What’s the number one question people ask when hiring a lawyer?
What percentage of cases do you win?
What’s the number one wrong question to ask when you want to find a really, REALLY, good lawyer?
What percentage of cases do you win?
Want to know why this doesn’t get you the best lawyers? Read on: Continue reading The WRONG question to ask when hiring a lawyer
I previously wrote about when a child qualifies for survivor’s benefits. I was recently asked if adoption stops Social Security survivor’s benefits for a child.
If a child receives benefits from a deceased parent and is adopted by a step parent, can he still receive benefits from the deceased parent?
Continue reading Does adoption cut off survivor’s benefits for children?
My Colorado law office handled a number of Social Security disability benefits for children. Often parents have a 504 plan or an IEP (Individualized Education Program) from the school.
But is a 504 plan or IEP enough to win Social Security disability benefits for a child? If not, what else do you need? Continue reading Is a 504 plan or IEP enough to win Social Security children’s benefits
Social Security offices are cutting the number of hours they are open to the public by 30 minutes each day. This is part of a nationwide program reduction caused by budget cuts (including cuts to 1,600 jobs at Social Security nationwide). Continue reading Social Security offices cutting hours
Social Security has physicians review disability cases as medical consultant’s to make opinions on individual’s abilities and limitations.
However, what good is the medical consultant’s opinion if they don’t have expertise in with the disability in question.
Continue reading Social Security denied me disability benefits using a doctor of WHAT?
As if being disabled isn’t enough. You lost your earning power, your savings, your private health insurance. And in the two years it took to get Social Security to approve your disability case, you have go rack up massive credit card bills just to get by.
Now the collections agencies are calling and sending nasty letters.
What can you do? Can Social Security benefits be garnished by a creditor?
Continue reading Can creditors garnish Social Security benefits?
My friend, Maine disability lawyer, Gordon Gates, has put together a free e-book, 10 Steps To Prepare For Your Social Security Disability Hearing.
In it, you’ll learn:
- How Social Security reviews cases.
- What you can do while waiting for your hearing.
- How to expedite cases.
- The information you will need to have at your hearing.
Check it out! Download a copy here.
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?
So, do they? Continue reading Does Social Security family maximum reduce disability benefits?
When a parent receives Social Security disability benefits, specifically SSDI (not SSI), his or her minor children are often eligible for Social Security auxiliary benefits. The minor children are still potentially eligible for these benefits even if the parents are divorced, and even if the children live with the non-disabled parent.
So, how does adding another child will affect the amounts paid to the disabled parent’s children living in a separate household. Continue reading Effect of another child on Social Security auxiliary benefits
Preface: It should be noted that medical evidence (such as treatment records and opinions) are often the best evidence of how social anxiety disorder is disabling. However, by its very nature, social anxiety disorder can make treatment difficult if not impossible.
Every case is different so it is very difficult to make general statements about how to prove a case. At least, other than, “make sure SSA gets your medical records.” Personally, I recommend working with a lawyer to help figure out the best way to develop your case. However, here are some general tips for developing a Social Anxiety Disorder disability case.
This post discusses alternative methods of documenting a social anxiety disability case.
Enough lawyer-ball! Let’s get to the tips! Continue reading Documenting Social Anxiety for Social Security Disability