[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Social Security can be confusing but we are here to help!  We get questions all the time from people just like you needing help.  We are always wanting and willing to help whenever we can. Here are some recent Questions and Answers we have gotten recently..  If you have any please submit them on the form at the bottom.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” el_class=”inr-ssd-sec”][vc_column][vc_toggle title=”IIf I take Social Security survivors benefits at age 60, will it effect the amount of retirement benefits I receive at 70? I’m 60. My only husband died in 1992. Neither of us had children. I planned to take retirement benefits at age 70. If I take survivors benefits now, will it reduce the amount of retirement benefits I receive at age 70. The rep at Social Security could not answer the question. I searched the SS website, but didn’t find an answer. Can you direct me to a written regulation regarding this issue?” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]No, receiving survivor’s benefits will not affect or reduce the amount of your retirement benefits when you decide to take them. When that time comes, Social Security will simply choose the higher of the two benefit amounts, and that will be the amount that you receive after you retire. As Ms. Schaefer pointed out above, you can choose to receive the survivor’s benefits at any age between 60 and full retirement age, but keep in mind that if you choose to take it early, the survivor’s benefits will reduce a fraction of a percent each year until you reach full retirement age.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”What happens if ssdi examiner asks if ever were you diagnosed with bipolar disorder during psychological exam? I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression since 16 years old and severe uncontrollable hypertension because of my anxiety for over decade now. I went for my CEexam and examiner asked if I was ever diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. Is this going to interfere with my claim, or what does this mean?” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]You need to be honest with the examiner about all of your medical conditions, including bipolar disorder, if that’s something that you have been diagnosed with. The examiner is there to evaluate your condition and report back to the SSA with what they find.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Can I collect social from my late husband? Can I collect social security benefits from my late husband even though we divorced? We lived together for close to 20 years but were only legally married for 6 or 7 years.” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]There are several different qualifications that need to be met before you are able to collect survivors benefits for a deceased ex-spouse, but the first one is that you would need to have been married for at least 10 years. You may want to research whether a common-law marriage applies to your situation.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Can I sue social security if they lost my passport and original marriage certificate? I needed to apply for a legal name change due to my marriage. Because the offices are closed, I had to send in my documents by mail. They required an application and fee, my original passport and my original marriage certificate. I sent it via certified mail and got a notification that it was delivered. SSA is saying they don’t have it. What are my options?” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]That is extremely frustrating, but no you cannot sue the SSA for lost mail. If you sent it by certified mail requiring a signature, then try to track down the name of the person who signed the certified slip and go from there.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”If i become emancipated will i continue to receive social security benefits? I am thinking of getting emancipated as a youth in foster care and im trying to map out my options and do as much research as possible.” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]If you are receiving survivorship benefits, then you would still receive those benefits until you’re 18 years old, or 19 years old if you are a full-time high school student. If you are receiving SSI benefits then emancipation should not disqualify you. You would still need to meet the financial and disability requirements for SSI. Given the complexity of the issues you are facing I would highly encourage you to seek out a local attorney who practices Social Security Disability for further guidance.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Can i draw social security for my minor children? Been on permanent disability due to heart transplant. Never notified social security of my 2 sons birth. do they qualify for benefits?” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]As Mr. Pont said, your children may be entitled to auxiliary benefits as long as they are under the age of 18 and unmarried. You just need to contact your local Social Security office and go from there. One thing to note is that auxiliary benefits are only available if you are receiving SSDI benefits, not SSI. SSI provides no benefits to anyone except the disabled individual.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”How do I report how I spent the winnings, when I have no receipts? I won $4054.00, paid 25% in taxes at the casino. Reported my win promptly to SSA, I’m currently on ssidi. I just received a confirmation letter from the SSA, that they got my report … Now, they want to know how I spent the winnings…I didn’t know that they’d want receipts and I didn’t keep them. I can remember most of how and where I spent some and I found a few of the receipts, that didn’t get tossed yet. $1000.00, of the winnings I still have…thank you.” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]With a lump sum like yours, you need to prove to Social Security that first, you spent your entire winnings within the same calendar month that you received the lump sum (example, if you won the money on August 15th then you would need to spend the winnings all within August, before September 1st), and second, you have to prove to them that the winnings were spent on purchases that they deem acceptable. Unfortunately, if you don’t have receipts to prove where the money was spent, most likely they will pause your benefits for a certain time period. As the previous attorney commented, if you are unable to find any receipts, then it might be best to hold on to the remaining amount of your winnings just in case they do decide to pause your benefits.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Will I lose my license and social disability insurance ? I recently got caught with having less than 3oz of THC” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]It will only affect your Social Security disability benefits if you go to jail for more than 30 days. If you are incarcerated longer than a month, then Social Security will stop your benefits but will reinstate them once you are released, as long as you aren’t incarcerated longer than 12 months. If you are in jail for 12 consecutive months or longer, then your benefits will be canceled and you will have to file a new application with Social Security. I don’t know how this will affect your license as I don’t practice law in Idaho.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”My son lives in Ohio and I live in Tennessee can I still be his payee on his SSI My son is living in ohio” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]Yes, you can still be his payee. Although Social Security does prefer that the payee and the claimant live near each other in order to make it easier for the payee to manage their benefits, there is no requirement that you have to live in the same state.

The SSA has a lot of information about the representative payee program that can be found here:

https://www.ssa.gov/payee/faqrep.htm[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”What is the best way to evaluate who to hire for a social security disability appeal? Is there a “best“ firm nationwide or NYC? Applied for disability and was rejected and request for reconsideration was also denied. History of head injury/POTS/dysautonomia with medical paperwork and documentation.” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]If your Request for Reconsideration has been recently denied, then you need to make sure the appeal is filed within 60 days of the denial date. If you miss the deadline you may have to start all over again.

There really isn’t a “best” Social Security Disability firm. I would recommend using the “Find a Lawyer” tab at the top of this page to find a top-rated Social Security lawyer near you. Read what their prior clients have said about them in reviews. If they have no reviews that may be a red flag. Most importantly you want somebody who will talk to you personally and that you feel you can trust.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Are there any lawyers available that provide consultative services to clients preparing for a CDR? I am looking to hire someone if possible to help guide me during the continued disability review process, such as getting assistance with preparing forms for the review. Also, just some legal advice in general with how to deal with this process. I feel there is so much to be done in terms of preparation, and it would be great if I had some assistance with preparing for these kind of reviews.” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]In general, it is much easier to pass a Continuing Disability Review than it is to be granted benefits in the first place, as long as your medical condition(s) have not improved since you were granted benefits. I would recommend using the “Find a Lawyer” tab at the top of this page to find a top-rated Social Security lawyer near you that can help with your specific case.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”I won at casino but am on ssi and section 8 Avhp I won 4320 on twin riveres casino im 50 and on ssi i also have section 8 alternative housing voucher program in boston my question is how does this affect them both and if there are any ways to reduce wat i have to pay” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]Yes, you should report these winnings to Social Security as soon as possible. Your SSI benefits will likely be reduced or brought to zero if your winnings bring you over the SSI asset limit of $2,000.00. If you don’t report the winnings the SSA will likely charge you with an overpayment for that time period.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”If A fine goes to collections do I still have to pay it and what happens if I don’t ? I had fines that I couldn’t pay while on social security and they were sent to collections. Do I still have to pay them and what happens if I don’t?” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]You will still have to pay the fines. Being on Social Security only means you get regular payments from the government. You should consult with a local attorney to learn what happens if you do not pay them.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Can I get ssi, food stamps, and cash benefits at the same? Lost my social security card, lost my green card, waiting for new card if approved for renewal, can not get new social security card until I bring in a green card. Can not get a real job for 9 years, been on public assistance since before I lost my green card. If off p.a. no documentation to reapply for p.a. If and when I am able to get my documents, no healthy work history. Will I be able to apply for ssi and still keep my p.a. food stamps, Medicaid and cash benefits?” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]In theory yes. However, SSI is a needs-based program and other income and resources you have decreases the amount of money you would receive under the program. If the benefits you are receiving are too high you may meet the medical requirements for SSI but not qualify due to the income-based restrictions. Just call your local social security office and they will be able to confirm for you whether applying would be helpful in your situation.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Please see my entire question below. Assuming a claimant receives a SSD denial by an ALJ dated 11/26/19 and his DLI is 12/31/19. If that claimant does not appeal the ALJ decision but rather files a timely new application before his DLI, does his burden then become proving a disability from 11/27/19 (day after the ALJ decision) through 12/31/19?” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]Yes. Just file a new claim and hope that you get a judge with a more favorable grant rate the second time around.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Is my SSDI disability affected at all by building up a Roth IRA?I have been on Social Security SSDI for 7 years now. Last year, I started putting money into a Roth IRA (from a p/t job). Will the amount in the Roth at some point affect my being able to remain on disability under Social Security rules?” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]No. For SSDI your net worth does not change your eligibility for benefits. You are thinking of SSI, which is affected by your savings and income.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Can my mother qualify for disability or social security? My mother, now 72, is a former DODDS employee who retired after 40 years of teaching. Because she stayed under the CSRS plan, her years of working overseas did not pay in to SS. She had already earned 28 points prior and would need to work another 3 years to earn the 40 points. However, in the last 3-5 years, her health has been declining, her ability to drive is inhibited and a few months ago/the beginning of the pandemic, she was hospitalized and diagnosed with acute necrotizing encephalitis and has had vision problems and muscle weakness since. She currently does not drive at all, and has short term memory issues as well. Is there an option for her to receive partial SS benefits, or would she qualify for disability? Thank you.” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]She does not qualify. Once you turn 66 you only qualify for retirement benefits.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Husband has a stroke at work (Home Depot). Will he be entitled to some type of disability from his employer? Age 74, Works full-time as a order expeditor in Cape Coral, Florida for the Home Depot. Had a massive stroke and was in the hospital for four days, followed by Inpatient Rehab for an additional 10. He is not in any shape to return to work, and is unlikely to do so the near future. He’s not driving, is having a very difficult time with his vision and speech. I was under the impression that if something happens while you’re at work you would get some type of short or long term disability through the company itself. He is already receiving Social Security retirement. But went back to work due to Financial difficulties 3 years ago. He has not received a check for even the sick and vacation days he has accumulated which we thought they would have and reimbursed him for. He got next to nothing the first check after and zero dollars this last payday. It happened so recently, I am livid. A side note, it happened at 10 a.m. and no one from Home Depot called me. I did not find out until he called me at 6 p.m. that evening from the hospital , barely able to pronounce his words . I am besides myself how this company treats one of its own. Extremly upset and don’t really know what to do.” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]Not all companies offer short or long term disability for their employees. You will need to contact the manager at the Home Depot location he worked at and ask what benefits (if any) are available for him. I am very sorry to hear this happened to your husband; I hope things work out for you both.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Help please ? When we got married he used a fake social security number, and we have not been together in over 10 years, he was deported to mexico over 3 years ago, we do have 3 kids but he doesnt talk to them either, we have not heard from him in over 5 years. i need help please im not sure what i need to do. thanks” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]You need to provide more information before you can get an answer. What are you trying to get help accomplishing?[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”If I’m divorced and remarry..and adopt his name, how will that affect my accrued and new benefits for SS ? Does changing your name legally in anyway affect old benefits accrued under Social Security, and when I change my name to his, will my Social Security benefits be tied to his …..or do we remain separate recipients based on our individual SS numbers?” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]Changing your name won’t affect your benefits accrued under Social Security. You will remain separate recipients based on your individual Social Security numbers.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”What can i do to qualify for disability ?cant work do to lower back injury not capable of standing and walking and sitting to long and lifting. i have done a surgery 2016 of october and did not go so well after 5mths. seen new doctors and symptoms has gotten worse.” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]I am sorry to hear your symptoms are getting worse following your surgery. You need to go ahead and apply for benefits. Call your local El Paso SSA office at (866) 964-6229 and tell them you would like to apply over the phone. Whether you will get benefits depends on a lot of factors such as your age, the contents of your medical records, and what judge decides your case; however, having trouble sitting, lifting, and walking are generally good indicators of a successful claim.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Can the Social Security Disability Administration put me in a institution/hospital if they find my C-PTSD too severe?I’m going through the process of a Disability claim now and The SSD has required a psychological evaluation. I’m hoping that they can’t just throw me in a hole because they deem me to be hopeless” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18px|text_align:left|color:%23416a92″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” use_custom_heading=”true”]You shouldn’t worry about being involuntarily hospitalized during a psychological evaluation for a disability case. I highly recommend attending the exam because it will help create evidence for your case. People are only involuntarily hospitalized if the doctor believes it is likely that the person may harm themselves or others. I am sorry you are having this fear of attending the exam.[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” el_class=”inr-question-form-sec”][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”How Can We Help?” alignment=”left” spacer=”line_only” spacer_position=”bottom” line_height=”1″ line_width=”50″][/ultimate_heading][vc_empty_space height=”20px”]

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