On September 5, 2013, Antonio (Tony) Viera
, an attorney with the law offices of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett
, served as a panel attorney for TV Fox 13’s Good Day Tampa Bay Ask a Lawyer Program. Tony
answered calls from viewers and provided free legal advice from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.
This Lawyer Referral Service is provided by the Hillsborough County Bar Association through which a person is referred to a lawyer who is committed to providing and interested in participating in legal services on a basis that takes into consideration the client’s ability to pay and the type of legal problems presented.
All attorneys must be members in good standing of The Florida Bar to participate. They must be engaged in the full time practice of law and they must certify competency in any area of law in which clients will be accepted.
The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) coordinates the Ask-A-Lawyer, a free legal advice services. Ask-A-Lawyer is a partner program with TV FOX 13. Every month, Tony Viera
will be donating his time to serve on a phone bank at the FOX 13 television studio. The public is encouraged to call and receive free legal advice. For more information on upcoming dates for Ask-A-Lawyer please call the LRS at 813-221-7780.
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, is a Partner with the law firm of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A.
, specializing in the areas of Plaintiff's Workmen's Compensation
and Social Security Disability
is on the Board of the Manatee Chapter of FAWL (Florida Association of Women Lawyers) and is requesting support for their annual fundraiser. The event will be held May 18, 2012, and will include a silent auction.
This year, the charity fundraiser will benefit Just for Girls
Just for Girls
provides educational, developmental, and prevention-based programs to disadvantaged and impoverished girls during the dangerous and often unsupervised pre and post-school hours. Just for Girls
keeps these young girls safe, promotes drug-free living, and assists in providing the motivation for success. This program is essential in nurturing the new generation of youth that will soon become tomorrow’s valued employees, responsible parents, and conscientious citizens of our community.
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One of the most important things to do when getting a case ready for trial
is...Prepare, Prepare, Prepare. If you don't prepare you will not be able to protect your client and you will not be successful at trial
First of all, your law firm must be prepared to fund the case. As stated by Gary Paul in the March 2012 edition of Trial, "No case is ever won by doing it on the cheap."
From the moment we open a case for a new client, that case is being prepared for trial. It is best not to prepare a case for settlement, but to prepare it for trial from the beginning. That way if a case is settled, it is due to your trial preparation.
One of the most powerful tools in preparation of a trial is the Mock Trial. At Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A.
we have a full courtroom built on our premises for the use of trial preparation for the benefit of our clients. This will provide critical information as to how how jurors may view a case. In order to provide an unbiased evaluation of the case we place ads, interview and hire at least 12 jurors for the mock trial.
All the witnesses and trial experts and portrayed by the attorneys and staff. For trial preparation we hire experts to testify whenever required. All the exhibits are prepared and ready to use as if they would be in the actual trial. With the judge sitting at the bench, and the attorneys for the for both sides are ready, the opening statements begin. The jurors are prepared with their jury instruction and notebooks. The cameras in the courtoom from different angels take in the expressions of the juror as they take in every word. Witnesses and experts are brought in one at a time and questioned. Following the closing statements of the attorneys and the jury instructions read by the judge, the jurors are ready to be divided into two groups for deliberation. These groups go through all their notes as we listen to the them discuss the reasons for the decisions, just as they would in an actual deliberation. This is how we use the mock trial to show us how prospective jurors view a case and which arguments jurors find most persuasive.
At Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., our staff and attorneys dedicate ourselves to being a success for our clients.
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Will our Social Security Disability system be pushed to the brink of insolvency? Will the trust fund that supports Social Security disability run out of money by 2017? In Washington, Stephen Ohlemach reported that laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security's
disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system.
To learn more about the applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities
lose their jobs and can't find new ones in an economy that has shed nearly 7 million jobs; and how the stampede for benefits is adding to a growing backlog of applicants
, please click here:
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If you are applying for social security disability benefits
, there is no law that says you must have a lawyer handle your claim. However, there are several reasons you may end up deciding you would like an experienced social security disability
attorney handle your case.
Being disabled and incapable of working while waiting for the Social Security Administration
to make a decision on your case is very frustrating and difficult. If your Social Security disability claim is denied, you only have a certain amount of time within which to request an appeal, update your medical information and file all required paperwork. If you fail to file your appeal in time, you could be required to start the entire process over, and could even lose your entitlement to certain benefits. Most individuals applying for disability benefits are busy enough dealing with their conditions and medical treatment. They don’t need or want the added stress of having to fill out and submit paperwork in time. Having a lawyer handle your claim helps assure that your appeals will be properly completed and timely filed.
Another reason to consider hiring a disability attorney is that statistics show that those who hire an attorney are more likely to have benefits awarded. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that an experienced disability lawyer
is more capable of obtaining valuable medical evidence through the use of Social Security disability forms that are specifically tailored to how the Social Security Administration evaluates claims. It is also true that an experienced lawyer is more likely have had prior hearings in front of the Judge who will be deciding your case and is therefore able to tailor your presentation accordingly.
If your case has to be appealed all the way to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, a vocational expert will likely be present at your hearing. The vocational expert’s job is to testify about your capacity to engage in work after taking into consideration various factors like your age, education, transferable skills and restrictions. Your lawyer will be given the chance at the hearing to question the vocational expert concerning the vocational and legal basis for their opinions.
One last thing to remember is that our Social Security disability lawyers do not charge any fees unless we win your case. If we do win our fees are only 25% of your past due benefit amount, with a limit set by the Social Security Administration. The current limit is $6,000, which means we charge 25% of your past due benefits or $6,000, whichever is less. Again, if your case is not won or if you do not receive any past due benefits, we do not charge fees.
If you decide you would like to speak with one of our experienced social security disability attorneys, please call our office for a free consultation.
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