Social Security Disability


Have you been turned down by other law firms because it's "too early" to get a disability attorney involved?  Not us.  We thank the initial state is the best time to help our clients prepare for their case.


What is the legal definition of Social Security Disability?


A person is considered disabled if he has a physical and/or emotional condition that renders him unable to perform substantial gainful activity, considering his age, education and past work history. The condition must have been or be expected to last one year (or to result in death.)


What is the practical definition of disability?


A disability is any medical condition that prevents you from working at a regular full-time job for at least 12 months.


When should I apply for Social Security Disability benefits?


You should apply for Social Security Disability benefits as soon as you and your doctors agree that your disability is going to last a full year. You are not eligible for benefits if your condition doesn't last a full year; so many people have to wait for a while to see what happens with their medical condition. Others, who have been struggling to work in spite of their disability and know the condition is not going away, should apply as soon as they stop working.


Do I have to wait until I've been denied twice and at the hearing level to hire an attorney?


No. Not at Tucker Griffin Barnes. We accept cases at all stages, the initial claim, reconsideration and the administrative hearing level.

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Mary Ann Barnes - Social Security Disability & Estate Planning Attorney

Mary Ann Barnes received her Bachelor of Arts degree and Paralegal Certificate from James Madison University in 1983. After college, she worked as a Real Estate Paralegal in Charlottesville for a few years before proceeding to law school.  In law school, she clerked for Doroshow & Pasquale, a law firm in Wilmington, Delaware. Those years were spent focusing on Workers Compensation, Personal Injury and Family Law cases. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Delaware Law School in 1988.


Shortly thereafter, she returned to Virginia and devoted the next eleven years to personal injury practice. In 1999, she joined William Tucker and Yvonne Griffin to form Tucker Griffin Barnes PC. At that time, she hoped to focus on an area of law that involved medical issues, while at the same time expand into other areas. Today her practice includes Social Security Disability, Estate Planning, Adoptions and Premarital Agreements. Quite an eclectic mix!


"I enjoy being part of a law firm that is committed to providing the highest caliber of legal representation while at the same time maintaining its hometown perspective. We strive to represent the members of this community. Our goal at Tucker Griffin Barnes is not to be a mass production mega firm. Each department is an intimate group led by a partner and staffed with highly qualified individuals. Every one of my clients gets my personal attention."

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