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  • Applying for SSDI

    I've been told that you can apply for SSDI online. I will need a lawyer's assistance but would like to know if it's worthwhile to start an application online or go to a Social Security Office to start an application before the end of this month? ...

    Clifford’s Answer

    I will add two things. Fist, you have to follow up and file an SSI claim, usually within 60 days of filing the SSDI claim.

    Second, you might want to talk to an attorney for guidance. You may contact your local city, county or state bar association to see if they have a lawyer referral program, or you may contact your local legal aid office if you cannot afford an attorney.

    In addition, you can find a Board certified specialist in Social Security by contacting the National Board of Trial Advocacy. They evaluate lawyers (independently) in many types of claims and require extensive experience and testing before a lawyer is certified. They have a section specifically for Social Security.

    Their link is: http://www.nbtalawyers.org/find-an-attorney

    You may also contact the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) for the name and email address or telephone number of attorneys in your area. The telephone number for the lawyer referral service of NOSSCR is 1-800-431-2804. NOSSCR's website is https://www.nosscr.org/helping-you/referral-service.

    Most attorneys who do any amount of Social Security work are members of NOSSCR and provide a free initial consultation. In any event, no attorney may charge a fee for work on a social security claim until it has been approved by Social Security. The fee limit is a maximum of 25% of past due or back due benefits you are owed, and many lawyers charge less than the full 25%, and the money is not paid until your claim has been approved.

    I hope this information helps. Good luck to you!
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  • The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review hearing denial because i wasnt disabled.

    The adimstraive law judge told me during my Office of Disability Adjudication and Review hearing I filed a 2. Clam I needed to file a title 16 clam and the problem is I wasnt disabiltes in 2008 I became disabled in 2014. In which case title 16 f...

    Clifford’s Answer

    You may contact your local city, county or state bar association to see if they have a lawyer referral program, or you may contact your local legal aid office if you cannot afford an attorney.

    In addition, you can find a Board certified specialist in Social Security by contacting the National Board of Trial Advocacy. They evaluate lawyers (independently) in many types of claims and require extensive experience and testing before a lawyer is certified. They have a section specifically for Social Security.

    Their link is: http://www.nbtalawyers.org/find-an-attorney

    You may also contact the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) for the name and email address or telephone number of attorneys in your area. The telephone number for the lawyer referral service of NOSSCR is 1-800-431-2804. NOSSCR's website is https://www.nosscr.org/helping-you/referral-service.

    Most attorneys who do any amount of Social Security work are members of NOSSCR and provide a free initial consultation. In any event, no attorney may charge a fee for work on a social security claim until it has been approved by Social Security. The fee limit is a maximum of 25% of past due or back due benefits you are owed, and many lawyers charge less than the full 25%, and the money is not paid until your claim has been approved.

    I hope this information helps. Good luck to you!
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  • How do i find an atty in my area to handle my disability appeal with social security

    ive been recieving ssi for 5 years, the atty that helped me win benefits no longer handles ss cases. my benefits are being denied now and i need an atty for the appeal process.

    Clifford’s Answer

    I will add just this: You may contact your local city, county or state bar association to see if they have a lawyer referral program, or you may contact your local legal aid office if you cannot afford an attorney.

    In addition, you can find a Board certified specialist in Social Security by contacting the National Board of Trial Advocacy. They evaluate lawyers (independently) in many types of claims and require extensive experience and testing before a lawyer is certified. They have a section specifically for Social Security.

    Their link is: http://www.nbtalawyers.org/find-an-attorney

    You may also contact the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) for the name and email address or telephone number of attorneys in your area. The telephone number for the lawyer referral service of NOSSCR is 1-800-431-2804. NOSSCR's website is https://www.nosscr.org/helping-you/referral-service.

    Most attorneys who do any amount of Social Security work are members of NOSSCR and provide a free initial consultation. In any event, no attorney may charge a fee for work on a social security claim until it has been approved by Social Security. The fee limit is a maximum of 25% of past due or back due benefits you are owed, and many lawyers charge less than the full 25%, and the money is not paid until your claim has been approved.

    I hope this information helps. Good luck to you!
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  • Does social security disability award both SSDI and SSI to one person?

    Receiving $821 mo and was denied supplemental security insurance SSI because said its more than the $733 mo SSI awards a disabled person. SSI is not based on work credits to qualify. My SSDI is not covering my monthly expenses now, well below the ...

    Clifford’s Answer

    Your SSDI rate alone is too high to get SSI, regardless of whether you own property. So, I am afraid you are not eligible for SSI.

    I hope that helps. Best of luck to you!!!

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  • Do I have to wait until I am 50 to file for survivor's benefit off of my deceased ex-husbands' record?

    I am wondering if I have to wait until I am 50 years-of-age to file for survivors benefits off of my ex-husband's record who recently passed away. I was married to him for 15 years. I am disabled myself and I am receiving SSI currently. We have a ...

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    You are not eligible for benefits based on your ex-husband's account until age 50 if you are disabled or age 60 for retirement. You will have to wait until shortly before age 50 to apply for disabled widow's benefits and then SSA will pay you what ever benefits pays you the most.

    You mat wish to talk to a local attorney for more specific information, including the need to keep getting regular medical care. You may contact your local city, county or state bar association to see if they have a lawyer referral program, or you may contact your local legal aid office if you cannot afford an attorney.

    In addition, you can find a Board certified specialist in Social Security by contacting the National Board of Trial Advocacy. They evaluate lawyers (independently) in many types of claims and require extensive experience and testing before a lawyer is certified. They have a section specifically for Social Security.

    Their link is: http://www.nbtalawyers.org/find-an-attorney

    You may also contact the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) for the name and email address or telephone number of attorneys in your area. The telephone number for the lawyer referral service of NOSSCR is 1-800-431-2804. NOSSCR's website is https://www.nosscr.org/helping-you/referral-service.

    Most attorneys who do any amount of Social Security work are members of NOSSCR and provide a free initial consultation. In any event, no attorney may charge a fee for work on a social security claim until it has been approved by Social Security. The fee limit is a maximum of 25% of past due or back due benefits you are owed, and many lawyers charge less than the full 25%, and the money is not paid until your claim has been approved.

    I hope this information helps. Good luck to you!
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  • What are chances for winning at hearing level for having bipolar depressive anxiety disorder high blood pressure hep c stroke

    Has taken a year for hearing date

    Clifford’s Answer

    My colleague is quite correct. It would not be possible to answer this question without seeing all the medical evidence.

    I suggest you contact a local attorney to discuss your claim if you do not already have a representative. You may contact your local city, county or state bar association to see if they have a lawyer referral program, or you may contact your local legal aid office if you cannot afford an attorney.

    In addition, you can find a Board certified specialist in Social Security by contacting the National Board of Trial Advocacy. They evaluate lawyers (independently) in many types of claims and require extensive experience and testing before a lawyer is certified. They have a section specifically for Social Security.

    Their link is: http://www.nbtalawyers.org/find-an-attorney

    You may also contact the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) for the name and email address or telephone number of attorneys in your area. The telephone number for the lawyer referral service of NOSSCR is 1-800-431-2804. NOSSCR's website is https://www.nosscr.org/helping-you/referral-service.

    Most attorneys who do any amount of Social Security work are members of NOSSCR and provide a free initial consultation. In any event, no attorney may charge a fee for work on a social security claim until it has been approved by Social Security. The fee limit is a maximum of 25% of past due or back due benefits you are owed, and many lawyers charge less than the full 25%, and the money is not paid until your claim has been approved.

    I hope this information helps. Good luck to you!
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  • Do I have to see a therapist regularly for bipolar disorder if I have Social Security Disability Insurance benefit?

    Continuing Disability Review is coming up but I currently don't see any therapist for treating my mental illness. I personally don't see talk therapy effective in treating my bipolar disorder. I find it stressful rather than it being therapeutic. ...

    Clifford’s Answer

    Regular medical care is usually necessary. SSA is supposed to give special treatment to a treating doctor - a psychiatrist or psychologist. Certainly the opinion of a therapist could strengthen your case too, especially if you only see the doctor every 4 to 6 months.

    I also agree that you should talk to a local attorney about this. You may contact your local city, county or state bar association to see if they have a lawyer referral program, or you may contact your local legal aid office if you cannot afford an attorney.

    In addition, you can find a Board certified specialist in Social Security by contacting the National Board of Trial Advocacy. They evaluate lawyers (independently) in many types of claims and require extensive experience and testing before a lawyer is certified. They have a section specifically for Social Security.

    Their link is: http://www.nbtalawyers.org/find-an-attorney

    You may also contact the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) for the name and email address or telephone number of attorneys in your area. The telephone number for the lawyer referral service of NOSSCR is 1-800-431-2804. NOSSCR's website is https://www.nosscr.org/helping-you/referral-service.

    Most attorneys who do any amount of Social Security work are members of NOSSCR and provide a free initial consultation. In any event, no attorney may charge a fee for work on a social security claim until it has been approved by Social Security. The fee limit is a maximum of 25% of past due or back due benefits you are owed, and many lawyers charge less than the full 25%, and the money is not paid until your claim has been approved.

    I hope this information helps. Good luck to you!
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  • Who's not afraid to go after Social Security for their corruptness, inability to follow their own rules, and tragic mistakes?

    My situation is extremely extensive and i have already done my best to explain it on this website but lawyers aren't getting even half of the story. Social Security Administration is highly accountable and highly responsible for this situation, an...

    Clifford’s Answer

    I believe my colleagues have given good responses. I will add this: You may contact your local city, county or state bar association to see if they have a lawyer referral program, or you may contact your local legal aid office if you cannot afford an attorney.

    In addition, you can find a Board certified specialist in Social Security by contacting the National Board of Trial Advocacy. They evaluate lawyers (independently) in many types of claims and require extensive experience and testing before a lawyer is certified. They have a section specifically for Social Security.

    Their link is: http://www.nbtalawyers.org/find-an-attorney

    You may also contact the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) for the name and email address or telephone number of attorneys in your area. The telephone number for the lawyer referral service of NOSSCR is 1-800-431-2804. NOSSCR's website is https://www.nosscr.org/helping-you/referral-service.

    I hope this information helps. Good luck to you!
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  • What happens to my ssi if I move in with a roommate?

    I currently live in HUD housing & my landlord bases rent on .. SSI Child support & cash assistant of 490$ monthly ( I don't & haven't received in 3 yrs) According to my landlord, because it's a 3 sanction it's life rule by department of h...

    Clifford’s Answer

    If you keep receipts to show you are paying your share of the rent, utilities, food, etc, then I believe you will keep your SSI benefits. But, if you are moving in and your roommate is paying that part of the expense for you, then Social Security will consider that as in kind support and will reduce your benefits by 1/3.

    I agree that you should first talk to SSA about this and verify what will happen. GET SOMETHING IN WRITING TO PROTECT YOU LATER ON!!!

    Best of luck to you!!

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  • Can I get ssi/ssdi if I'm currently working, but am low income

    I suffered a major heart attack 2 years ago in which I have a implanted defibrillator also a stent. I have been diagnosed with ptsd, depression and anxiety. I maintain my job due to the need for health insurance as I take 8 different medications a...

    Clifford’s Answer

    You need to talk to a local attorney. While my colleagues are correct that you can earn up to $1130 according to the regulations, in actuality earnings that get reported to the IRS over $700 a month prompts a notice from the IRS to SSA and then SSA starts a work activity investigation. With the current emphasis in SSA on looking for fraud, it is best to know up front what you are trying to do.

    Best of luck to you!

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