Can you add Social Security disability benefits to your Social Security retirement benefits? What about if you are already disabled and are approaching retirement age. Will you still receive Social Security disability benefits?
I was recently asked if you can keep (or do you have to return) a Social Security check for the month someone dies. Take a moment to lock in what you think. Then, let’s take a look at the answer straight from Social Security: Continue reading Can you keep the Social Security check for the month someone dies?
We’ve previously talked about the Social Security Family Maximum, which limits the total amount of auxiliary benefits paid out on a disability case.
We have also discussed how a new child can reduce the auxiliary benefits for other children.
I was recently asked by a divorced dad if the auxiliary benefits paid out to others based on his disability reduce his benefits?
In addition to paying disability benefits for disabled individuals, Social Security also provides benefits for their minor children and also the spouse (if taking care of non-disabled children under 16 year old or a disabled child of any age).
Ok. How much can a spouse or child get in auxiliary Social Security benefits?
Even though you cannot receive Social Security benefits during incarceration, can you get disability if you are out of jail or prison and residing in a half-way house?
Under the Social Security regulations, the answer is “no.”
“I was transferred from prison to a halfway house that is under the control of my state’s Department of Corrections. Can I have my benefits started again since I am no longer in prison?”
No. Social Security will not pay benefits while you reside in any facility under the authority of your state’s Department of Corrections. Even though you are no longer in prison, you are still under the control and custody of your state’s Department of Corrections until you complete your court-ordered sentence and you are officially released, or until the Department of Corrections places you on parole.
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After you are released from jail or prison, will Social Security let you restart your benefits or will you have to start a new application?
The answer depends on the kind of benefits you received (Social Security Disability Insurance – SSDI, or Supplemental Security Income – SSI) and how long you were incarcerated in jail or prison.
Restarting SSI after incarceration: Continue reading Starting Social Security disability benefits after incarceration
Many people wonder what will happen after they are approved for Social Security disability benefits?
Will my benefits be stopped?
Will I continue to get Social Security disability benefits for the rest of my life?
Except for closed period cases, Social Security disability benefits normally can continue for an indefinite period of time. An individual may be able to receive benefit for the rest of his or her life.
Of course, this assumes that the impairments continue to be disabling (and any other non-medical requirements continue to be met).
Here is the catch: Continue reading Are Social Security disability benefits forever?
A quickie article answering a common question: can you garnish Social Security disability benefits for child support?
Title 2 Disability Insurance (aka SSDI or DIB) benefits can be garnished for child support.
However, Title 16 Supplemental Security Income (aka SSI) benefits cannot be garnished.
This is general information only and not legal advice. Contact a lawyer for advice on your specific circumstances.
I recently wrote about receiving both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or DIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Let’s look at the advantages of being on both benefits programs.
I recently wrote about the difference between Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
But, can you get both: SSI and SSDI?
Depending on your circumstances, yes.
The maximum you can receive on SSI is based on the annual Federal Benefit Rate (FBR). For 2014, the FBR is $721. That mean the most you can receive on SSI in $721 per month.
Disability Insurance Benefits are based on your payroll contribution to Social Security. The more you have paid into Social Security, the more in monthly benefits you may be entitled to.
The only way to get both SSDI and SSI is for your SSDI benefits to be less than the Federal Benefit Rate (FBR).
If that happens, and you qualify financially for SSI, you can also get Supplemental Security Income to pay up to the Federal Benefit rate.
I realize this may sound like a bunch of legalistic gobbledygook. So, here is a quick example:
Let’s say you only qualify for $500 per month in Social Security disability insurance benefits.
SSI may pay you an additional $221 to bring your total monthly benefits up to the Federal Benefit rate.
Extra credit point: Actually, you get an extra $20 because of an offset, bringing the maximum you can get up to $241.
However, if you get $800 from SSDI, you will probably get nothing from SSI, because you already are receiving more than the $721 Federal Benefit Rate in SSDI.