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Feb  20,  2018

More than 10.4 million people in the United States received disability benefits in 2017, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA). While the number of applications for social security disability (SSDI) benefits dropped 6.1% from 2016, the percentage of individuals awarded benefits climbed slightly.

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is a federal insurance program that is funded from payroll taxes and managed by the Social Security Administration. SSDI is designed to provide income supplements to disabled individuals who have made sufficient contributions through FICA taxes. 

To qualify for disability benefits, applicants must have a medical condition that meets the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability. The Social Security Administration uses an evaluation process to determine eligibility, which includes considering the nature of the disability, age, work experience, education, and other factors. Many disabled workers wonder if they are eligible to receive benefits, but they become increasingly frustrated by the cumbersome application process.

If you have any questions about the federal Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and your eligibility to receive benefits, contact us at 800-LAW-5655 or visit our website at

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Posted in News and Media
Feb  12,  2018
By MaryAnn Bounacos

The Law Office of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett is proud to sponsor The Pepin Academies Foundation fundraiser. Attorney Matthew Kindel from our New Port Richey office, and his beautiful wife Nina, were in attendance at the Cirque Du Pepin Academies: Journey of Learning' Gala & Silent Auction! 


This fun and whimsical evening, hosted by Tom and Lauren Pepin, Gala Chairs Guy and Debbie King, and the students, faculty, and the community, celebrates the journey of the students from their first day at Pepin Academies to graduation and beyond.

The Pepin Academies Foundation provides funding and support for Pepin Academies; tuition-free charter schools for students with learning-disabilities. The Gala brings together corporate and community friends of Pepin Academies to raise awareness and financial support to provide these students with an opportunity to attend school in a safe, nurturing and academically rigorous environment.


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Posted in Announcements|Community|News and Media
Oct  20,  2017
By Mary Ann Bounacos

Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. invite all Tampa Bay community members to attend its annual Great Pumpkin Give Away on Saturday, October 28th at the Clearwater office, (250 North Belcher Road, Clearwater, Florida 33765) from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The attorneys and staff enjoy this opportunity to welcome all our clients, local residents and friends to celebrate the Halloween and Fall holiday season with refreshments and a free pumpkin. We will have face painting, balloons,  hot dogs, corn on the cob, pizza, and much, much more. This is our way of thanking everyone for their trust and support and for the privilege of serving the Tampa Bay Community since 1971.


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Posted in Announcements|Community|News and Media
Sep  15,  2017
By Mary Ann Bounacos

Hernando County National Night Out - A good night to get to know your neighbors and all of your first responders! 

Come and say hello to Betty Whitman, Matt Wheeley, Ana Kneisler and Alexandra Federle from the Spring Hill office of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office National Night Out on Saturday, October 7th, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

This FREE event is brought to you by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. The Law Office of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. will have the Good Humor Ice Cream Truck and be handing out free ice cream. Target, and many individuals and businesses have also chosen to donate their time, products, and/or services to this community event. 

Each year the event is bigger and better than the year before. We look forward to seeing you for an evening of FREE FOOD, FUN, and FESTIVITIES for the entire FAMILY. 

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Posted in Announcements|Community|News and Media
Jun  24,  2017
By Mary Ann Bounacos

Matthew Kindel, lead criminal attorney in the New Port Richey and Spring Hill offices of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, along with fellow members of the Rotary Club of Trinity, made Shepherds Pie for the sheltered children at The YFA Rapp House in New Port Richey.

The YFA Rapp House is a shelter run by Youth and Family Alternatives for juveniles who need a warm and caring place to stay. The mission of Youth and Family Alternatives, Inc. is committed to working in collaborative partnership with families and communities to establish, maintain and enhance a nurturing and safe environment for children. As one of the area’s leading providers of social services to children and families they are dedicated to strengthening the family.

As a member of the Rotary Club of Trinity, Matt has also assisted with their charitable work The Little Light house of the Blind, Pace Center for Girls, Pasco Kids First, Salvation Army Center of Hope, Pure Water for the World and the Angelus. 

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