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Many people dealing with bankruptcy rely on their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to live off of since they cannot work. It’s a common fear that those payments will be jeopardized if one were to file bankruptcy. Fortunately, in most cases your SSDI and SSI payments are protected in […]

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Are your Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits at Risk? As you are probably already aware, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) has become a very politicized government program throughout the past few years.  Last year, in October, the program faced a real crisis as SSDI beneficiaries were at risk of their benefits being cut by 20% by […]

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“The Treating Physician Rule” When our office first meets with a new client, one of the main questions we ask is: “Do you have doctor you have been seeing for a while? And what is your relationship like with that doctor?”  The reason this is such an important question is because Social Security has a […]

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If you have received a denial at both the initial and the reconsideration level, you will then appeal the decision to the hearing level. This is when you and your representative will have the opportunity to go before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in court. What many people don’t know is that once you reach […]

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Your Average Wait Time At Each Level of Your Case  People often ask us how long the Social Security Disability process takes, and they are often surprised by the answer.  From start to finish, the whole process can potentially take over two years; however, we’ve had some clients approved in four months and others in […]

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With the new year comes new rules and updates in Social Security Disability. When seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”), social security requires a minimum of 20 to 40 work credits, depending on the your age at which you became disabled. Each year a worker earns a maximum of 4 credits. In 2016, you had […]

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Once our clients have been approved for Social Security Benefits, the next process that they want some answers on is when they will start receiving their benefits, how payments will be disbursed, and how long it will take. Many people don’t realize this, but under law, those that have been awarded disability are not eligible […]

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What Will Be Asked When you take the initial steps to apply for disability benefits, it is important to know what types of questions you can expect during the Social Security Disability interview.  Since this can feel like an overwhelming situation, we hope this will help you feel prepared and ready to go for your […]

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What many people may not realize is that there are two types of people that examine a Social Security Disability claim.  A DDS examiner and an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) both have the power to approve or deny a Social Security Disability claim; however, each is responsible for examination of a claim at different levels […]

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A Key Factor in Your SSDI/SSI Claim You may hear the acronym RFC thrown around by Social Security Disability employees or attorneys and wonder what it means and why is it important. It is, in fact, a rather important document. RFC stands for Residual Functional Capacity. The RFC form considers the physical or mental disabilities […]

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It is common that more than one person in a household receives some sort of Social Security Benefits – disability, retirement, or survivor’s benefits.  What you may not be aware of is that there is a family maximum that can be received in Social Security benefits. While it’s not a very common concern for most […]

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One of the most common questions we get once our clients are approved for disability benefits is if their disability checks are taxable. For most people who are receiving benefits, the answer is no. Unlike SSDI which is based on the amount of Social Security taxes you paid during the years you worked as a W2 employee, SSI […]

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As all our client know, we find ourselves telling them that the average time span from the initial application to being awarded benefits is often two to two and half years.  It’s a long time!  Recently we’ve learned that the backlog of hearings that need to be scheduled has reached an all time high of […]

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A common question we hear from our clients is “Why is Social Security making me fill out this form again?”  When claimants fill out the initial application, it can be very extensive and time consuming to complete.  The application asks about work history, medical history, what doctors you have visited, and all your prescriptions.  Filling this out […]

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The country recently experienced a three day Government Shutdown which means the government has  a lapse in Federal funds to disburse. Following, the announcement of the shutdown, Michelle King, the Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Finance and Management set forth a contingency plan of the Social Security Administration (SSA) to continue activities during the lapse in […]

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As we approach tax season, one of the most common questions we hear at The Khaki Law Firm is “Now that I have been approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, are those benefits taxable?” For the majority (approximately 2/3) of those who are receiving SSDI benefits, the answer is no. Unlike Social Security retirement […]

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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are programs designed to provide financial assistance to those who are not able to work as a result of a disabling condition. Both programs define a disabled individual as someone who is not able to engage in “substantial gainful activity.” While SSDI benefits are provided […]

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People often have to wait a long time to hear if their Social Security Disability benefits application was approved or denied. Upon denial, which happens often, a person may have to wait over a year for their Social Security Disability hearing. All this waiting is frustrating, particularly if it only ends up with another denial. […]

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What to Expect at a Social Security Disability Hearing In Georgia, anyone who becomes severely injured or disabled and is unable to work may receive Social Security benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA), however, denies more applications than they approve. Claimants who are not approved right away are required to attend a Social Security disability […]

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If you were denied social security disability (SSD) benefits on your first attempt, you may want to appeal the decision in court. To ensure a speedy process, you should arrive at your hearing ready and prepared to defend your case. For help with compiling all the evidence and material you need, get in touch with […]

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