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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Massachusetts on
Q: ive been in the united states for 12 years ive done every level of education here is there any way that i can get a SSN

I've done elementary middle school and highschool here in Massachusetts it just doesn't feel right that i still don't have my social security number

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Jan 26, 2022

If you are a U.S. citizen, you can apply and get a Social Security number. For a foreign born U.S. citizen, Social Security will accept certain documents as proof of U.S. citizenship when you apply for a Social Security number, including:

- U.S. passport;

- Certificate of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Social Security for California on
Q: My Service dog in training was denied access to a clinic that I was going to for my social security evaluation.

receptionist stated that service dog is only for the blind and deaf. What can I do?

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Jan 23, 2022

A dog who is a trained service animal is permitted access under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Examples of service animal work include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Social Security for Oregon on
Q: I applied for disability and was denied. What should I do in my appeal to get a better chance of being approved?

I have a congenital heart condition which has required 2 surgeries already, a malformed hand from a birth defect, a knee which the doctor says will need surgery to fix and rebuild (I walk with a cane), and several diagnosed mental health conditions. As far as I can tell, the disability board only... Read more »

Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
Elizabeth Fowler Lunn answered on Jan 19, 2022

The majority of people are denied at the first two stages of the process so don’t let that discourage you. When you file the appeal make sure you give detailed information about all of your medical conditions and list all of your treatment providers. While a note from your doctor saying you are... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Social Security for South Carolina on
Q: Do I need to just stop being rep of payee if so how?

I am currently rep of payee of my 64 year old mother's disability. Now she will not let me in her home & will barely speak to me because of diff of opinions. Should I stop being rep for my legal responsibility or how responsible for her am I?

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Jan 7, 2022

As a representative payee of your mother's Social Security disability, you have a lot of responsibility. You are responsible for managing your mother's benefit payments in a way that is in her best interests. You must follow Social Security law and use her disability payments for your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Missouri on
Q: How can I get my money from my SSA attorney that owes the overage from the SSA amount held back to pay them?

I have an SSDI case that was won and the SSA held out a percentage of the back pay to cover attorney fees. The amount that was held over supersedes the maximum amount they are able to take out. I've been waiting over a year for the overage and the attorney continues to tell me the SSA has not... Read more »

Maria Elena Bermudez
Maria Elena Bermudez answered on Jan 4, 2022

Many times Social Security is waiting for something specific and just hasn't received it. A year is a very long long time for you to be waiting so you'll want to find out directly from SSA what they need.

Your best bet in this situation is to contact Social Security directly....
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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Ohio on
Q: Can I get SSDI if my Narcolepsy is bad enough? I fall asleep standing, driving, sitting, doing anything.

I already take stimulants prescribed by my doctor but he says I'm at the highest dose and I still fall asleep. I am very high risk at my job for injury and can barely even meet quota anymore because I'm just so tired. I even fall asleep while working on my feet.

Maria Elena Bermudez
Maria Elena Bermudez answered on Jan 4, 2022

Yes, you can get SSD if your narcolepsy is severe and prevents you from performing work functions. It's great that you are treating with a doctor and hopefully they are documenting the problems you are having with work. This will help your claim. Here's some info from SSA's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Pennsylvania on
Q: The Appeals Council started reviewing the decision issued by the ALj. Why are they reviewing the ALJ decision ?

I never asked for an appeal . Is it protocol for the Appeals council to review the Judge decision . Does this mean it was denied for them to review out of the blue? Thank you

Thomas Carter O'Brien
Thomas Carter O'Brien answered on Dec 27, 2021

The Appeals Council can either review an ALJ decision because you requested the review, or they can review decisions of their own volition. In their review, the most common outcomes are to either agree with the ALJ decision, or they can remand the decision back to the ALJ for them to fix any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for New York on
Q: How do we get our grandmother’s social security benefits back?

My grandma suddenly lost her social security benefits. We called SSA and we have general POA. They said they can’t speak to us or explain what happened. They need to speak to my grandma. She doesn’t speak English and she has Alzheimer’s. They said they don’t accept POA and can’t speak to... Read more »

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Dec 23, 2021

How do you help your grandma with her Social Security issues since Social Security will not accept a Power of Attorney (POA)? Below are a options that you could do:

1. Request a telephone appointment with a Social Security representative and ask that they have an interpreter present (Social...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Social Security for Michigan on
Q: Can you get a background check without a SS #?

I want my church to do the background check but I don’t want to give them my Social Security number. Can they do a background check without me giving them my SS #?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 23, 2021

Depends on what type of background check they want to do. You may, of course, decline to give your SS#; the church may then elect not to do the background check or offer you the position you are seeking.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Social Security for Louisiana on
Q: If I’m a long term care giver of spouse an married 31 yrs, plus not on bank acct can he put me on the streets?

He is trying to push me out the door with no where to go. My immediate family has all past away so I can’t borrow money for a place to stay.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 17, 2021

You are probably co-owner of the house. Call Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for California on
Q: If a spouse is the payee for Social Security disability can they use those funds to pay off personal debt, fines,etc?

My ex husband was the payee for my social security disability as well as additional benefits for our child. When we divorced I discovered he had spent $25,000.00 in back pay for personal debts, gave his mom $7,000 he owed in back rent from when I was not living with him plus jewelry and other gifts... Read more »

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Dec 12, 2021

Social Security law and regulations require a representative payee to use the Social Security payments they receive on the beneficiary's behalf for essential needs of the beneficiary.

Examples of benefits being properly disbursed are payments for food, housing, utilities, medical or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Michigan on
Q: Are social security cases hard to win?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 7, 2021

Like any case: yes, without sufficient favorable facts.

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Kentucky on
Q: How hard is it to get my SSI we're I have bipolar depression and anxiety and PTSD and a 8th grade education
Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Nov 30, 2021

Being approved for SSI can be difficult, so it would be a good idea to consult with a disability attorney before your file your SSI claim. Most disability attorneys offer a free initial consultation. You can hire a disability attorney on a contingency fee basis, which means that the attorney will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Social Security for Minnesota on
Q: My social security disability has gone to the federal courts and no one will take my case!

My social security disability has gone to the federal courts and no one will take my case! can I sue for discrimination? I feel I have been discriminated all along and my journals re disregarded. Would you take my case??

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 25, 2021

This is something that a social security disability attorney would probably understand best, but your post remains open for five weeks. It could be difficult for an attorney to offer to handle your case in response to your question - this forum does not operate like an attorney referral service... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Social Security for North Carolina on
Q: Do I need a lawyer first to represent me in filing for disability?
David Gantt
David Gantt answered on Nov 23, 2021

Yes. Social Security (SS) law is very complicated and hard to understand, even with a law degree. Most people assume that the treating physician's opinion about your ability to work is sufficient. The law actually requires a more detailed and thoughtful analysis of your doctor's... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Social Security for Georgia on
Q: Hi, my birth certificate and my social security have two different last names (one is my moms and the other is my dads

I can’t get a state ID or my drivers permit because they say they can’t prove I’m the same person .. the courts don’t seem to know where I can get the forms to fix this I was hoping you knew where I could get the forms to fix my last name in Georgia please and thankyou

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Nov 21, 2021

Use your certified U.S. birth certificate to apply for a corrected Social Security card. Complete form SS-5 - https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf. You may need additional documents to prove your identity. See https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ss5doc.htm. Make sure you use the name that is on your birth... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Intellectual Property and Social Security on
Q: How can I report incidents that were from long time ago?

ABC

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 18, 2021

A California attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. If you're talking about reporting incidents, that could simply be a matter of contacting the right agency. Your question covers a few different categories, and in some of them, it isn't clear if you might... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and Social Security for Minnesota on
Q: I am trying to find someone who will represent me in a Social Security disability claim which is Federal case.

I need someone to represent me in a federal case for social security. If you can help me

Thank You for your help.

Hello, I am looking for someone to represent me in a civil case for social Security Disability. I live in Lakeville MN 55044.

My case cannot be started over... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 9, 2021

A Minnesota attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. It could be difficult for an attorney here to reach out to you - the format on this forum is basically quick general questions, not attorney referrals. One option is search online for social security disability... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Texas on
Q: I need a lawyer to retype petition

I’ve submitted a petition to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals but they want it wrote in different format, HELP

They gave Social Security to a White individual and not me and that’s discrimination,

The windfall law was removed in 1983, the Railroad Retirement Board gives... Read more »

Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
Elizabeth Fowler Lunn answered on Oct 30, 2021

You are not going to find a lawyer who will just reformat your pleadings. I also do not think you need a lawyer who handles Social Security cases.

From your question I think you are suing Social Security for discrimination. If so, you need to find and hire a lawyer who handles federal...
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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Identity Theft and Social Security for Florida on
Q: Due to a mistake not of my making my DOB is inaccurate by 1 year. I am a 15yr US Navy Vet. Conflicting DOB exists.

I currently hold no valid ID for the State of Florida because of this discrepancy. I am 63yrs old and just diagnosed with prostate cancer, scheduled for surgery on 12 Oct.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 16, 2021

This is not my area of practice, but your question remains open for two weeks and it frustrates me that a veteran might have their benefits held up due to administrative discrepancies in personal information. Here is an address link to a page in the SSA website -... Read more »

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