Gillette Law - September 2018

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ILLETTE

GAZETTE

SEPTEMBER 2018

LIVING EVERY DAY WITH PASSION AND PURPOSE

O ver the years, I have often been asked, “Why do you do what you do?” It’s a very personal question and an ongoing conversation I have with myself. The answer to this question is the foundation of my role as the leader of my firm and as an advisor to my clients: I’m motivated to become the best version of myself while helping others to become the best versions of themselves. At the Gillette Law Group, we come to work to help people make smart decisions to improve their lives. Our goals are to find clients who want to improve their lives and to work together with them so we can all succeed. We are looking for people to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us in pursuit of a better life. We are not interested in judging people, but in lifting them up and encouraging them forward. Helping individuals get approved for Social Security disability benefits can be a significant first step toward getting them the medical care and monthly income they need to address their health conditions and improve their lives. Unfortunately, the Social Security disability system doesn’t always reward those individuals who are struggling to be their best. Sometimes an individual’s attempts at self-improvement are seen as evidence of an individual’s ability to do even more. As a human being, I always want to help those around me find a way to flourish in this world. But as your legal representative, the last thing I want to do is give advice that might hurt your claim. For example, attempting to work or seeking educational opportunities can be interpreted as inconsistent with a claim that an individual is incapable of working full-time on a consistent basis. I’m always interested in discussing these situations with my clients so that I can help them make smart decisions to improve their lives. If you have not yet been approved for disability benefits and are considering a return to work or school, call my office to schedule a time for us to talk. As I discussed last month, if you are receiving disability benefits, you should learn more about the “Ticket to Work” program (choosework. ssa.gov/about/how-it-works/index.html) before returning to work or school. In particular, you should learn more about work incentives that make it possible for you to explore work while still receiving benefits. You may be able to keep your Medicaid/Medicare while you work, have access to individualized support services, and keep some or all of your benefits during your transition period. Also, if you assign your “ticket” to an approved service provider before you receive notice of a medical Continuing Disability Review (CDR), you will not have to undergo the medical review while you are participating in the Ticket to Work program and making progress within Social Security’s timeframes.

As I said, I’m motivated to become the best version of myself while helping others to become the best versions of themselves. A book that helped me bring this into focus is “The Rhythm of Life” by Matthew Kelly. Subtitled “Living Every Day With Passion and Purpose,” Kelly’s inspirational work is all about redefining how we see success in others and ourselves. “The Rhythm of Life” reminds us not to mistake material success for greatness and not to prioritize being busy over being happy. As Kelly says, “We need to dedicate ourselves to development as a person — body, heart, mind, and soul. There is nothing more important in life.”

Helping individuals get approved for Social Security disability benefits can be a significant first step toward getting them the medical care and monthly income they need to address their health conditions and improve their lives.”

This emphasis on the importance of personal development over material wealth has significantly influenced me over the years. In fact, taking inspiration from Kelly’s other famous work, “The Dream Manager,” I made it a priority at both my firm and the Center for Child and Family Services, Inc., the nonprofit I chair, to focus on the development of my employees. Sure, this means that some of our team members outgrow us and move on to their next big things. But so long as that next step is in the direction of that team member’s personal goals and aspirations, I see it as a win-win. There is more to life than work. I try to strike a balance between helping people find success and being an effective disability attorney by remembering that only my clients can define success for themselves. By giving you the tools and resources to help you navigate the complex Social Security disability system, I hope to help you find the fulfillment you’re looking for. If you’ve found that success and want to do your part to help others do the same, we’d love to hear from you! The process of seeking disability benefits can be painfully long, and many people lose hope

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while waiting for relief. Hearing stories from those who have made it through this process and found fulfillment in life, in any shape or form, can be a powerful beacon of hope. If you’d like to share your story in this newsletter, check inside for details! –Brian Gillette

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