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?
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 When do Social Security disability benefits stop?
It can be very difficult to get by on the small amount of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays. Many individuals are forced to borrow money from friends or family just to make ends meet. But, how can this negatively affect SSI eligibility?
If you need to borrow money from family or friends, you may be able to do this without affecting SSI eligibility. According to Social Security regulations, a loan is not considered income: Continue reading Borrowed money and Supplemental Security Income SSI
This is a particularly tough question. I previously wrote about how earning more than the Substantial Gainful Activity amount may cause your benefits to be stopped in Social Security Disability Insurance cases.
WARNING: I do not pretend to be a understand SSI benefits calculations. I strongly encourage anyone reading this to check this information with Social Security. Also, any Social Security technicians are more than welcome correct any errors I may make here.
To figure out how much you can earn, I need to introduce the 20-65-1/2 rule. This rule helps us determine the “countable earned income.” Continue reading How much can I earn and keep my SSI?
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.
SSDI and SSI provide different medical benefits: Continue reading Getting Social Security Disability and SSI benefits at same time
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. Continue reading Can you get both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?