Skip to main content
Clint Curtis

Clint Curtis’s Answers

647 total


  • Social Security

    Is social security tax deducted from FRS disability retirement payments? Also, is social security tax deducted from MetLife long term disability payments?

    Clint’s Answer

    Social Security tax is not deducted from disability retirement payments because is not money that is earned through working.

    See question 
  • If I end up not being told that I will not have Permanent, Partial disability is it possible to get some type of settlement?

    Had complications following initial surgery for Fractured Hip(2012) which occurred at work. I am currently waiting for Hip Replacement due to Avascular Necrosis which was caused by the Hip Fracture. Just as an aside, I had hip surgery in May this...

    Clint’s Answer

    You can't get a partial disability rating from the Social SDecurity Administration but depending on your condition and ability to work, you may or may not be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. I know this is as unclear an answer as you can possibly get, but the answer will depend on numerous factors.

    I suggest that you contact an attorney to discuss your situation, given that you are still working with accommodations.

    I wish you the best of luck with your situation.

    See question 
  • Should I list a therapist that I saw privately on my SSI application for Social Security?

    I'm hesitant because while he already told me that he didn't keep any medical records, I know it looks better to have gotten as much treatment as possible.

    Clint’s Answer

    You should provide the names and addresses of all of the doctors that you saw during your is disability and even those that you saw before your disability. Doctors are required to keep records for the amount of time required by the laws of their state so it is possible that the records might still be available. It won't hurt to include that doctor on the list if you think that there is relevant information in that record.

    I wish you the best of luck with your situation.

    See question 
  • Which medical records will Social Security collect for claimants?

    Ideally, they would collect them all, but I've heard that they can also make a decision without doing so. Does this happen often? Do they at least make sure they have the most recent ones first? How far do they typically go back?

    Clint’s Answer

    Ideally, SSA will get all of your medical records from your doctors but this doesn't always happen. If you submit the records to SSA yourself them you are sure that SSA has them when they are making a decision.

    There are numerous reasons why they sometimes don't obtain your records: your doctor didn't get the request for the records from SSA, the doctor fails to respond to the request, a typo in the doctor's address causes confusion, or failure to name the doctor on the application or appeal.

    Ultimately, it is up to the claimant to make sure that all of the records are there.

    I wish you the best of luck.

    See question 
  • Why is it difficult to meet a disability listing?

    I thought I did but everyone talking about how hard it is to do has made me doubt myself. I have been professionally diagnosed with social anxiety on numerous occasions and I have the medical records to prove it. That satisfies A2 of the anxiety l...

    Clint’s Answer

    I agree with my Colleague. Meeting a disability listing requires more than just a diagnoses and accompanied by the listed symptoms. Sometimes it does take a little more than records prove a disability. If you have been denied, it's likely that you will have to see an administrative law judge who will question you regarding your ability to work and function socially.

    It takes time and patience to get through the process given that an overwhelming number of applicants are denied in the application phase.

    See question 
  • Receiving SSD. What do I need to become eligible for SSI.

    I am currently on SSD due to several mental health diagnosis. I receive alimony which will cease next year. SSD is 800.00 per month that my payee has a trust account for me. Next year, when I don't receive my alimony, 800.00 per month from SSD...

    Clint’s Answer

    With your present SSDI amount you will get very little from SSI. If you already have medical through SSDI (takes 24 months) the medical from SSI would as least kick in immediately.

    You might want to contact a family law attorney to see if your alimony term can be increased due to your illness. Might not work either but, depending on the facts of your situation, it is worth a quick consultation.

    See question 
  • Im disabled and seperated from my husband my name is on deed to house my husband lives in and getting in divcorce

    is this concidered an asset if i apply for ssi

    Clint’s Answer

    Assuming that this was your residence prior to the divorce. make sure that the house is no longer in your name when the divorce action concludes. This can be accomplished by having him buy out any portion you are awarded. Make sure that they total is placed in a spend down trust or paid as an annuity so that you do not go over the limit for ssi. If you are on SSDI the asset makes no difference.

    See question 
  • Can 2 companies receive funds from SS disability? This will sound confusing but I am wondering if the following is legal.

    In Feb I singed a contract with a company in Mass. A few weeks later I called them and cancelled and started up with another company that was local. After 2 calls and a letter to cancel they continued to call me as if everything was the same. ...

    Clint’s Answer

    • Selected as best answer

    If you feel the company that you told to stop the process acted in bad faith, contact SS and file a complaint. SS registers companies that file for SS benefits. If they are an attorney you may file a complaint with the bar where they are licensed. If they are not you can file a complaint with the consumer protection agency in the state they are licensed. You should contact them first and request a full release. Let them know that you will take action if they do not. If they are an attorney they will probably comply. If not then they may not care.

    See question 
  • Will $25,000.00 lottery winning affect my Social Security Disability benefits or Medicare?

    I am 47 years old deemed permanently disabled. My husband has a workers comp injury.

    Clint’s Answer

    It depends if you are drawing SSDI which would have been based on you becoming disabled when you were working or SSI which is a needs based program. If on SSI then it could put you over the allowable income and your payments would cease. A possible way around that would be to see a financial planning attorney which could establish a spend down trust. This would allow you to receive the winnings in a trickle that would fall under the income requirements and still keep your benefits in place.

    See question 
  • I worry about the information that I provided to the investigator (welfare fraud)

    I had an interview with the welfare investigator. I told her everything, and there was nothing I could deny...she had it all right in front of me. When I told her the situation at the time, she tried to reassure me. She said from the looks of i...

    Clint’s Answer

    Too late to offer advice on what you have already admitted but you might want to check with a criminal defense attorney in case they come back for more. They will probably set up a payment plan but it is at their discretion. If an investigator is interviewing you, they do not have all the information. Do not write down anything on AVVO or any other site that even remotely looks like an admission. These things are a public forum and can be used against you. You do not have any expectation of attorney client privileged.

    From the few sentences you wrote on AVVO, you have stated that you took the payments and that you knew at the time that they were fraudulent. The statements regarding battered and beaten only go to mitigation of sentence rather than the actual elements of proving the fraud.

    Check with an attorney in your area as soon as possible. If nothing happens then that that is great but if something does, then your attorney will be ready to respond before you say anything else that might lead to greater complications.

    See question