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Friday, June 26, 2020

Committed To Getting Disabled New Yorkers The Support They Deserve

The Seelig Law Group is dedicated to helping disabled individuals in the New York City area tap into the disability benefits they deserve. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become notably more difficult to secure the care and financial assistance our clients need, but we have not become discouraged. Instead, we have redoubled our efforts to seek justice, enforce laws that protect the most vulnerable, and Read more . . .

Monday, April 20, 2020

Tax Relief for Disabled First Responders

Engraved on the exterior of the IRS headquarters is this simple phrase: “Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.” Attributed to United States Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.; the quote is a reminder that the many benefits we enjoy as citizens of the United States come at a cost. We all give a portion of our income to the government so that we may drive on safe roads and bridges, send our kids to public school, take a walk in a park, and receive government benefits like


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Friday, April 17, 2020

Will I Get a Coronavirus Stimulus Check If I'm Collecting Disability Benefits?

The IRS is providing most adults in the United States with $1,200 stimulus payments, following Congress's passage of the CARES Act (the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act). This includes people who receive



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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Am I Eligible for NYSLRS Benefits?

One of the hallmarks of the American system of government is the division of power between cities, counties, states, and the feds. Divided sovereignty protects citizens from power being too concentrated in the hands of a few politicians, and allows for regional differences and quirks.

However, the responsibilities and tasks assigned to each level of government are sometimes mixed-up and overlapping. This can make it confusing when you are trying to figure out what level of government or government agent you are supposed to be dealing with when you need access to benefits or answers to a specific question. We see this often in the world of disability benefits.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

On Throwing Starfish: Helping Adults Disabled Before the Age of 22 Tap into the Benefits They Need

New York City’s Office for People with Disabilities estimates that around 1 million New Yorkers, or roughly 11.2% of the city’s population, live with a disability.
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Friday, October 26, 2018

Collecting Social Security Before the Age of 62

What circumstances might allow me to collect Social Security if I am under the age of 62?

The Social Security Act was first signed into law in 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Originally, the law was designed to offer retirement benefits to the primary worker in a household.  It was later expanded to provide for survivor’s benefits, benefits for a retiree’s spouse and children, and disability benefits.  Today, Social Security remains an essential lifeline for the vulnerable in America, namely the elderly or disabled and their family members.
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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, October 23, 2017

Dealing With a Sudden Disability

What can I do if a sudden injury prevents me from returning to work?

An accident or act of violence can change your life in an instant.  Survivors of a serious accident may struggle to cope with not just their physical injuries, but the financial constraints as well.  Major injuries often lead to a host of medical expenses and the inability to return to work.  While your health insurance will hopefully cover a large portion of your medical costs, not all employees have disability insurance to cover your losses stemming from the inability to work.
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Are My Disability Payments Taxable?

Losing the ability to work is a relatively common but disruptive fact of life, which is why disability insurance programs exist.  In fact, New York is one of the few states that requires most employers to offer short-term disability insurance to supplement the federal Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.  Certainly the payments are a welcome help when the checks arrive, but come April trying to figure out which payments are taxable can make your head hurt.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

What Illnesses/Injuries Are Covered By NY Disability Benefits Insurance?

New York employers are required to offer disability benefits coverage to employees injured out of the job. Employers can obtain this coverage for their employees through an insurance carrier approved by the state’s Worker’s Compensation Board or, if they are large employers, they can seek self-insurance authorization from the same Board.  Seeking disability benefits can often be an uphill battle that is best fought with the help of an experienced disability insurance lawyer.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Do I Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?

Social Security is a way for millions of Americans to get financial assistance if they are disabled. However, it is estimated that the Social Security Administration rejects about 57 percent of the applications received in New York.

If your application is rejected, there is an appeals process where you can plead your case to an administrative law judge, but this is not something you want to do alone.  The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a relatively clear standard to decide if someone is eligible for benefits, and has a step-by-step process that all applications go through. Having an experienced Read more . . .

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