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I’m going to inherit money, will that affect my Social Security Disability benefits?

The answer to this question will depend on the type of Social Security disability benefits you’re applying for (or receiving).  If you are applying for or receiving Disability Insured benefits (Title II), than inheriting money will not effect your eligibility.  You are eligible for these benefits by earning quarters of…

Court Ruling Restores Benefits to Those with Certain Arrest Warrants – US Politics Today

Court Ruling Restores Benefits to Those with Certain Arrest Warrants – US Politics Today. This can make getting benefits easier  for those who’s violations involve a failure to pay court costs, child support etc.

Common Social Security Disability Terms

ALJ – Administrative Law judge.  This is the person who will be making the decision about your disability at the hearing level.  The Judge runs the hearing, will ask you questions, and will ask questions of any experts present. DDS – Disability Determination Services.  This is the agency, usually a…

Grid rules – What are they?

Grid rules are the framework that Social Security looks to based on certain factors to say whether you are disabled.  They come into play at step 5 of the sequential framework, after it is determined that you cannot do your past relevant work of the last 15 years. The grid…

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Social Security Case Rulings week of March 29, 2012

6th Circuit DRAGON v. COMMISSONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. Filed: March 26, 2012. REVERSED AND BENEFITS AWARDED A judge cannot reject an IQ test as being too old when there is no evidence that indicates the test was invalid, nor do the test results…

Social Security to start eAuthorization of 827’s

Letter from the Commissioner regarding eAuthorization. Starting April 21, 2012 SSA will begin allowing disability applications to electronically sign 827’s authorization for release of medical records.  This change will apply to all applicants filing online and will mean less pages to print & return to SSA after filing your application….

Social Security Case Rulings week of March 16, 2012

6th Circuit DORAN v. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. March 13, 2012. Affirmed an ALJ may rely on a Vocational Experts own experience as testimony in determining the number of jobs available for DOT positions with mixed skill or exertional levels (job may be performed…

Social Security Disability News – Chairman Johnson Announces the Third in a Hearing Series on Securing the Future of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program

Insurance News – Chairman Johnson Announces the Third in a Hearing Series on Securing the Future of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program.   U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, today announced a hearing on how disability is…

How to survive until my Social Security benefits are approved: A Multi-Part Series – Pt 1 Medical Care

Almost every single client will at some point ask me how am I expected to get by until my benefits are approved? There is no easy answer, but there are resources that could help you prior to approval. over the course of the next few weeks I will touch on…