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Filing For Disability Benefits

As a disability attorney here in Michigan for the last 23 years, I have been asked more times than I can count how one goes about filing for Social Security Disability and SSI benefits.  This blog will explain the SSD and SSI application process.

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COLA Increase for Social Security Benefit

Social Security applies a cost of living adjustment (COLA) yearly to SSI and SSD benefits as well as Social Security retirement benefits.  The COLA adjustment is tied to the rate of inflation and changes every year.

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The State of Social Security

Every year from 1982 until 2020, Social Security's cash reserves have increased. That means for all those years, Social Security brought in more cash than it paid out in benefits.  In that same time, Social Security's cash reserve went from $25 billion to almost $3 trillion.

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What Information Do I Need to File for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Whether you are looking to file for SSDIB or SSI benefits, the list of things you will need to complete a disability application are relatively similar. This blog will discuss what kind of information you need to file for SSD benefits or SSI benefits.

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How Do I File for Disability Benefits

People often call my office looking for a disability attorney and one of the first questions they ask is, "How do you file for Social Security Disability benefits?" In this blog, I will explain to you how to file for SSD benefits and/or SSI benefits and what information you will need to complete a disability application.

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The Social Security Disability Appeals Process

Did you file for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits and were denied? Unfortunately, this is a very common experience as most SSD claims and SSI claims are denied on the initial application. Actually, most Social Security claims are denied on the initial application and on the first appeal stage, Request for Reconsideration.

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Social Security and Economic Impact Payments

On March 25, 2021, the Commision of Social Security, Andrew Saul, issued an update regarding Social Security's processing of Economic Impact Payments under the American Rescue Plan Act, or ARP.

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What is an ABLE Account?

In December 2014, the ABLE Act was passed which allows certain people with disabilities the ability to create a tax-free savings and investment account while receiving SSI benefits or Medicaid. Both SSI and Medicaid have income and resource limits, which you can check out in my prior blog, that would preclude people from having savings over $2,000.00 for a single person or $3,000.00 for a married couple.

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How Can I Be Eligible for SSI but Not SSD?

I have had many clients ask me why they would be potentially eligible for SSI benefits but not for SSD benefits. The answer to these questions requires a quick look at the two separate Social Security Disability programs.

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What SSI Recipients Need to Know About Stimulus Checks

If you are receiving SSI benefits, then the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Act (or CARES), entitles you to a stimulus check.

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