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Kristina Street Hatcher

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  • My husband is due retro active pay that was withheld from his SSDI claim for additional fees that our lawyer could claim

    she sent them a letter stating she was not seeking any additonal fees and that they can release all of his reto active pay to him. When we call they tell us it is still being processed in PC-7 which I assume is the processing center #7, they give...

    Kristina’s Answer

    Often, if you keep track of these phone calls, you can get someone at your local Social Security office to follow up on the whereabouts of the money. Unfortunately, I have seen it take six months to distribute money that is withheld like this even where the attorney doesn't claim an additional fee. Good luck to you.

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  • Can you have an IRA while receiving Social Security Disability Benefits in Missouri?

    No distribution payments are being taken out yet. Someone told me that in the state of Missouri you can not have IRA as an asset if on SSDI. I can find no info to support this. Is this true?

    Kristina’s Answer

    I agree with Ms. Sinclair's through response and would add that if you are not completely sure which program you were approved under, you can call your local SSA office to find out. Sometimes the different title numbers and nicknames for programs are confusing to clients and others. Good luck to you!

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  • Why can't I draw Social Security?

    I did not pay enough into SS to draw anything. I do get Medicare, because I was marred to a Lady for 13 years. I get it through her SS. Social security said I made too much money to get anything.. Please help...Thanks

    Kristina’s Answer

    I agree. If you do not understand exactly why you do not qualify for either program, schedule a face to face appointment with your local SSA office. They are generally very helpful. Good luck.

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  • Can a lawyer still get 25% cut of disability benefits if we got a denial while he was our attorney, i called

    We got denial letter while being under an attorney , I called SS and spoke the the person who made decision and pointed out THEIR mistakes, The decision supervisor than REVERSED THE DECISION DOES THIS ATTORNEY HAVE ANY CLAIM TO THIS MONEY, HE DI...

    Kristina’s Answer

    While it is possible to contest the fee and you may have legitimate grounds to do so, you should also consider that a great deal of work may have been done in preparing the record. In other words, many times attorneys put in most of their time where the client is unaware of his/her time and effort spent. I wouldn't assume he did nothing just because a denial was issued. This is a big reason Social Security will continue to pay the advocate even if he is no longer representing you as long as you have not objected. If you do object timely, then the attorney will have to present to the decision maker an estimate of the time he spent on the case. Sometimes that results in a reduced fee to the attorney and sometimes it does not. Just something to consider. Good luck to you.

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  • Can Social Security reduce your benefits because I claimed gambling winnings on my 2012 tax return even though I was able to

    deduct the entire amount of winnings due to my gambling losses.

    Kristina’s Answer

    What type of benefits are you receiving?

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  • What can I do about this

    ten years ago my uncle stole my social security checks and cashed then and used then for whatever he wanted and pleased, what can I do about this situation today it still haunts me and gives me a lot of mental distress and I wanna bring him to jus...

    Kristina’s Answer

    If you are limited in funds, you should start with legal aid and mental health in your area. You will need someone to walk you through your options given your specific circumstances and that is much too large a question to advise you in this forum. Good luck to you.

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  • I receive SSI.My daughter put her savings in my savings account will I get in trouble.

    Can I exsplain to SSI This is not mine?

    Kristina’s Answer

    It is a bad idea to comingle funds for several different reasons. Separate the money now and I would also have your daughter sign something acknowledging the full amount of the deposit/withdraw was hers and only hers for your records in case of an inquiry. SSI eligibility depends on you only having a small amount of assets (including money available in bank accounts). Good luck to you.

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  • HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO RECEIVE FOOD STAMPS IN PENNSYLVANIA?

    I AM 20 YES OLD NO CHILDREN

    Kristina’s Answer

    I agree. Call the local office to find out whether you qualify.

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  • I turn 62 in January and I applied for Social security. I was called by Social Security and was told I do not qualify.

    I was told that I made too much money and that I will have to withdraw my claim and was also sent a letter with a form to fill out and send back withdrawing my request. Why can't I get some money from what I have paid in to the system? I don...

    Kristina’s Answer

    I agree and would only add that your local office ought to walk you through this. You will have to give them specific numbers, as they generally will not speculate. I would suggest calling them and asking for an explanation considering your current income and the same income at 65 so that you have a better understanding. Good luck to you.

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  • Am I liable for "restocking charge" of $272.75 on carpeting? I am a senior citizen on Social Security.

    Recently I has dealings with a carpet store to have my home re carpeted. We picked an installation date and the owner of the store said his people would arrive at 8:30 am. One worker arrived at 8:30 but could not do anything by himself s...

    Kristina’s Answer

    Your status as a senior citizen/SS recipient doesn't necessarily affect whether or not you are legally obligated although, it might should have affected their customer service. Still, bad customer service is not illegal. I am re-tagging this under contract law so that some of those folks can weigh-in. Good luck to you.

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