Americans who have a low income and minimal resources may be entitled to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Those who qualify for these benefits must be over the age of 65 and disabled or blind. In addition, children who are either blind or disabled may also be eligible for SSI benefits.
When it comes to government benefits, every citizen in the United States has the right to represent themselves in their pursuit of benefits. However, the law also states that those applying for these benefits may utilize legal representation for guidance and direction. At Gordon & Doner, our Supplemental Security Income lawyers work with clients to ensure that their needs are met to the best of our ability.
We offer free legal consultations and can help you file a claim or appeal your denial for SSI benefits.
SSI is generally available to those who lack the resources and income to adequately take care of themselves. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or fall into a certain category of “non-citizen,” such as a permanent resident or refugee admitted into the U.S.
In addition to those who fall short of the necessary income and resources, certain circumstances create an outlet for others to receive SSI. For instance, people who live in certain kinds of institutions, a publicly operated community residence, a public emergency shelter for the homeless, etc., may be entitled to these benefits.
Eligibility for Seniors
Those age 65 or older may be eligible for monthly benefits if your income and resources are limited to $2,000 per month or $3,000 per month for a couple.
Eligibility for Disabled Adults
Adults who have not held steady work, or work very little, may be entitled to benefits if they are not currently receiving Social Security Disability and have a low income and limited resources. An adult will be considered disabled if they are not able to perform any substantial gainful activity because of a disability that will last for at least 12 months or is expected to result in death.
Eligibility for Children
In order to be eligible for SSI, a child must have a physical or mental impairment that limits their functions and that is expected to last more than 12 months or result in death. A child is considered anyone under the age of 18, or 22 if they are a student, who is not married and earns less than $1,070 in income.
It is important to note that the income and resources of a family will be considered part of the child’s income.
If a child’s condition is expected to improve, he or she will be evaluated at the age of one and/or every three years thereafter.
If you have questions about eligibility for SSI benefits, contact a Supplemental Security Income lawyer at Gordon & Doner. We can review your claim to determine if you are entitled to file for benefits. If you have filed and believe you were unfairly denied benefits, contact us for help in appealing your denied claim.
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What is Considered Income and Resources?
Social Security takes into account wages, benefits such as Social Security cash from friends and relatives, and pensions as income.
In addition to income, resources are taken into account to determine eligibility. Resources refer to any kind of real estate, cash, bank accounts, stocks, and bonds that are currently under the applicant’s name. While resources cover a wide variety of qualifications, there are a few things that SSI does take into consideration.
The following is not counted in calculating SSI resources:
- Your home and the land the home is on
- Life insurance policies – face value must be less than $1,500
- Burial plots for yourself and immediate family members – $1,500 in personal burial funds, $1,500 in spousal burial funds
Using both resources and income, the Social Security Administration is able to determine the amount of funds to be distributed by the U.S. Treasury to the recipient. With this system, low income, disabled or blind children and elderly Florida residents can move forward with their lives.
In Florida, Supplemental Security Income is paid for and administered by the state. Many disabled individuals find comfort in knowing that a Supplemental Security Income lawyer is guiding them throughout this process.
With assistance from our Supplemental Security Income lawyers, applicants are placed in the best position to receive adequate monthly funds. If you would like your claim reviewed for free, contact us right away.
Applying for Supplemental Security Income
The application process for SSI causes many Americans undue stress and anxiety. In order to alleviate this worry, residents must seek legal representation to guide them throughout the process. With the help of a Supplemental Security Income lawyer, applicants greatly increase their chances of receiving the payments they and their families need.
While nothing is guaranteed, the following items are incredibly helpful in the application process:
- Birth certificate
- Social Security card and/or number
- Hospital and clinic information (names, telephone numbers, addresses)
- Bank or income information
- Payroll slips
- Insurance policies
- Burial fund documents
- U.S. citizenship proof and/or proof of qualified non-citizen status
Keeping track of these items will greatly increase the likelihood that funds will be distributed to you and your family. In addition to receiving SSI, special rules allow some individuals to continue working while receiving payments.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are getting ready to apply for SSI benefits or are prepared to appeal a claim, a Supplemental Security Income lawyer from Gordon & Doner is here to help. Our 200 years of combined experience will be put to work for you for free. We work on a contingency fee basis and you do not pay us unless we obtain benefits on your behalf.
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