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KellyGram – Pay Attention to What Your Body is Telling You

 

Recently, a friend of mine was experiencing symptoms of back pain and strain. The symptoms continued to get worse during the next few days as she endured the pain and hoped the problem would go away and fix itself. After much encouragement from her family and friends, she took a trip to the emergency room, and it’s a blessing that she did! She was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism. If she had continued to live through the pain, she may have suffered severe consequences or even death.

By no means am I encouraging you to become a hypochondriac, or spend hours researching your symptoms on the Internet, but if something does not seem or feel quite right, seek help! Your body is wise, and it needs you to pay attention to what it’s trying to say. It is always better to be safe than sorry!


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KellyGram – Happy Father’s Day!

 

On this Sunday, June 18th, we will honor our fathers and celebrate the influence they carry as well as the bonds we share with them. I am a bit prejudiced because I happen to be a father myself, but I believe the bond between a dad and his child is something that cannot be replaced. My father, Garland F. Kelly, had an eighth-grade education, but he was smarter than I will ever be. The relationship we shared was special and, while he didn’t show much emotion, I know he loved me very much. My dad taught me many practical life lessons. He would always say, “Mike, you have plenty of book sense, but you need a lot more common sense!” LOL!

This weekend, and always, honor your father (and your mother), and take the extra moment to thank him for everything he did and continues to do for you. If your dad is now deceased like mine is, I know this day can be especially difficult and emotional. Say a little prayer with gratitude and love, and I know he will hear you. I love you, Dad!


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KellyGram – Don’t Be Scammed

 

Recently, a friend of mine fell victim to a scam wherein criminals called her telephone posing as Deputy Sheriffs. They claimed that she had failed to show up for jury duty, and that she would be arrested in the near future unless she paid the fine. What my friend should have done was to take a deep breath and contact someone to help her verify the validity of the call. Instead, she paid the money without verifying and has now lost $900 of her hard-earned money! By no means, do I consider this friend to be naïve or gullible; in fact, she is a well-educated and respected professional. Sadly, these scam artists are experts at using the element of surprise and the threat of incarceration to frighten their victims so badly that it causes them to act emergently and fail to think rationally.

These scams have continued for over a decade. The “Failure to Show Up for Jury Duty” scam is only one of many that are victimizing people all around the country. These scammers frequently call later in the evening and might ask for your personal information. They are after your money as well as any information about your identity that could serve to benefit them later on. Don’t be fooled by your Caller ID, as it can often be manipulated to display a business or agency’s name and phone number. The criminals often request the fine to be paid with a pre-paid debit or credit card. Use these warning signs if you receive a suspicious call or email, and hang up before releasing any personal information.

If there is the slightest doubt in your mind concerning the validity of a call, email, etc. from someone claiming to be a law enforcement officer or government agent, consult a professional before taking action and certainly before giving away any of your money. We at the Mike Kelly Law Group are always happy and ready to help you, the people of South Carolina!


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KellyGram – Summertime!

 

It is summertime in South Carolina! It is time for vacations, watersports, and outdoor activities of all kinds. We live in one of the most beautiful states in America, and, whether you’ve only lived here for six months or for over fifty years, I am convinced there are parts of South Carolina that we all have yet to explore. My recent trip to Landsford Canal State Park in Chester County is a perfect example of this, where the spider lilies were blooming and at their peak, making the park absolutely breathtaking!

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to discover new sights, places, and hobbies. For those of you with children, summer can be an even more exciting time with plenty of activities to juggle. My children participated in summer camps when they were younger, playing new sports and learning new skills. The eleven free weeks a child has during summer vacation serves as time to explore new passions and interests, and there are opportunities for your child right here in Columbia!

The Richland Library hosts countless activities and classes for children and adults of all ages to participate in free of charge! Throughout the summer, children can attend classes about comedy, crafting, astronomy, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), poetry, SAT prep, and much, much more. There are similar activities for adults including lessons in creative writing, photography, sewing, Microsoft Word, etc. Summer doesn’t have to be just about “hanging out” and playing on our iPads or iPhones. Whether your children attend a few fun classes or a more structured summer camp, this is the perfect time to connect with people in our community, enrich children’s minds, and expand their life experiences!

However you choose to spend your time, have a great summer in South Carolina!


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KellyGram – Memorial Day 2017

 

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. First referred to as Decoration Day, the holiday originated following the Civil War in 1868 and did not become federally recognized until 1971. This holiday was set aside for Americans to honor and remember those men and women who have died while serving in our country’s armed forces.

While many of us will be enjoying a long weekend in the mountains or at the beach, picnics or sporting events, and time with friends and family, let us not forget that this country remains free through the grace of God and the sacrifice of many men and women who have given their lives for our safety and security.

The National Moment of Remembrance Resolution was passed in December 2000 and asks that at 3 PM local time all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps”. I hope everyone will join in this act of commemoration to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Happy Memorial Day, and may God continue to bless the United States of America and its citizens!


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Mike Kelly

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Heroes

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I am a big movie fan. Watching a movie is a great way to let your mind relax for a couple of hours. When I was a kid, I enjoyed reading comic books, particularly those involving the adventures of superheroes. So it naturally follows that I get excited every time a new movie comes out featuring my favorite childhood superheroes. Judging by the incredible box office numbers these films generate, I am not the only one. Do you ever wonder why these movies are so incredibly popular?

Take a look at the list of the highest grossing movies of all time. Almost all of the movies on the list have storylines that involve heroes of some sort. As much as we look up to and admire heroes as children, it is not just children who make these movies so popular. These movies are enjoyed just as much by adults. I think that the reason these movies are so popular is that we all need to believe in heroes.

Some of the biggest and most popular news stories involve ordinary people doing extraordinary things in difficult circumstances. These people would probably not consider themselves heroes, but we give them that title, because having real heroes makes the world a better place. So they make the rounds on talk shows, then we write books about them, and make movies about them, because we need our heroes!

But does your life have to be made into a book or a movie in order for you to be considered a hero? According to Webster’s Dictionary, a hero can be defined as a person who is “admired for his achievements and noble qualities” or “one who shows great courage.” Don’t we all know someone in our lives who fits these definitions?

There are thousands of men and women who have put themselves in harm’s way in order to protect us and our freedoms, in the military and law enforcement. There are teachers and coaches who have gone above and beyond to get the best out of us, seeing the potential that we may not have seen in ourselves. There are parents who work tirelessly, and sometimes thanklessly, in order to provide for their family. There are those who use their skills and their talents to fight for those who are not able to fight for themselves. There are those who display courage and strength in the face of life threatening illness. The world is filled with heroes who will never be recognized on a movie screen.

Who are the real heroes in your life? Do they know how much of an impact they have had on you? As we approach Memorial Day, a day to remember our fallen heroes, I encourage you to acknowledge your heroes. Let them know how much they mean, and strive to be a hero to others!


KellyGram – Congratulations, Lisa Cotten!

 

Lisa Cotten began working at the Mike Kelly Law Group in 2007 and is primarily focused on social security, worker’s compensation, and personal injury claims. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

Lisa is a blessing to the Mike Kelly Law Group and the clients she serves. She is often called “the voice of reason” around the MKLG office. She is also an outstanding wife and mother. The love of her life is her son, Myles, who is gifted both academically and athletically.

Lisa has been a hard worker her entire life and her accomplishments extend well beyond the workplace. She serves with distinction on several committees of the South Carolina Bar and is active in her community. Her latest recognition comes in her appointment to the Richland County Recreation Board of Commissioners. For those of you who keep up with Richland County’s current affairs, the Richland County Recreation Committee has been under fire and the subject of litigation.

Our governor and legislative delegation have wisely intervened in an effort to restore the agency’s credibility and accountability. Lisa is the perfect person to assist in restructuring the recreation commission so it can better serve the citizens of Richland County. Again, congratulations, Lisa, and we know you’ll do a great job!


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KellyGram – In Admiration of Mothers

 

At the Mike Kelly Law Group, I have the privilege of being surrounded by some of the most dedicated and compassionate mothers. They love their children, spouses, and families, and they do a pretty good job of taking care of me as well! Although fathers are equally important in our upbringing, there is something special about the love a mother has for her child.

My mother, Helena Crawford Kelly, was born in 1921 in the back of a grocery store outside of Washington, North Carolina. Her mother was a widow raising my mom and her brother (my Uncle Joe). She worked sixty hours per week in the textile mills. My mother followed suit and, after a brief stint in the textile mill, became a bookkeeper for an oil company until my sister and I were born. She then devoted 100% of her time to being the world’s best mother. Although she could be stern at times, she showed a level of love and compassion I have yet to see, since. She peacefully passed away in 2006 at the age of 85. I miss her every day. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!


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Social Security Disability Law: It’s Not About The Money

Lisa Long Cotten

I often tell people that Social Security Disability is one of the most rewarding legal practice areas. I was reminded of that when I received a fully favorable decision on a gentleman who became disabled as the result of a violent crime. Mr. M, as we will call him, was walking home from work one day when he was attacked and robbed by several thugs. Mr. M was found lying on the ground unresponsive. He was transported to the emergency room via EMS where he remained for over a month. Mr. M’s status was so dire that he had to be resuscitated and placed on a ventilator. During his hospitalization, Mr. M had to have a sitter with him at all times due to suspected symptoms from the concussion. He improved with treatment and was discharged from the hospital as stable; however, he was left with permanent severe impairments due to his head trauma. Unfortunately, no suspects were ever arrested and charged in the crime.

At his initial application and reconsideration, the Social Security Administration found that he could not return to his past work, but there were other jobs that existed in significant numbers in the national economy that he could perform. Eventually a hearing was held before an administrative law judge in the Columbia hearing office. Based upon the medical evidence and Mr. M’s testimony, the judge found that Mr. M was disabled as of the date of his assault. No amount of money could ever replace what was taken from him on the day of the assault, but I take great pride in knowing that I had a hand in helping this deserving client. It took two years and several appeals, but Mr. M is finally receiving much needed benefits.

If you have been denied benefits that you believe you are entitled to or have questions about the process, please feel free to contact us at the Mike Kelly Law Group at 1-803-726-0123 or 1-866-692-0123. You can also contact the Social Security Administration at www.socialsecurity.gov or toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 to make an application.

 


KellyGram – Graduation 2017

 

As we approach the end of this academic year, the Mike Kelly Law Group would like to salute the graduates of all Midlands area schools, from kindergarten through college. Graduation is a milestone event which provides students with a sense of pride in their hard-earned accomplishments. The graduation ceremony is a celebration of the graduates’ preparedness to use their newfound diplomas and embark on future learning endeavors, whether that be through additional schooling or a career path. I have a fond memory of each one of my graduations even though they occurred a long time ago!

Graduation is for students both young and old! I recently represented a sixty-year-old female who withdrew from school in the eighth grade to start working. After forty years, she decided to earn her high school diploma online, which required diligent work and was no easy task. Now that is impressive! The Mike Kelly Law Group is proud of all our graduates and wish them all great success in their future and Godspeed.


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