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Susan Michele Schaefer

Susan Michele Schaefer

Cardea Law Group, LLC
  • Social Security Disability, Bankruptcy, Probate ...
  • Alabama, Indiana, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited
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Biography

Susan Michele Schaefer has over 30 years of professional experience. She began her career as a trial attorney before establishing a decades-long career at the Social Security Administration (SSA). She is also accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Practice areas include Social Security disability, VA disability, bankruptcy, and wills and estates.

She has a wealth of knowledge about disability from extensive field experience at the Disability Determination Services, and at the Office of Hearings Operations as a Hearing Office Director, Supervisory Attorney, and Senior Attorney, and at Social Security National Headquarters as Deputy Director, Branch Chief. Ms. Schaefer know how the system works and will help you get the benefits you need.

Practice Areas
    Social Security Disability
    Bankruptcy
    Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
    Probate
    Probate Administration
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Additional Practice Area
  • Veterans Administration Disability Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Alabama
Alabama State Bar Association
ID Number: 9216G15Y
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Indiana
Indiana Supreme Court
ID Number: 14112-64
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited
ID Number: https://www.va.gov/ogc/apps/accreditation/accredpeople.asp
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner
Cardea Law Group, LLC
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We will provide you with advice and guidance throughout your case. We will advocate on your behalf and make a comprehensive presentation of your case. We know how the system works and can cut through complicated bureaucratic procedures to help you win your case.
Deputy Director, Branch Chief
Social Security Administration
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Provided disability policy advice to SSA executives. Also led research and drafting of regulations, rulings and policy guidance.
Hearing Office Director, Supervisory Attorney
Social Security Administration
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Supervised attorneys and paralegals in Social Security hearing offices.
Trial Attorney
Emerick and Diggins, PC
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Trial attorney in a general practice law firm.
Education
Valparaiso University School of Law
J.D. (1988) | Law
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Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
B.A. (1984) | English
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Awards
Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Medical Policy
Social Security Administration
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Member
Current
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Indiana State Bar  # 14112-64
Member
Current
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NOSSCR
Member
Current
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Alabama State Bar
Member
Current
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Speaking Engagements
Evaluation of Symptoms in Disability Claims, Social Security Ruling 16-3p, Chronic Fatgue Advisory Committee, Washington, D.C.
Health and Human Services
Drug Addiction and Alcoholism (DAA) and Disability, National Association of Disability Representatives Conference, Washington, D.C.
National Association of Disability Representatives
Certifications
Accredited Attorney
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Websites & Blogs
Website
Cardea Law Group, LLC website
Blog
Cardea Law Group Blog Articles
Legal Answers
60 Questions Answered
Q. Is it required of teachers to fill out a SSA Teacher Questionnaire for a former student who has graduated and seeking
A: No, it is not mandatory that a teacher complete a Teacher Questionnaire. However, please consider completing either the questionnaire or a letter to describe your former student's functioning because the information you provide is an important part of the disability assessment. For more information, see https://www.ssa.gov/schools/.
Q. i am unable to produce a birth certificate or name change records for the social security admin. what do I do
A: If you are already receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits, Social Security will automatically enroll you in Medicare Parts A and B, so you don’t need to complete an application. Otherwise, apply for Medicare online through your my Social Security account. Social Security will then review your application and contact you if they need clarification or if they need to see any documents. See https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10530.pdf and https://www.ssa.gov/hlp/isba/10/isba-checklist.pdf.
Q. I’m 20 years old and I’m dad refuses to give me my ssn.
A: You can request a replacement Social Security Number (SSN) card online from Social Security. Just create your personal my Social Security account and request the replacement card. See https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/replacement-card.html.
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Contact & Map
Cardea Law Group, LLC
P.O. Box 681586
Prattville, AL 36068
Telephone: (334) 440-6261
Monday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed