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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 »

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Q: Social Security law and veteran of war/combat veteran

The Commissioner’s decision was based on legal error. (Identify all legal errors.) Social Security law regarding disability

Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
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Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
answered on Apr 18, 2022

I’m not sure what you are asking. Did you file an appeal and this is the in the appeal decision? Or are you looking for someone to file an appeal for you based on legal errors in a decision? If you can provide more information about your situation then I may be able to provide you with an answer... Read more »

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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?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Feb 18, 2022

Does what count? If you don't "take any income from" the company (assuming by "company" you mean a corporation), it might not count as income. On the other hand, if it is a sole proprietorship or one-member LLC, mere failure to transfer the money from the company bank... Read more »

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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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security, Real Estate Law and Collections for Florida on
Q: in Florida, how to put a restitution lien on a property to compensate for stolen social security checks from my mailbox

my brother was caught stealing my mail from my mailbox. My father (now deceased) was living with me at the time. Brother was cashing the checks with forged signatures. Brother is trying to sell a property. Can I put a lien on his property to collect the money he stole?

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Jul 28, 2021

No. There's no such thing as a restitution lien in Florida. If the checks were your father's, the representative of his estate would have to sue your brother in civil court and obtain a judgment, then record the judgment as a lien.

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Q: My unmarried 22 yr old son receives disabled adult child ssdi. He's expecting a son next mo. Can baby receive benefits?
Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
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Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
answered on Jul 10, 2021

Unfortunately, no the baby will not receive benefits. Your son is receiving benefits based on a parent’s earnings record rather than on his own record.

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Florida on
Q: Florida Married 3 mos shy of 10 yrs to be eligible to collect 50% of his SS benefits when he dies. Dated 3.5 years prior

I want to find out if there any way around this. I wonder if the marriage certificate would still be on file. He never married again. I have 2 children with him. I'm not married now. I believe I would also be entitled to survivor benefits.

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Apr 13, 2021

The answer to this question will not depend on Florida law. You should be able to contact a social security office and ask this question. If your marriage did not last ten years there may be nothing that you can do.

Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Public Benefits and Social Security for Florida on
Q: Can I sue my lawyer for "withdrawal is failure to cooperate in good faith?"

I have been working with my lawyer for 1.5 years, and just as my disability retirement case is in the final stages (which looks like it won't be a winner), they decided to withdraw as my lawyer because they say I am not cooperating in good faith. Basically, the lawyer wanted me to submit my... Read more »

Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
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Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
answered on Apr 5, 2021

I’m sorry you had a negative experience with your attorney. Hire another attorney to handle your disability case if you don’t want to represent yourself. The issues with the forms from the doctor may have caused a problem with your case or it could be a the whole set of records don’t support... Read more »

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.

Kevin E. Flynn
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Kevin E. Flynn
answered on Mar 8, 2021

This is not a patent law question (inventions). I hope that someone familiar with social security issues can be of help.

Kevin E Flynn

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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.

Susan Michele Schaefer
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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Q: I downloaded ssa form 795 (at the suggestion of the SSA cust Serv rep) to request all the backpay from ssi disability.

They are currently spreading out the payments for back pay over a year's time period. (I have already received the first payment of backpay). I am currently homeless and won't be able to purchase anything with only the first of three payments. I'm not sure HOW to ask this on the... Read more »

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Nov 6, 2020

The amount of your installment payments for back pay from Social Security can be increased if you can demonstrate necessary medical needs or debts that relate to necessities, such as housing, food, clothing, or medically necessary services, supplies, equipment or medicine. Follow Social Security... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Florida on
Q: So I get Social Security SSI and Medicaid, should I accept a 9,450.00 check will I loose benefits or be cut off
Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Oct 20, 2020

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program and your countable resources must not be worth more than $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a couple. If the value of your countable resources is over the allowable limit at the beginning of the month, you cannot receive SSI for that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Health Care Law and Social Security for Florida on
Q: How do I obtain a counsel to become a legal guardian for my schizoid son!

My son has decided to not take his Meds. We are up against a system (HEPA law) that protects him but not his care taker (me) I need some control over his decision-making or lack there of! This is a long story and it is a 10 yr fight to help keep my son off the street! I need help to get me in front... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
answered on Sep 15, 2020

You sound like you need a guardianship for your son. In court, the judge will review a letter from a doctor explaining the situation. You will have an attorney, and your son will have an attorney. Often the attorney for the son will tell the judge after meeting with the son that they feel the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Florida on
Q: Can a class action suit be filed against a federal agency like the Social Security Administration?
Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Sep 10, 2020

Yes, a class action suit can be filed against the Social Security Administration or another federal agency. In fact, there have been several class action suits against the Social Security Administration that have either resulted in a favorable settlement or adjudication. A well-known case, Sullivan... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Florida on
Q: Father will not state that he is no longer Representative Payee for son SSI.

Mom was having an emergengy prior to COVID 19, she was the representative payee for son SSI benefit check monthly. She had the kids live with dad but dad returned the kids in 5/5/20. When the kids went to live their father, I (Mom) made sure that she provided him with all of the things need to... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Aug 30, 2020

Report him to the Social Security Administration; what he is doing is a crime.

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Florida on
Q: I am 24 years old. If I apply for SSI and received benefits does that preclude me from ever receiving SSDI benefits?

For example, say I am unable to work for 3 years and receive SSI benefits. Then I am able to work for 4 years and then again I am unable to work. Would I then be able to apply for SSDI?

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Aug 25, 2020

If you are disabled and apply for SSI benefits now, you should first check to see if you are insured for SSDI benefits now based on the rules for younger workers who become disabled.

As a general rule, to qualify for Social Security benefits based on a disability other than blindness, you...
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Q: Will SSA continue to give me SSDI benefits when I work 35 hours a week but earn $1190 a month which is under SGA?

I'm currently on SSDI benefits for 5 years. I just started a job last May. I wonder if I can continue to have benefits with many hours a week? I'm deaf.

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Aug 16, 2020

Yes, you can do a limited amount of work and still get disability benefits. 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.

If you try to work but have...
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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Florida on
Q: I'm currently on SSI and medicaid ( for about 8 months now) due to an accident and will be receiving a settlement check

the amount is about 19,000.00 and I've been told I will lose my benefits even if I utilize the spend down. I currently have no place to live and would like to buy a car and rent an apartment. Will I be able to get my benefits back if I do this? I live in Fl. I have ongoing health issues and... Read more »

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on May 11, 2020

You may lose your SSI benefits for a time until you have spent down to the resource limit of $2,000 for unmarried individuals .

To minimize the loss of SSI, purchase goods and services in the same calendar month in which the lump sum is received. See SSA's Program Operations Manual...
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1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits, Social Security and Health Care Law for Florida on
Q: How do I go about appealing a denied disability case? I have Type 1 Diabetes and Severe Gastroparesis which impairs me.
Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Apr 27, 2020

Once you have a notice from the Social Security Administration (SSA) denying your claim for disability benefits, you have 60 days to appeal by stating in writing that you disagree with the determination that SSA made. You can find the forms used for appeal at... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Social Security for Florida on
Q: Husband died of last 17years not together I need death certificate to turn in BUT DONT HAVE HIS TOWN OR SS NUMBER ???
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Apr 23, 2020

This is no a legal problem; it is a ancient personal problem that cannot be solved by lawyers here on Justia. However, I will tell you that there are lawyers and others who can perform miracles doing "skip-tracing" (finding deadbeats); hire one.

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