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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

SSD Claimants Routinely Wait Four Years for Benefits

How can I speed up the SSD claims process?

A New York resident recently reached out to the media to reveal his horrific experience in seeking Social Security Disability benefits. The Southtowns resident applied for SSD benefits four years ago. He suffers from a terminal illness that has left him disabled.
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Monday, March 26, 2018

Work Credits for SSDI

How many work credits do I need to receive SSDI benefits?

It is estimated that approximately 56.7 million people have a disability in the United States, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. For those with a serious disability, holding a job may become impossible, leaving them financially vulnerable.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Can A Disabled Person on SSDI Have An S-Corp or LLC?

One of the many concerns that clients seeking disability benefits have is what to do with their business interests. They are concerned that they will not qualify for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) if they have any significant income or assets. The good news is that you can qualify for SSDI if you have an S-Corp or LLC.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

SSD and Mental Illness

Can I receive Social Security Disability benefits for depression?

It is believed that one in five Americans suffer from some form of mental illness, according to reports by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Common mental illnesses include depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. While some Americans with mental illnesses can perform their day to day activities without issue, others with more serious conditions may find themselves unable to handle job and living tasks. At times, Americans with mental illnesses may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits.
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Monday, February 26, 2018

Do I qualify for Disability Insurance if I am Self-Employed?

I am Self-Employed in New York - Do I Qualify for Disability Insurance?

When you are self-employed, you have to take care of all the things an employer would handle for you. You set up your own retirement account and buy your health insurance. Do not forget to cover yourself with insurance in case you end up with a disability that keeps you from working.
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Monday, February 5, 2018

Can I be Fired While on Long Term Disability?

You have suffered a severe illness, disease, or injury that has caused you to be away from work on long-term disability (LTD). In addition to dealing with your ongoing health issues and the resulting changes to your life, you are probably stressed out over whether you may lose your job while you recover. If you have suspicions that this may happen, talk with a long-term disability insurance claims lawyer.
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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Preparing for the SSD Hearing

What will happen during the SSD hearing?

The fact is that over half of all SSD claims will initially be denied.  If your initial claim is denied, you have the right to file an appeal.  In New York and many other states, you may be able to appeal your application to an administrative law judge who will conduct a Social Security Disability (SSD) hearing.  It will often take over a year to get your hearing date.  You will want to ensure you come to the hearing armed with sufficient evidence to support your claim for disability benefits.
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits

Who is eligible for SSI benefits?

The Supplemental Security Income program or SSI is administered by the Social Security Administration.  It provides monthly benefits to disabled, blind, or elderly individuals that have few resources and a limited income.  For struggling individuals, SSI benefits can be lifesaving.
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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Wait times for Social Security benefit appeals leave people in limbo

The radio program Marketplace recently featured a story about the backlogs for Social Security Disability Insurance applicants that in some cases have gone on so long the applicant died before ever receiving benefits.  In fact, in 2016 alone about 7,400 people died waiting for their SSDI cases to be heard.  While this certainly doesn’t happen to everyone, it obviously happens far more often than it should.
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Exploring Social Security Spousal Benefits and Auxiliary Benefits

Can I still receive Social Security spousal benefits if I am divorced?

Spousal benefits allow a husband or wife to receive a portion of a spouse’s Social Security benefits, even if the spouse has never worked. Similarly, auxiliary benefits go to the spouse of a disabled individual receiving SSDI benefits. Spousal benefits can make a big difference in your life and finances, but it is important that you know all the facts so that you can receive the benefits you deserve.  The following is a look at some little known facts about Social Security spousal benefits..
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

5 Ways The Americans With Disabilities Act Can Help You

In 1990, Congress created an important tool for individuals living with disabilities.  The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, is a federal law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, and contains a variety of rights for those individuals to help ensure they have an equal opportunity to enjoy public life.  If you feel that you have been treated unfairly due to a disability, it may serve you well to discuss your situation with a discrimination matters lawyer.
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