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Springer Ayeni, A Professional Law Corporation
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Bay Area ERISA Disability Benefits Attorney
Bay Area ERISA Disability Benefits Attorney

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"More than Balance," my latest article in “The Verdict Magazine,” was published today by the Alameda and Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association. This article is very special to me because it was co-authored by amazing lawyer moms Erika Jacobsen-White, Teresa Li, and Denise Top.

https://lnkd.in/gS5SrXc

For more contact: Cassie Springer Ayeni, President of Springer Ayeni, A Professional Law Corporation
www.benefitslaw.com

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"More than Balance," my latest article in “The Verdict Magazine,” was published today by the Alameda and Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association. This article is very special to me because it was co-authored by amazing lawyer moms Erika Jacobsen-White, Teresa Li, and Denise Top.

https://lnkd.in/gS5SrXc

For more contact: Cassie Springer Ayeni, President of Springer Ayeni, A Professional Law Corporation
www.benefitslaw.com

hashtag#balance hashtag#lawyermoms hashtag#theverdict hashtag#springerayeni hashtag#benefitslaw hashtag#Employeebenefits hashtag#employeedisabilitybenefits hashtag#erisalawyer hashtag#erisalawfirm hashtag#employeedisabilityinsurance

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I will be presenting the topic: How to issue spot (aka avoid malpractice!) disability and ERISA issues @ the Santa Clara County Bar Association hosted by the Labor and Employment Section on August 23rd.
I look forward to the discussions, questions, and interactions.

For more visit: https://sccba.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1129831&group=

Or contact: +Cassie Ayeni, President of +Springer Ayeni A Professional Law Corporation @ www.benefitslaw.com

#presenter #lawfirms #attorneys #erisa #santaclaracountybar
#mcle #Employeedisabilitybenefits #ERISAdisablity #ERISAlawyer #Superlawyer #Disabilityclaims #Disabilityappeals #Longtermdisability #ERISAlitigator #ERISAbayarea #Disabilitylawyer #Employeebenefitslawyer #ERISAlawfirm #SpringerAyeni #benefitslaw #employmentlaw

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I will be presenting the topic: How to issue spot (aka avoid malpractice!) disability and ERISA issues @ the Santa Clara County Bar Association hosted by the Labor and Employment Section on August 23rd.
I look forward to the discussions, questions, and interactions.

For more visit: https://sccba.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1129831&group=

Or contact: +Cassie Ayeni, President of +Springer Ayeni A Professional Law Corporation @ www.benefitslaw.com

#presenter #lawfirms #attorneys #erisa #santaclaracountybar
#mcle #Employeedisabilitybenefits #ERISAdisablity #ERISAlawyer #Superlawyer #Disabilityclaims #Disabilityappeals #Longtermdisability #ERISAlitigator #ERISAbayarea #Disabilitylawyer #Employeebenefitslawyer #ERISAlawfirm #SpringerAyeni #benefitslaw #employmentlaw
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I am honored that SuperLawyers Magazine has again selected me as one of Northern California’s Top 50 Women Lawyers and Top 100 lawyers for my work in employee disability benefits (ERISA law). This one is especially meaningful since it is a peer-selected and reviewed publication. Thank you, my esteemed peers!!

www.benefitslaw.com

#disabilityinsurance #erisa #Employeedisabilitybenefits #ERISAdisablity #ERISAlawyer #Superlawyer #Disabilityclaims #Disabilityappeals #Longtermdisability #ERISAlitigator #ERISAbayarea #Disabilitylawyer #Employeebenefitslawyer #ERISAlawfirm #SpringerAyeni #benefitslaw

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See: https://www.superlawyers.com/california-northern/toplists

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We at +Springer Ayeni A Professional Law Corporation are so proud of our co-worker, Attorney Rachel S. Coen for her outstanding analysis in her article "New Regulations Introduce Major Changes to ERISA Disability Benefits Claims Procedures." Published in the Spring 2018 American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law – Employee Benefits Committee Newsletter.

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https://www.americanbar.org/groups/labor_law/publications/ebc_news_archive/new-regulations-introduce-major-changes-to-erisa-disability-bene.html

#SpringerAyeni #regulations #attorneys #erisa #disabilitybenefits #springerayeni #benefitplanadministration #benefitslaw #disabilitylaw #disabilityclaimsmanagement #disability #employeedisability #erisaattorney #erisalawyer

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https://www-m.cnn.com/2018/05/13/health/liver-transplant-mom-erika-zak/index.html



Thanks to CNN for covering such an important story. I’m proud to represent this brave and amazing woman, Erika Zak. She was approved for her liver transplant at the last minute, but I was poised to file a complaint in the coming days if UHC had not finally done the right thing. Still, I wish it had reached this decision months ago. I hope she can now get the transplant as quickly as possible so that she will celebrate many more Mother’s Days to come. #livertransplant #ERISA #mothersday #Springerayeni #benefitslaw

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Alameda County voters!! I am honored to host an evening reception to meet Alameda Superior Court Judge Tara Flanagan and support her in her bid for re-election! Please join us at my office in Oakland on May 14 from 5:30-7 for food, wine, and the opportunity to support Judge Flanagan. If you live or work in Alameda County, or care about maintaining diversity on the bench, then you know how important this election is. You can learn more about Judge Flanagan at http://www.judgetaraflanagan.com/



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My latest article "Long-Term Disability (LTD): The Hidden Gem in Your Benefits Package," briefly outlines why everyone should take a look at their employer-sponsored LTD benefit plan.

#Employeedisabilitybenefits #ERISAdisablity #ERISAlawyer #Superlawyer #Disabilityclaims #Disabilityappeals #Longtermdisability #ERISAlitigator #ERISAbayarea #Disabilitylawyer #Employeebenefitslawyer #ERISAlawfirm #SpringerAyeni #benefitslaw

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You probably skimmed over it in your benefits package: long-term disability insurance. “I’ll never need that,” or “that’s just for people with terminal illnesses,” might have occurred to you. Maybe you made a mental note, but then 10 years into the job that mental note had been buried under a massive pile of other brain clogging information. Let me make it simple for you: here’s what LTD benefits are about, who is likely to have them, and what to do if you need them.



What is an LTD benefit?

Most long-term disability benefits are insurance policies that provide about 50-67% of your base income should you become disabled. What does it mean to be disabled? It will be defined in the policy, but typically it is defined as the inability to perform the material duties of your occupation due to illness or injury. After some time, usually 24 months, the definition of “disability” may change to the inability to perform the material duties of any occupation (taking into account your education, training, and prior income level) due to illness or injury. Mental illness disabilities are usually limited to 24 months of benefits in total.



Many illnesses or injuries can qualify you for a disability benefit. Examples include back, neck, knee, or upper extremity pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, cancer and its consequences, HIV/AIDS, pulmonary dysfunction, cognitive impairment, neurological conditions like Parkinson’s Disease, or chronic pain conditions. Disabilities do not just strike the elderly; my clients range from ages 29-67, with most of them being in their 50s. Yet they all have one thing in common: none were expecting to have to stop working before retirement age due to a medical problem.



Who has an LTD benefit plan?

Most professionals work for employers that provide disability benefit plans. These disability insurance policies have relatively low premiums, so employers often provide disability insurance to their employees as a matter of course. If you work for an employer that provides professional, medical, or technology services you are a prime example of someone who probably has a disability benefit plan through your employer. For example, I frequently represent doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, lawyers, engineers, project managers, programmers, financial services professionals, executive directors, and even insurance claims adjusters. To see if you have disability coverage, look up your original benefits package or examine what benefits you elected. You can also look up your employer’s IRS Form 5500 filing, which should include details on ERISA retirement and “welfare” benefits such as health, disability, and life insurance benefit plans. ERISA is the law that governs almost all employer-sponsored benefits.



What to do if you need to apply for LTD benefits?

If your doctor has advised you to stop working, please verify whether your employer has an LTD plan or give me a call and I’ll help you figure it out. There are other benefits that might be available to you as well (state disability, Social Security, workers’ compensation, etc.), which I can outline for you. If your employer does have an LTD plan, bear in mind that the reason you stop working has to be because of your disability for you to have coverage and make a successful LTD claim. In some states, including California, late applications can still be accepted as long as the insurer is not harmed by your late claim notice. Typically, your last date of work is also your first date of disability. If you are laid off for performance reasons that are actually related to your disability, you may still have a good LTD claim, but call me to help you analyze it. (You may also have a disability discrimination claim.) If you 1) have an employer-sponsored LTD plan, 2) need to stop working because of a medical condition, and 3) your doctor has advised you to stop working and will fill out a form on your behalf, you should strongly consider applying for LTD benefits. These benefits may be available until age 65 or 67, so do not shy away from making an application! However, there are many traps along the road of applying for and receiving LTD insurance benefits, so feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about whether you should apply or how to maximize your chances of receiving benefits.

@Cassie Springer Ayeni
Springer Ayeni, A Professional Law Corporation
www.benefitslaw.com
1901 Harrison St. Suite 1100. Oakland, CA 94612

#Employeedisabilitybenefits #ERISAdisablity #ERISAlawyer #Superlawyer #Disabilityclaims #Disabilityappeals #Longtermdisability #ERISAlitigator #ERISAbayarea #Disabilitylawyer #Employeebenefitslawyer #ERISAlawfirm #SpringerAyeni #benefitslaw.com
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