disability benefits and then assisted their disabled adult children prove disability prior to age 22.

A spouse may receive benefits if he or she is caring for a beneficiary’s child under age of 16 and is receiving Social Security benefits. Also, a spouse may qualify to receive benefits based on a beneficiary’s record if he or she is older than 62 and collects a lower Social Security benefit based on their earnings record.

A divorced spouse may qualify to receive benefits based on a beneficiary’s earnings record if he or she is unmarried at or above 62 years of age, and was married to the beneficiary for at least 10 years. He or she must also not be eligible to receive an equal or higher rate based on their record. A divorced spouse may be eligible to receive benefits on your behalf, even if you remarry.

Contact Us

 If you would like to ask how your spouse or other dependents could receive benefits on your behalf, speak to the Tallahassee Social Security lawyers at Liebenhaut Law. Call (850) 270-6977 to learn more about disability benefits and how they can improve your family’s income. Our Tallahassee-based Social Security disability law firm is open Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm.  Call us now or or complete a free online consultation to talk to an experienced Tallahassee Social Security disability attorney within 24 hours.