LEGAL SERVICES
  SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY
Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). All types of disabilities, physical and mental.

Have you been denied, or are you worried about being denied by Social Security Administration?
Don't worry, roughly 2/3 of Initial Applicants (first stage) are denied. Of those who appeal to the second stage, roughly 2/3 are denied. Justice is not achieved until there is a Hearing before a Judge, so we appeal to the Hearing Stage. Call to discuss your case.

Are you worried about waiting for SSD benefits? 
When you are disabled, time matters, you need help.  Obtaining Social Security Disability/SSI is a process, it requires patience, and nothing can make the Social Security Administration move faster.  This is because the Social Security Administration currently has a huge backlog, and cases now take between 12 to 18 months (from date of Initial Application to a Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge).  We cannot make SSA move faster, however, we use this time to the client’s advantage to obtain medical records, and if necessary develop new medical/psychological evidence, and to fully prepare the case for victory.

Are you worried about all the paperwork involved in SSD appeals?
First Stage - Initial Application:  Most people file their Initial Application on their own.  You can apply by telephone, or Online, or in person at Social Security Administration.  After several weeks or months, Social Security Administration will send you a Determination Letter, telling you whether you have been approved for benefits, or denied.  If you are denied, don’t worry, roughly 2 out of every 3 Initial Applicants (2/3 of Initial Applicants) are denied at the first stage. You have 60 days from the date of the Determination Letter to appeal.  Call this Office to discuss your case. We handle all of the Appeal paperwork.
Second Stage – Request for Reconsideration (Appeal):  If you are denied at the Reconsideration stage, don’t worry, roughly 2 out of every 3 claimants who appeal to this stage are denied at the second stage. You have 60 days from the date of the Denial Letter to appeal.  Call this Office to discuss your case. We handle all of the Appeal paperwork.
Third Stage – Request for Hearing (Appeal):  When your case is appealed to the Hearing Stage, you are entitled to a Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, who knows the Law.  Chances of approval at this stage increase dramatically. We handle all of the Appeal paperwork to get your case to this stage, obtain medical records, and if necessary develop new medical/psychological evidence, and to fully prepare the case for victory.

Are you worried about not being able to work?
It is difficult to be disabled and out of work.  Efforts are made to explore whether vocational rehabilitation is an option.

Are you worried about whether you will be awarded benefits?
All telephone calls from clients and prospective clients are returned same day, or within 24 hours.
  
  PERSONAL INJURY - AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Have you been injured in an automobile accident?
If the other driver is at fault, and you are injured, you have rights.  You have the right to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and loss of earning capacity, and other rights, most importantly the right to trial by jury.  The Jury decides your compensation.  The Insurance Company (of the at-fault driver), or your own Uninsured Motorist coverage (if you are injured by an Uninsured Motorist) – are NOT on your side.  Mr. Simons has handled personal injury cases for clients successfully for 31 years.  Call to discuss your case.

Are you worried about talking to the Insurance Company? 
You should be.  Do not give them a recorded statement by phone; you have the right to consult with an attorney.  The Insurance Company hopes you will not get a lawyer, they want to settle your case “short” – less money for you, more profit for them.  Call to discuss your case. 

Are you worried about proving your case, the evidence?
Time matters in these cases.  Photographs must be taken of the vehicles, the scene, witnesses must be interviewed, medical proof developed.  If you wait, important evidence could be lost.  Call to discuss your case.

Are you worried about Medical Treatment?
It is difficult to be injured and in need of treatment.  Often times an injured person’s medical insurance covers his/her treatment, and later asserts what is called a Subrogation Claim (right to reimbursement). All of your accident-related medical records and medical bills must be obtained.   Subrogation issues are settled at the conclusion of the case.  

Are you worried about whether you have a case?
All telephone calls from clients and prospective clients are returned same day, or within 24 hours.

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative Dispute Resolution is explored prior to litigation, however if a matter cannot be resolved by ADR, litigation is pursued zealously to help clients achieve justice.
  



  DIVORCE & DOMESTIC RELATIONS
Contested and Uncontested Divorce, Legal Separation, Reconciliation, Parenting Plans, Child Support, Residential Parenting/Child Custody, Visitation, Paternity and Legitimation, Juvenile Court, Orders of Protection.

Are you married and in need of divorce or legal separation?
In Tennessee, you must have grounds for divorce.  The so-called “uncontested” grounds are called Irreconcilable Differences.  There is a 60 day waiting period for people with no children, 90 days for people with children.  This waiting period means the case must be on file for 60/90 days before the Court can approve any settlement.  Even in uncontested cases, divorce is complex.  Divorce cases, including uncontested cases can take several months to a year, start to finish.  Mr. Simons has handled divorce cases for clients – wives and husbands- successfully for 31 years.  Call to discuss your case.

Are you worried about your children? 
This Office can get a hearing for Pendente Lite (temporary) Child Support within 30 days of filing your Divorce Complaint, provided there is no trouble serving your spouse with process.  This Office handles all aspects of divorce with children, including Parenting Plans, Child Support, Residential Parenting/Child Custody, and Visitation.

Are you in a relationship (not married) involving worried children? 
This Office can assist with Paternity and Legitimation in Juvenile Court, and get a hearing for Pendente Lite (temporary) Child Support within 30 days of filing your Petition, provided there is no trouble serving the other parent with process.  This Office has represented both mothers and fathers, and handles all aspects of cases with children, including Parenting Plans, Child Support, Residential Parenting/Child Custody, and Visitation.

Are you worried about proving your safety?
If there has been domestic violence in your case, your safety comes first.  This Office can advise you, and represent you in Orders of Protection.  Call to discuss your case.  

Father's Rights. Are you worried about your rights with your children? 
Tennessee Law says that Judges must make every reasonable effort to equalize, as much as possible, the residential parenting time (visitation) of fathers as well as mothers.  This Office handles all aspects of divorce with children, including Parenting Plans, Child Support, Residential Parenting/Child Custody, and Visitation.  Mr. Simons has represented many fathers whose goal is to maximize parenting time.


Are you worried about whether you have a case?
All telephone calls from clients and prospective clients are returned same day, or within 24 hours.

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative Dispute Resolution is explored prior to litigation, however if a matter cannot be resolved by ADR, litigation is pursued zealously to help clients achieve justice.

In Divorce and Domestic Relations, Mr. Simons explores possibilities of reconciliation with clients when appropriate and consistent with the client's goals, and in such cases assists clients in pursuing reconciliation. However, divorce is pursued aggressively if there are no other alternatives.
  

  CRIMINAL DEFENSE
Have you been charged with a crime?
You have Constitutional Rights, you do not have to talk to the Policer without a lawyer present.  You do not have to consent to give the State any evidence, including a Breath Test or Blood Alcohol Test.  

All telephone calls from clients and prospective clients are returned same day, or within 24 hours.