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Social Security Survivors Benefits

Social Security Survivors Benefits When an individual who is insured under the Social Security system dies, certain survivors are entitled to receive benefits. These are called Social Security Survivors Benefits. In order for this benefits program to apply, the deceased must have earned enough Social Security credits. You can earn up to four credits each year. For example, in 2019 you earn one credit for each $1,360 of earnings. When you have earned $5,440, you have earned your four credits for the year. The number of credits needed to provide Social Security Survivors Benefits depends on your age when you die. No one needs more than 40 credits (10 years of work) to be eligible. However, the younger a person is, [...]

August 28th, 2019|

Disability Appeals – the Process is Broken.

The procedure for Social Security disability appeals is broken at all levels of the appellate process.  Be prepared for a frustrating experience. The 1st Disability Appeal. If your disability claim is denied, you can appeal to the Disability Determination Services known as DDS. 1. 20% of my clients have been obviously disabled at the time I first met with them. In 34 years I have never lost one of these very strong cases. Yet, DDS denied 100% of these cases. 2. I have had a few cases in which it is simple to determine the individual is disabled. In these cases I presented to DDS all the necessary medical documentation and legal analysis to prove disability. DDS denied 100% of these [...]

June 13th, 2019|

Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Raleigh, NC

Data on the Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Social Security Administration Office of Hearing Operations (OHO). The 2nd appeal in a disability case is a Request for Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (referred to as an ALJ). The Hearing may be in person or via a video conference. One of the most common questions I am asked is - what are my chances of winning? The Disability Judge that hears the case is certainly an important factor. To find out the approval rates for all disability judges in Raleigh, North Carolina, click on the link below. Data on the Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Raleigh, North Carolina. If your disability claim was denied [...]

July 19th, 2019|

Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Greensboro, NC

Data on the Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Social Security Administration Office of Hearing Operations (OHO) . The 2nd appeal in a disability case is a Request for Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (referred to as an ALJ). The Hearing may be in person or via a video conference. One of the most common questions I am asked is - what are my chances of winning? The Disability Judge that hears the case is certainly an important factor. To find out the approval rates for disability judges in Greensboro, North Carolina, click on the link below. Data on Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Greensboro, North Carolina If your disability claim was denied and [...]

July 19th, 2019|

Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Charlotte, NC

Data on the Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Social Security Administration Office of Hearing Operations (OHO). The 2nd appeal in a disability case is a Request for Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (referred to as an ALJ). The Hearing may be in person or via a video conference. One of the most common questions I am asked is - what are my chances of winning? The Disability Judge that hears the case is certainly an important factor. To find out the approval rates for disability judges in Charlotte, North Carolina, click on the link below. Data on the Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Charlotte, NC If your disability claim was denied and you [...]

August 1st, 2019|

Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Fayetteville, NC.

Data on the Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Fayetteville, North Carolina at the Social Security Administration Office of Hearing Operations (OHO). The 2nd appeal in a disability case is a Request for Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (referred to as an ALJ). The Hearing may be in person or via a video conference. One of the most common questions I am asked is - what are my chances of winning? The Disability Judge that hears the case is certainly an important factor. To find out the approval rates for all disability judges in Fayetteville, North Carolina, click on the link below. Data on the Approval Rates for Disability Judges in Fayetteville, NC OHO. If your disability claim was denied [...]

July 22nd, 2019|

Attorney Wellness and the Practice of Law.

Attorney Wellness and the Practice of Law. Recently I spoke at a seminar sponsored by the Disability Advocacy Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice on the topic of attorney wellness and the practice of law. All attorneys know practicing law is a high stress profession. Nonetheless, when I made a list for this seminar of the kinds of stress I experience on a regular basis, the size of the list surprised me. Examples of Stress. Here is a condensed version of the List. * operating a business and managing employees. * the constant need for new cases and generating revenue. * being a skilled advocate with expertise in the relevant law. * having multiple cases heard in a short [...]

July 25th, 2019|

Pancreatitis and Social Security disability

Pancreatitis is a disorder involving the pancreas that causes severe, debilitating abdominal pain. It is impossible to work while one is stricken with acute pancreatitis. This article discusses how a person with pancreatitis can obtain Social Security disability benefits. […]

August 27th, 2019|

Can I work while I am waiting for a decision in my disability case?

The process of getting Social Security disability benefits is very slow. It often takes two to three years before disability benefits are awarded. While the appeal is under review, most of my clients are experiencing a financial crisis. It is a major struggle to pay for life necessities such as food, rent, electricity, heat, doctor bills and medications. I am often asked - can I work while I am waiting for a decision? This question is understandable, and very reasonable. People need some means to survive while their case is slowly winding its way through the appeal process. I respond to this question as follows: First, if you work and average earning more than $1,260 per month (in 2020), you are [...]

April 28th, 2020|

How to create an online Social Security Account.

A handy tool SSA now provides is an online "My Social Security account". With this account, you can immediately view, download, or print your Social Security Statement. Your SSA Statement contains the most up-to-date information about your earnings and benefits, including disability and retirement benefits. When you create a my Social Security account, you will no longer receive a paper Social Security Statement in the mail. You will, however, receive an email reminder  approximately three months before your birthday, to remind you to review your Statement online. To create an online account, follow these steps. 1. Go to https://secure.ssa.gov/RIL/SiView.action 2. Click on ➔ Create an account ➔ Next (Answer questions - name, SSN, DOB, address, phone ➔ Next (Create username and [...]

October 22nd, 2018|

2018 Supplemental Security Income (SSI ) Regulations.

In order to be eligible for SSI disability benefits, an individual must meet Resource and Income limits set by the Social Security Administration (SSA). If the limits are not met, the individual can NOT receive benefits even if he or she is disabled. A summary of the regulations is set forth below. For 2018 the monthly SSI benefit is $750 for an individual and $1,125 for a couple. SI 00810.001. Who is eligible? (B)(1) An individual is eligible for SSI benefits if the person: • is disabled, is blind or is 65 or older; and • meets the income and resource limits. INCOME REQUIREMENTS Rule 1. In 2018, you can NOT earn more than $1,180 per month. If you earn more [...]

October 5th, 2018|