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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Social Security for Texas on
Q: Is it required of teachers to fill out a SSA Teacher Questionnaire for a former student who has graduated and seeking

SSI disability? Is this a federal requirement? Are there consequences for a teacher who doesn't answer.

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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Mar 22, 2021

No, it is not mandatory that a teacher complete a Teacher Questionnaire. However, please consider completing either the questionnaire or a letter to describe your former student's functioning because the information you provide is an important part of the disability assessment. For more... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Washington on
Q: i am unable to produce a birth certificate or name change records for the social security admin. what do I do

i changed my name nearly 50 years ago and now need to sign up for medicare

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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Mar 12, 2021

If you are already receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits, Social Security will automatically enroll you in Medicare Parts A and B, so you don’t need to complete an application.

Otherwise, apply for Medicare online through your my Social Security account. Social...
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2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) and Social Security for Florida on
Q: I’m 20 years old and I’m dad refuses to give me my ssn.

He told me he was it and the only way I would be able to get it is by changing my address on my driver’s license.

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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Mar 9, 2021

You can request a replacement Social Security Number (SSN) card online from Social Security. Just create your personal my Social Security account and request the replacement card. See https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/replacement-card.html.

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2 Answers | Asked in Social Security for Florida on
Q: How do I obtain my sons social security number?

My ex wife has his social security number but will not give it to me.

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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Feb 25, 2021

Look on your previous tax return. If you had included your child as a dependent. his Social Security number will be on the tax return.

Otherwise, you may need to obtain a replacement Social Security card by filing form SS-5 with Social Security - see https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf. You...
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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Ohio on
Q: Somebody use my social to commit a crime don't I have a right to this info

I got pulled over they ran my plates and they were flagged they said somebody use my social to commit a crime but would not give me any more info since they used my social don't I have a right to know the act or the person who used my social

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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Feb 10, 2021

Since you suspect someone is using your Social Security number and may be committing identity fraud, you should immediately report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) at their website IdentityTheft.gov. Social Security also recommends that you review earnings posted to your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Illinois on
Q: I'm owed back pay in child support for my now autistic adult son. Will this interfere with him collecting ssi?

Father was underpaying me while my son was in high school and the transition house. He aged out last year. We have been in court for 5 years trying to collect the right amount of support. We go back to court to finalize underpayment and my son was approved for ssi. However, because the monies was... Read more »

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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Feb 9, 2021

Social Security counter child support as unearned income for purposes of calculating the child's SSI benefits. However, Social Security does not always count the entire child support payment as unearned income. If a child support recipient is younger than 18 (or 22, if she is still in school),... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Georgia on
Q: SS Adm. will not provide benefit (65 yrs) without proof that I completed my incarceration. What do I do?

I completed the sentence a year ago. I can't get anyone in the judicial system to provide documentation (origin copy) that I am not in a detention center. I am 65 years old and need the benefit. I don't know what to do.

I have asked prison representatives for the information... Read more »

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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Feb 8, 2021

You can provide Social Security a copy of your prison release documents as proof you completed your incarceration. If you do not have the documents, contact the prison's representative to request the documents.

See https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10133.pdf.

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Wisconsin on
Q: I was receiving SSI. I received an inheritance which put me over the SSI resource limit so they stopped sending me SSI.

After a few months I spent it and am below the resource limit. They want proof. Is sending them my bank statements for those months enough proof to get my SSI back?

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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Feb 4, 2021

Sending copies of your bank statements to Social Security may be enough to prove that you spend the funds that put you over the resource limit. However, Social Security may also ask for receipts of items or services that you purchased during spend down. You can also let them know about what... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Social Security for Virginia on
Q: Can legally they take your disability if you are Incarcerated but have yet to be sentenced or found guilty
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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Jan 31, 2021

Yes, Social Security generally does not pay Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients during confinement for a crime in jail, prison or certain other public institutions. See, https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10133.pdf.

For SSI benefits, the law states that you cannot...
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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Social Security for Texas on
Q: Hello, I applied for disability and now it has been 11 months and I haven’t heard anything back from the state.

Do I need a lawyer and how much will it cost?

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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Jan 28, 2021

Your 11 month wait for a disability decision from Social Security is about what I have been experiencing with my clients' cases since COVID. You can either call Social Security and ask about the status of your case or you can go to My Social Security and check for updates online.

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2 Answers | Asked in Social Security for Illinois on
Q: Do I qualify for social security

Hi I am a 44 year old woman who worked at Walmart 26 years hard labor. At the moment I have severe arthritis in my right hip pending hip replacement as well as arthritis in my left hip and both knees and thumbs. I have been off since last April due to my job not allowing me to work with... Read more »

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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Jan 20, 2021

The law defines disability under Social Security as the inability to do any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security, Tax Law and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: How would LLC income affect my Social Security benefit?

I am receiving Social Security retirement benefits. I have a rental property that nets about $4000.00 per year. If I put this property into an LLC (North Carolina), will I have to pay FICA? Will it affect the benefit I currently receive?

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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Jan 17, 2021

Once you reach full retirement age, there is no limit on how much you can earn and still receive your Social Security retirement benefits without any reduction.

If you began receiving Social Security retirement benefits before your full retirement age, Social Security will deduct $1 in...
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1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft, Public Benefits and Social Security for Rhode Island on
Q: My daughter's father died in Jan '20 the 1st stim. check still went to him and I never got it. How do I get the 2nd ch

He received the first stimulus check to his address I'm assuming his mother took it because I never got it. After he died Jan 2nd 2020 his father did his taxes and claimed my daughter so will my second stimulus check be sent there also? How do I make sure that it goes to the right place. Also... Read more »

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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Jan 5, 2021

The IRS handles the Economic Income Payments (stimulus checks). IRS will be issuing the second round of payments based on the information the IRS has on file for your 2019 tax return, the information provided by Non-Filers tool, payment information entered on the Get My Payment tool, or information... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for New York on
Q: My moms selling her house and iam getting a portion. Would this be considered earned income and do I have to report ssi

I live with my mom we will be selling our house. I will get a portion of the money Do I need to report this to ssi and will this be considered earned income?

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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Dec 28, 2020

Yes, the income you receive from the sale of your mom's house is considered to be unearned income and it must be reported to Social Security. Since SSI is a needs-based program, the more countable income you have the less your SSI check will be and when it is over the allowable limit, you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Social Security for Texas on
Q: I am 56 and lost my job of about 30 years because of a work injury that left me with a permanent weight restriction.

I am going to file for SSDI. Should I apply for unemployment so that I can have income while waiting to hear if I qualify for SSDI? I think I may qualify with a grid rule. I received Workman's Comp for 2 years.

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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Dec 24, 2020

Yes, you can apply and receive unemployment benefits while you apply for SSDI benefits. It is a practical approach. Be aware, however, that there is a contradiction in getting both benefits since unemployment requires you to be ABLE to work and actively look for work, and SSDI approval requires... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Social Security for California on
Q: Can u rec ssi and work less than 20 HRS a month .

Due to the epidemic I applied for the epidemic assistance by the EDD . I was like a taxie giving rides. The web site says u can do that . Is that true.

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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Dec 24, 2020

Yes, you can apply and receive unemployment and still receive Social Security disability payments. For SSI, unemployment benefits are considered to be unearned income and can be included as countable income. Generally, the more countable income you have, the less your SSI benefit will be. Be aware... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Social Security for Nebraska on
Q: Does Social Security Disability pay for an assisted living facility or a nursing home?

Eighty year old mother has been newly diagnosed with muscular distrophy. She is currently collecting social security in retirement (worked until age 75). Is she eligible for Social Security Disability and, if so, does Social Security Disability pay for an assisted living facility or a nursing... Read more »

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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Dec 9, 2020

No, your mother would not get Social Security disability (SSDI). SSDI is replaced by Social Security retirement due to age and she is already receiving those benefits. Social Security benefits do not pay for assisted living or a nursing home. You will need to explore what Medicare and Medicaid can... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Ohio on
Q: How do you fix a social security number issue with twins that some how got there number mixed up

One sister bought a car on the other sister social security number

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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Dec 1, 2020

Each one should take great care to keep her Social Security number confidential. It is part of her identity and bad things can happen if you Social Security number is being used illegally. That being said, it does occasionally happen that more than one person uses the same Social Security number,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security on
Q: What is the distinction between “Social insurance” and “Social assistance?”
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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Nov 28, 2020

There are several major U.S. programs of social insurance. The largest is the Federal Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance System, usually referred to as social security, which provides retirement benefits, survivors' benefits, and benefits to the permanently and totally disabled. The... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Social Security and Family Law for Indiana on
Q: If i where to get married, and then in the future need to go on disability (due to health) would i be able to get ssdi

My partner may also have to get on it but we want to get married. Neither of us are currently on it . We live in Indiana but may move to Michigan or Wisconsin

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Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Nov 15, 2020

Marriage does not affect SSDI. To be able to get SSDI, you would have to have worked long enough and recently enough to be fully insured. In most cases, you must have earned at least 20 credits during the last 10 years. You earn work credits and become insured for Social Security retirement, SSDI... Read more »

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