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What Are Social Security Work Credits?

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What are Social Security Work Credits? To determine who is eligible for various Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a system of credits that establish whether you can file for SSDI. Typically, the number of credits required in order to be eligible for benefits is 40. The maximum number of credits that can be […]

What You Should Know About a Social Security Video Hearing

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been one of the government agencies that have embraced technology. From online disability applications to video disability hearings, SSA has been successful in implementing a number of technology advances in order to assist claimants. With this in mind, SSA has video disability hearings where a hearing is conducted via […]

Why is There a Vocational Expert at A Social Security Disability Hearing?

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When attending a Social Security disability hearing, testimony from a vocational expert is typically taken at the end of the hearing. The Social Security Administration (SSA) hires vocational experts as independent contractors to testify about the classification of work you have performed in the past and to answer hypothetical questions from an Administrative Law Judge […]

What is a Social Security representative payee?

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When one is granted disability under the Social Security disability program, they might be in such condition that they will not be deemed able to manage the benefits on their own. If that is determined to be the case, then an appointment of a representative payee will be made. Prior to a representative payee being […]

How to Open an ABLE Account for a Disabled Child in Michigan

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The ABLE Act amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow eligible individuals with disabilities and their families to establish a tax-exempt savings account that allows disbursements of income tax-free funds for “qualified disability expenses”. People of any age who developed a qualifying disability before age 26 can open an ABLE account and contribute up to […]

WHAT IS MONTHLY WAGE REPORTING OBLIGATION WHEN GETTING SSI BENEFITS?

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People who have been approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability already know that the benefits are based on financial need. The resources a person has available will dictate what they receive in SSI benefits. To ensure that recipients are getting what they are supposed to get, it is necessary to take part in monthly […]

Things to Consider When attending a Social Security Consultative Exam

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The CE (consultative exam) is medical exam (either physical or mental) with a Social Security doctor. It is common that a CE is scheduled and it does not mean anything negative or positive in your case. These exams most often happen a few months after you first apply for disability. The opinions and records from […]

Can I keep my benefits if I move out of the United States?

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Generally speaking,  if you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits under your own work record, then you are able to receive your benefits for at least six months after moving outside the U.S., unless you move to a prohibited nation.  If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and leave the U.S., your benefits […]

Age and Social Security Disability/SSI

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One of the most important factors in evaluating your claim for Social Security Disability and/or SSI is your age. The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) philosophy is that at certain ages it becomes more difficult to adapt to new situations, demands, and circumstances. So, if you are age 49 or younger, SSA says you can perform […]

What NOT to do at Your Social Security Hearing

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Arguing your case. When testifying at your hearing, you simply need to relay the facts, give estimates of your limitations, detail your symptoms and describe your daily activities while using examples to illustrate your medical problems. Your disability attorney will argue your case on your behalf. Do not draw conclusions for the judge. Allow the judge to […]