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Elizabeth Fowler Lunn

Elizabeth Lunn’s Answers

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  • It's legal for the office of child support to give out social security numbers over the phone?

    When the person they gave it to has no legal rights to my son. The judge told me I do not have to have contact or give him ( my sons father) any information that I do not to. And so there fore they gave him something with out my permission is that...

    Elizabeth’s Answer

    You are not clear about what "no legal rights" to your son means. Just because a Court has ordered that you do not have to give the information, does not mean that a government agency is not allowed to give the information. You need to speak to a supervisor at the child support office to determine why the information was given and if the number should not have been given out, you can contact Social Security about changing the child's number to prevent identity fraud issues (if that is a concern.) If you have a custody attorney you should also speak to them about this.

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  • My SSDI benefits were suspended due to an arrest. I was in jail 14 days. How do I get them reinstated? What is recourse collect?

    I thought you had to be in jail 30 days for your benefits to be suspended. I was in jail for a total of 15 days and have the paperwork to support my claim. I never received any notification from Social Security.

    Elizabeth’s Answer

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    It is unlikely that your benefits would have been suspended for anything less than 30 days, but you might have been suspended if you were arrested on an older outstanding felony warrant. Or you might have been suspended for something totally unrelated to your arrest. Call your local SSA office and make an appointment to go in with your documentation. Make sure you file an appeal in writing within 60 days of the notice of your suspension.

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  • If I get married in the state of NC will my husbands income affect my social security disability check?

    I receive disability not ssi

    Elizabeth’s Answer

    If you are not receiving SSI then your husband's income will not affect your disability check, unless you are receiving widow's benefits (getting paid off of a prior deceased spouse's record). Then your marriage (not the income from your new husband) may affect your benefits.

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  • Can i sue him without a lawyer?

    my uncle stole my social security checks when i was 17 and not living with him, i was actually on my own in my own home, can i sue him by myself in Mississippi what actions do i need to take mind you this did happen over ten years ago, so what can...

    Elizabeth’s Answer

    You don't say how old you are now or how long ago this happened. He was likely your representative payee which would have allowed him to legally cash the checks. He would have been required to spend the money on your welfare and he had to sign a statement at the end of each year to Social Security that he did so. You can sit down with someone at SSA to see if you have any recourse through the agency. You could also sue him in small claims court, since the amount is likely below the limit.

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  • SSI

    I am living in a private shelter as I cant afford a house. I am disabled and want to file for foodstamp and SSI. My intention is that if I get sufficient amount from SSI I will look for my own place to live because this shelter is temporary in nat...

    Elizabeth’s Answer

    SSI will not be reduced due to foodstamps, but it will be reduced because you are not providing your own housing. However, once you leave the shelter and get your own place, you will start receiving the higher payment amount. It is $721/month. While not enough for rent in a private apartment complex on your own, you might be able to afford housing with a roommate. There are also low-income housing options for the disabled.
    If you have worked enough in 5 of the past 10 years, you might be eligible for regular Social Security disability benefits. Those are not reduced because someone else is providing your housing. The local Social Security office can tell you if you are insured for this type of benefits. In your situation, I would recommend filing the application in person (call SSA to get an appointment) so that you can ask questions like this when you apply.

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  • The issue of possibly working while receiving SSID

    I am 64 and started receiving SSID 4 yrs ago- 65 in June 2014-will I lose anything from SSID if I find some type of sedentary work either full or part time work? will my SSID change to regular SSI at 65? or will it remain SSID till I die? a...

    Elizabeth’s Answer

    Since your full retirement age is 66, not 65, you do need to be careful about how much you work. If you have worked at all since getting SSID then you may have already used some of your trial work period. SSA gives you a 9 month trial work period in which you can earn money and it will not affect your benefits. The amount you earn to trigger the trial work period is less than the $1040/month mentioned in another answer. There are also limits on the amount you can work without affecting your benefits after you reach your full retirement age.

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  • Can my grandchildren's mother get their social security checks?

    A few weeks ago I asked if the mother of my grandchildren could get their ss checks as child support at the time the parents weren't married. Since then they have gotten married but I am still the payee representative for the children. Can the mot...

    Elizabeth’s Answer

    The marital status of the parents is not the issue. For now, you are the rep payee and you are responsible for spending the money appropriately. If she files to have the rep payee changed, then you can step in and explain why that is not a good idea.

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  • I was told I could receive a non service disability if i said i was suicidal is their more information I should know about this?

    Under the age of 65, Income is limited under 10,000 a year

    Elizabeth’s Answer

    If you are talking about a non-service connected pension from the VA, you may qualify if you meet the financial and service requirements. However, just telling them that you are suicidal is not what you need to do to get approved. If you are feeling suicidal, you should get help immediately. If you are a Veteran, even if you are not getting services from the VA currently, you can walk into a major VA medical center and get emergency treatment.
    To get approved for the pension, you must be unable to work due to a medical condition or combination of medical conditions (including mental health). File an application if you believe you are eligible.
    If you are depressed then having mental health treatment may help support your claim.

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  • What can I do if my step mother will not give me my Birth Certificate, Social Security and Insurance card?

    I am 18 years old and she denies that she has any of them.

    Elizabeth’s Answer

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    You can easily obtain duplicates of all of these items. Contact the register of deeds or office of vital records in the state where you were born to get your birth certificate. Then you will be able to get your replacement Social Security card (once the government reopens because Social Security is not processing those requests right now). Your insurance company will likely just mail you a new card if you ask.

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  • Viet nam era vet. usmc 9 years service, honerable discharge, limited income,recent stroke non serv related disability?

    not eligable for ss disability due to lack of points. ssi maybe, can the VA help? 58 years old had a stroke and am recovering slowly but not there yet

    Elizabeth’s Answer

    In addition to filing for SSI, if you income is low enough you may qualify for a non-service connected pension from the VA.

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