Second Annual National my Social Security Week

The Social Security Administration will spend the week hosting activities and events across the country to help encourage people to sign up for its free my Social Security online accounts. The online accounts allow members to quickly and securely access their Social Security information on any electronic media device with access to the internet.

These accounts can be particularly beneficial to people who are already receiving Social Security benefits—you can access your benefit verification card, make changes to your home and mailing addresses, request a replacement Medicare card, or even make changes to your direct deposit information through your account.

If you need legal help with anything related to your Social Security benefits, the Indiana attorneys at the Hankey Law Office would be happy to help. To speak with a member of our legal team directly, please call our Indiana offices at (317) 634-8565 today.

Direct deposit, now an option for Social Security payment

People, including Indiana residents, who receive monthly Social Security benefits and other federal checks can now start receiving their payments through direct deposit to their bank accounts rather than through the use of conventional paper checks, according to a recent report.

Indiana is believed to save an average of $840,000 a year when everyone chooses to get their benefits through direct deposit, the U.S. Department of Treasury said. Additionally, the federal government is estimated to be able to save about $1 billion over a period of ten years when the transition is implemented. Moving to direct deposit helps address the issue of stolen paper checks from mailboxes, which had amounted to around 440,000 lost or stolen checks last year.

A Go Direct employee will contact any benefit recipient who missed the March 1 deadline to sign up for direct deposit.

Getting the Social Security benefits you need is critical, as it can pay for costly medical bills, among other types of expense. Our legal team at the Hankey Law Office, P.C., can help you file for the benefits you need or answer any questions you may have. Call (800) 520-3633 today to learn more about your eligibility for Social Security benefits.

Charles D. Hankey Interviewed on Fox 59 Regarding Slander and Internet Anonymity

Charles D. Hankey was recently interviewed for his thoughts on a recent Indiana court case regarding free speech and internet anonymity. The case involved an anonymous poster, going by the username DownwiththeColts, who commented on an Indianapolis Star article about a Junior Achievement construction project’s funding struggles, saying, “This is not JA’s responsibility. They need to look at the FORMER president of JA and others on the board. The ‘missing’ money can be found in their bank accounts.” The former CEO, Jeff Miller, accused the commenter of slander and requested that his or her identity be revealed by the Star, which refused.

An Indiana court of appeals ruled in Miller’s favor, requiring that the commenter come forward in order to be identified. As Mr. Hankey noted, this decision was an important decision in terms of both protecting free speech while acknowledging the responsibility that individuals must take for their speech. Noting that the court determined DownwiththeColts’ comments to be “defemation per se,” Mr. Hankey outlines his reasons for believing the decision was correctly reached, noting that the person was “not really a whistleblower,” but simply someone who made baseless claims after the story had gone up.

You can view the video of the interview below.