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ERISA and Long-Term Disability Benefits

February 19, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Elder Law and Social Security Disability, Employment Law   |   0 Comments

  As a benefit to their employees, many employers offer long-term disability benefits through carriers like UNUM or MetLife. What you may not know is that long-term disability benefits are routinely denied to deserving individuals who have counted on and paid for long-term disability insurance.   Long-term disability plans from private employers are often covered by the […]

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Children and Social Security Disability

October 03, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Elder Law and Social Security Disability   |   0 Comments

Can my child get Social Security Disability Payments? Yes, if your child is found disabled under Social Security’s rules and either: 1) Your child has a living parent who is receiving either Social Security Retirement Benefits or Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits, OR 2) Your child has a deceased parent. Can my child get Supplemental Security […]

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Social Security Ruling 11-1p and its Effect on Disability Claimants

October 18, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Elder Law and Social Security Disability   |   0 Comments

I stated in an earlier post that if denied at the ALJ Hearing level, you can appeal to the Appeals Council, file a new application, or do both. This information is now outdated. Recently, Social Security handed down a new ruling that says when appealing an ALJ decision to the Appeals Council, claimants cannot file […]

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Will Alternatives

October 13, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Elder Law and Social Security Disability   |   0 Comments

Many people seek to avoid using a will at all – to avoid the cost and time of probate, to avoid attorney costs, or maybe they just don’t like the legal system. Whatever the reason, there are alternatives to using a will. The following are a few alternative planning strategies: 1. Deeds This is one […]

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Automatic Social Security Disability Benefits

September 06, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Elder Law and Social Security Disability   |   0 Comments

There are a few ways adults may be found entitled to benefits automatically. 1. You meet a Listing. This is also called “meeting a Listing-level impairment.” This means that your condition meets or exceeds the listed severity of an impairment, which automatically entitles you to benefits. 2. You meet a Medical-Vocational Guideline (aka a “Grid […]

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Trust Basics

August 19, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Elder Law and Social Security Disability   |   0 Comments

What is a Trust? In legal terms, a trust is an entity created to hold assets to be managed for the benefit of someone else. The best way to think of a trust is like a box. A person takes assets and puts them into the “box” and they are kept in that box for […]

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Some Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability Benefits

August 12, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Elder Law and Social Security Disability   |   0 Comments

What happens when I reach retirement age? If you start receiving disability benefits at the age of 55, once you turn retirement age (65), then your benefits will continue. They will simply be called “retirement benefits” instead of “disability benefits.” Do disability benefits subtract from retirement benefits? Yes. You can pay money back to Social […]

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Social Security Disability – The Basics

August 01, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Elder Law and Social Security Disability   |   0 Comments

Many hardworking people find themselves in a position where they can no longer work because of their physical or mental impairments. The problem is that there is no money coming in the door to pay for trips to the doctor and other bills. What to do? Filing for Social Security Disability benefits is one option. Essentially, […]

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Will Basics

July 15, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Elder Law and Social Security Disability   |   0 Comments

What is a will? A will is a document that you create before your death that only comes into effect after your death. It disposes of your property the way that you want it to go. A will nominates a person  to distribute your property the way you want it distributed. This person is called […]

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