Plan for an Uncertain Future with Social Security Advance Designation

Many people who receive Social Security benefits are elderly or disabled. At some point, they may find they are no longer able to manage their benefits. Their family or another interested person might have to set up a conservatorship or guardianship in order to take over for them. However, that’s expensive and time-consuming. There’s another…

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Ask an SSDI Attorney: Can I Make Money While on Disability?

Some government disability benefits are complicated. Some, like Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), are so difficult that many first-time applications are denied. However, maybe your situation is different. You already receive benefits but wonder if you can make money while on disability. It is possible, but you have to know how the system works. Work…

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How Long Does It Take to Process SSDI and SSI Applications?

When you feel terrible, it’s hard to wait for something that might help you feel a little more secure. But when you apply for government benefits, you seldom get a quick answer. For example, let’s look at Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Understanding how long it takes the Social Security…

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I’m Getting Disability Benefits. Is My Family Eligible for Benefits Also?

Marla and John both worked to support their three children. So, their finances really took a hit when Marla stopped working because of her debilitating multiple sclerosis. She applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, and Social Security approved her application. However, her monthly benefits still fell far below what she had been earning.…

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5 New Conditions in the Compassionate Allowances Program

Sally and her family were devastated when she was diagnosed with a rare, serious medical condition. Hospital stays and out-patient treatment would take all the time she had left. Sally could no longer work as she battled her disease – but the bills would keep coming in. She and her family needed financial support, and…

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What Is the Social Security Representative Payee Program

At age 8, Hunter started receiving Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI) benefits from the Social Security Administration (“Social Security”). Of course, he was too young to manage his benefits. Unfortunately, his mother was not capable of managing them either. They needed help. Jillian also needed help. At age 55, she was no longer able to…

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Understanding Your Social Security Benefit Verification Letter

Government benefits can be confusing. Applying is hard, but sometimes it’s even challenging to understand what benefits have been awarded to you. The Social Security Administration (“Social Security”) provides a Social Security Benefit Verification letter to people who receive Social Security, disability (Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI), Medicare, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.…

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