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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Iowa on
Q: After applying for *but not having been approved or denied* SSI benefits, are you able to move states?

A friend is currently homeless and has applied for SSI benefits in Tennessee. They have not been approved or denied. They wish to move to Iowa where I live. Will they need to start a new application process, or can they just notify the Social Security Office of a change of address?

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Aug 30, 2022

Your friend can just update her address with Social Security when she moves at either the local Social Security field office or by calling the national Social Security number at 1-800-772-1213. Since Social Security is a Federal program, it will carry over when she moves to a new state. There is no... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Social Security for New York on
Q: Am I still able to apply for the previous year's stimulus check?

I applied for ssn on April 2021. i wasnt able to apply for stimulus on 2021 because of covid i never received my number? I was told by someone that i still can apply for the check. If so, am i supposed to file for last year's tax return as well?

thank you

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Aug 8, 2022

Most eligible people have already received all three of their Economic Impact Payments. However, you may still be able to file your 2020, 2021 taxes and claim a Recovery Rebate Credit. For more information, see https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments.

According to the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Social Security for Florida on
Q: I was born in Philadelphia ps in 2001 at home. I have 12 siblings that have an ssn but I do not.

I am wondering if there is anything else I can do. I applied many times already. And almost lost hope. I hope I can get help

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Jul 17, 2022

The best place to find out about the evidence requirements to obtain a Social Security number and card is at 20 CFR 422.107. See https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/cfr20/422/422-0107.htm. To obtain an original Social Security number card, you must submit convincing evidence of:

1. your age,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security and Public Benefits for California on
Q: SSDI application declined

I've had submitted an on-line application for SSDI, but it was declined because I "have not worked long enough under SS". Even though my SS statement says that I have 40 work credits necessary for benefits, they apparently looked only at the last 10 years of taxable income.... Read more »

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Jun 16, 2022

To be eligible for SSDI disability benefits, you must meet BOTH a recent work test and a duration work test. The number of credits necessary to meet the recent work test depends on your age. In general, the rules are as follows:

Before age 24 - You may qualify if you have 6 credits earned...
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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Florida on
Q: Is a SsA representative payee allowed to marry the beneficiary they represent or will it. Cause issues?
Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on May 22, 2022

There is no restriction about a beneficiary being married to the person who is their representative payee. In fact, Social Security prefers to appoint a responsible relative, friend, or other interested party to serve as a representative payee, then they consider others, such as an organization to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Indiana on
Q: If my wife receives SSDI and withdrawals from 401k will she lose her benefits

Do we need to report the withdrawal to SSDI

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on May 14, 2022

No, your wife would not lose her SSDI benefits if she withdraws from her 401k retirement. Since individual retirement plans have no effect on SSDI eligibility, your wife would not have to report 401k withdrawals to Social Security. She would report things such as her new address if she moves or a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Texas on
Q: I am 59 years old, I am 100% P&T disabled through the VA. I am needing to file for SSDI, should I hire someone to help.
Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Apr 27, 2022

Yes, it is usually better to hire an experienced disability attorney to help you with your SSDI claim because the administrative process can be complex. Social Security does not approve many cases at the initial level and many people have to appeal their claim. Data has shown that your chances of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Texas on
Q: I'm on dialysis and, I receive SSDI I'd like to start a small business is this possible?
Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Apr 20, 2022

Yes, you can do a some work and still get SSDI benefits. The Social Security encourages work activity and there are special program rules and work incentives that help you try to return to work while still receiving monthly disability payments. Impairment-related work expenses, items or services... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Can I legally be changed a pet fee for using my service animals for my disabilities?

I have resided in a hotel for over four months and about 3 wks into our stay I presented the registration to the mhr of the hotel. I had to wait for an approval to bring them with me. On Monday got the ok. So 3months and 3 wks later the mgr come to us stating I could not have them and I will have... Read more »

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Apr 15, 2022

No, you cannot be charged a pet fee or pet cleaning fee for using a service animal. You are correct that the only fee that can be charged is for any damage caused by the service animal. You cannot be asked to remove your service animal unless it is out of control or is not housebroken. A service... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security on
Q: My grandson just lost his fingers on both hands and I was trying to get him some help with Disability. Can you help him.
Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Mar 30, 2022

I am sorry to hear about your grandson's severe injury. Loss of fingers can be quite limiting and may result in meeting the definition of disability. For adults, Social Security law defines disability as the inability to do any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Social Security for Wisconsin on
Q: Can you file bankruptcy on a social security disability judgement for repayment?

Owing the Social Security Administration a certain amount money, can you file bankruptcy if you cannot afford to pay that amount back?

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Mar 29, 2022

Yes, you can file for bankruptcy and list your Social Security overpayment as a debt. Both Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy have an automatic stay from recovery of any debt that arose before filing the bankruptcy petition, so Social Security will have to stop collection.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security on
Q: How to find out your missing social security number.
Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Feb 22, 2022

A good place to find out our Social Security number is by checking your old documents. Look at copies of your old tax returns. The Internal Revenue Service requires you include your Social Security number when you file your tax return. You could also look on old W-2s (prior to 2020), 1099s or other... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Social Security for Florida on
Q: It is my understanding that if you are on Social Security Disability then the maximum monthly earnings allowed is $1310

What if you own a small company but do not take any income from it. Does that count against your monthly earning limit?

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Feb 18, 2022

Social Security law defines disability as the inability to do any substantial gainful activity (SGA) 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 than... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Social Security for California on
Q: Is there any benefits that my 17 year old special needs child will qualify for once she "graduates" from her school

She has epilepsy and is developmentally delayed due to brain abnormality. I get paid through In Home Support Services for her full time care. Since she will never be able to work as an adult, can she still get disability benefits?

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Feb 17, 2022

Your child may be eligible for Child SSI benefits now if your family meets income and resource limits. Even if your child isn't currently eligible for SSI due to too much income or resources, they may become eligible for SSI at age 18.

Also, the SSDI program pays benefits to adults who...
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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Pennsylvania on
Q: Should I seek you as an attorney first? Or wait to see if I get denied?

I'm in the medical field for 37 years. Diagnosed with Major depressive disorder. I've had a psychiatrist and psychologist. Health care is killing me mentally. What are my chances of getting disability? I have to use my intermittent leave on some occasions. I'm 58.

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Feb 9, 2022

Talk to an experienced disability attorney first. Most offer a free initial consultation and will be able to discuss the particular issues about your claim. You can then decide if you want to hire an attorney to represent you. A common arrangement is contingency fee where the attorney will get paid... Read more »

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 »

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

Review the notice of decision that Social Security sent you to see what evidence they considered when making the decision. If there is missing evidence, make sure you let Social Security know what evidence they do not have. In fact, make sure that you inform Social Security of all medical sources... 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 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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