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Why You Shouldn’t Wait to File for Disability

Are you worried you’ve waited too long to file for disability? If you have a condition or injury that’s left you unable to work for a year or more, it’s important to file for social security disability as soon as possible.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to filing for disability is waiting months or even years before they file. If you wait too long, you could lose out on valuable benefits, delay your claim, and even risk being denied completely. If you’ve waited too long before filing for disability, consider consulting with a social security lawyer to increase the chances of receiving your benefits.

Waiting too long could mean more delays.

The process for filing for disability benefits can take months, so it’s important to get started as soon as possible to prevent further delays. Waiting too long can have several other downsides, including extra steps and potentially losing some or all of your benefits.

Outdated medical records are one factor that can lead to further delays. If you file close to the date of your injury or diagnosis, the Social Security Administration is more likely to accept medical records from your doctor. If they feel your information is outdated, you may be required to submit to additional exams from an appointed doctor. Your own doctor is more likely to understand the changes to your health caused by your injury or condition, so try to avoid this.

You might lose your qualifications.

According to the Social Security Administration, in order to qualify for disability, you must have worked at least 5 of the past 10 years if you’re over the age of 31. Some people wait years to apply for social security disability benefits, only to discover that it’s too late if they’ve been out of work for 5 years or more.

You may also be at risk of losing back pay for lost income if you’ve been disabled for more than 12 months. Most claims are limited to 12 months or less, so if you’re disabled for two years, but only applied for benefits after the first year had passed, that’s a year’s worth of income lost.

If you’ve experienced an injury or been diagnosed with a condition that will leave you disabled and unable to work for 12 months or longer, it’s important to file for disability benefits as soon as possible. Prevent delays, extra medical exams, and the risk of being denied your claim by filing immediately after you have the required information.

Social security disability benefits are almost always denied the first time. If your claims have been denied, or you’ve waited too long to file, the attorneys at Surratt & Thompson can help. We’ll guide you every step of the way, from the initial application to the appeals process, and help you get the benefits you need. Contact us today and let us advocate for your social security disability benefits.

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Exciting News At Surratt & Thompson!

Surratt and Thompson is getting a change of scenery! As announced on BizJournal earlier this summer, Surratt & Thompson has purchased and will now reside at The Historic Col. William Allen Blair House located at 210 S Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, 27101.

Colonel William A. Blair House History

Built in 1901, the Col. William Allen Blair House is one of the oldest homes in Winston Salem, and was marked on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. This Colonial Revival design house has three finished floors, containing more that 8,000 sq feet of office space, and an additional 2,627 sq feet in the basement.

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The Blair House was designed by George Barber, and constructed by Fogle Brothers, a legendary contracting firm, which  built many fine homes in both Winston and Salem. The Blair House is one of only four remaining homes built in the 1900’s  on Cherry Street, one of the most prominent neighborhoods in Winston, in its time.  

Colonel William A. Blair had The Blair House built for his wife, Mary Eleanor Fries and himself. The couple married in 1895. William and Mary lived in the home until their deaths in 1948 and 1966, respectively. Their son, John Fries Blair, continued to live there until 1983.

The Blair House Today

The Blair House boasts stunning Colonial Revival features, including a high hipped roof, gabled dormers, an elegant foyer, and a Palladian window. While located just moments from Winston-Salem’s downtown business district, The Blair House will always be a step back in time.

Our goal at Surratt and Thompson was to preserve and revitalize the original historic charms and features of The Blair House, including but certainly not limited to, the beautiful hardwood floors,  wrap-around porch, original stained glass, and abundance of meticulous woodwork. 

With prestigious care, we have brought this fantastic home to life. Our conference rooms and lobby will feature artwork from local galleries, with additional office space for future tenants. The basement will soon become home to Maggie Belle’s, a vintage furniture and unique finds store relocating from Tallahassee, Florida.

We’re excited to have the opportunity to become part of the history of one of Winston-Salem’s most treasured landmarks. You may even find us working from the rocking chairs or picnic table on the expansive front porch, enjoying Winston Salem’s beautiful weather.  

The  convenience to Business 40 and the 30 on-site parking spaces make Surratt & Thompson more accessible than ever.  We invite you to visit us at our new home as we are excited to present the newly revitalized Col. William Allen Blair House!!

Directions to the William A. Blair House:

Our new home, The Col. William Allen Blair House, is located at 210 S. Cherry St. in Winston Salem, NC, 27101. Please note that all phone numbers, fax numbers, websites, and email addresses will remain the same.

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Coming from Business 40 West / US-421 South –  Take exit 5C toward Cherry St. Downtown, Convention Center.  Merge left onto High Street, staying in the right lane.  Immediately after crossing Marshall Street SW, turn right into our parking lot located off of High Street SW.

Coming from downtown Winston-Salem – Take Marshall Street SW toward Brookstown and Old Salem.  Turn left on High Street SW.  Then make an immediate right turn into our parking lot located off of High Street SW.

Coming from Greensboro – Take exit 5D toward Main Street Downtown, to First Street.  Turn right onto S. Main Street.  Turn left onto 1st Street W.  Turn left onto Marshall Street SW.  Turn left on High Street SW.  Then make an immediate right turn into our parking lot located off of High Street SW.

Coming from Old Salem –  Turn left onto Brookstown Avenue.  Turn right onto Marshall Street SW.  Turn right onto High Street SW.  Then make an immediate right turn into our parking lot located off of High Street SW.

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Why You Need a Go-to Law Office for your Winston Salem Business

You may think that your Winston Salem business doesn’t need to hire a lawyer unless you get into some legal trouble. However, you will save time and money by having a go-to law office from the get-go as you grow your business.

As much as you hope to never need them after you establish your business, it’s important to have a trusting relationship with a local, Winston Salem law firm in the unfortunate circumstance that you may need them.

Owning and running a business is a complex feat which includes a lot of legalese. Rather than always spending hours upon hours trying to translate all this on your own when it comes up, trust in a law firm you’ve built a relationship with to handle it for you with little input on your part.

Still not convinced you should sign on for a relationship with a Winston Salem lawyer? Just imagine all of the scenarios that could be streamlined when setting up your business if you had a lawyer at your side:

  • Picking a name for your business or reserving a domain name for a website
  • Applying for licenses, permits, and an employee identification number
  • Setting up contracts with employees and clients
  • Completing IRS forms
  • Choosing a legal structure under which to operate your business

If you choose to wait until a lawsuit arises to hire a lawyer, you will certainly end up shelling out more money than if you had hired a lawyer from the start.

In addition, it is important to develop a relationship with a law firm. By choosing a Winston-Salem firm that will walk with you every step of the way, from start-up to success, you can be sure that your legal back is being watched and no detail will fall through the cracks.

To learn more about how we can be your go-to law office, contact Surratt & Thompson, PLLC. From startups to corporations, we are prepared to offer the most comprehensive business and corporate legal services to help your business thrive.