Who We AreSharon Christie is the owner and founder of Sharon Christie Law and is an attorney and former nurse. Her team of professionals and paraprofessionals help people win Social Security Disability Benefits!
Are you unable to work because of an illness or disability?
We can help you win your case and get the financial stability you need!
Why Work With Us?
WE DO IT ALL FOR YOU
We handle all aspects of the case for you, from preparing and filing the application through the hearing. If you receive a denial we will prepare and file the appeal on your behalf. You can focus on feeling better, we will focus on winning the case.
WE RETURN YOUR PHONE CALLS
We understand that you will have many questions as you move through the disability process. We never want you to wonder what is happening in your case. We are here to answer your questions.
WE BELIEVE IN CLIENT EDUCATION
The Social Security Disability process is confusing. It is important to us that you understand each step in the process. So, we have a section of the website that is only accessible to our clients.
What our clients say:
I give Sharon Christie and her staff all A+s! All my questions and concerns were answered honestly, no sugar coating. This helped me to be better prepared for my case . I have much gratitude that I found this law firm through the referral of an acquaintance. I am in awe of how well this office works together.
It was great to be able to call and have someone go over the paperwork and help me understand my case. Thank you Ms. Pat for listening.
They did an excellent job of explaining the law and my case.They were extremely efficient in returning my calls and keeping me updated. I’m very pleased with the outcome of my case.
All help was explained and very helpful, Pat was. Lawyer help me go over the day of court great. She advised me well about the status of my case. My hearing couldn’t have gone better.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I can qualify for disability benefits?
Social Security has its own definition of disability. In order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits you must be unable “to engage in any substantial gainful activity” because of physical or mental illness which is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death. “Substantial gainful activity” is not limited to your previous work. If you can do any type of work on a full-time basis, then you would probably not be deemed disabled.
Besides being disabled, what other requirements are there for receiving disability benefits?
In order to receive benefits you have to have worked and paid into the Social Security system for a certain amount of time.
How long do I have to work to be eligible to receive disability benefits?
To receive full benefits under the Social Security system you must have worked and paid Social Security taxes. The length of time you must have worked depends on your age. In general, if you have worked most of your adult life and paid Social Security taxes, you will be eligible to apply for disability benefits.
Why is working a requirement for receiving disability benefits?
As any experienced disability attorney will tell you, the reason you have to work in order to be eligible to receive benefits is because the Social Security Disability Insurance program is an insurance program. Like any other insurance program, you have to pay into it in order to receive benefits. When you work, Social Security taxes are taken out of your paycheck and put into the Social Security Disability Insurance program. It is similar to how insurance premiums are taken out if you obtain health insurance from your employer. In order to qualify for disability benefits, you must have worked recently enough and long enough to achieve “insured” status.
How recently must I have worked in order to qualify for benefits?
You must have worked a total of five out of the last ten years before you apply for benefits.
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