Social Security Questions & Answers

Q: I was told I couldnt view my exhibit file for my ssdi claim since my case was pending. Is this correct?

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Indiana on
Answered on Oct 12, 2018
Betsy Walits' answer
If self represented, you’ll get a CD before your hearing. If represented, your Atty should be able to view the file at any time. SSA controls when people can/cannot view their file.

Q: Can social security benefits be garnished for unpaid out of state (New York) medical bills if a judgment is awarded?

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits, Social Security, Collections and Health Care Law for Florida on
Answered on Oct 9, 2018
Barry W. Kaufman's answer
Generally, under Florida law, SSI cannot be garnished. However, without knowing why the NY AG sued him and because a state agency is involved, and not a private creditor, the benefits may be able to taken by other means. He should contact his county legal aid office to see if he can get some legal advice there. Ignoring a lawsuit is never a good idea.

Q: How do I amend my child's birth certificate to add her deceased father to it ?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Probate, Public Benefits and Social Security for Texas on
Answered on Oct 8, 2018
Robert W. Leonard Jr.'s answer
You can review the information provided at the Texas Department of State Health Services, VItal Statistics division to review the process. Here is the link:

Since you will need a court order, it would be best if you contact a local family law attorney to assist you. You want to make sure it is done properly.

Q: Can a person on ssi disability own property when ssi limits the amount of cash that they can have ($2,000.00) in bank

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security and Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Answered on Oct 3, 2018
David Soble's answer
Generally speaking a person who collects disability can own real estate. If you are speaking in terms of financing a property with a mortgage, then your disability income should be included in the income calculations, provided the disability is not temporary. So for financing purposes, disability income may not help you qualify to refinance or purchase a home.

Q: Will they find out I’m underage by matching my real ssn to my fake California ID?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Gaming and Social Security for California on
Answered on Sep 27, 2018
Dale S. Gribow's answer
more info needed.

it would be speculation on my part since i handle DUI and Accidents.

maybe contact a local lawyer that deals with this issue.

your appearance would be more of a tip off than SSN

Q: Hi, is it against the law to use someone else's SS# to obtain work? Even is that other person CONSENTS to using his SS#?

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Social Security for Georgia on
Answered on Sep 23, 2018
Salim U. Shaikh's answer
You are right, it falls under "identity theft," "misrepresentation" leading to fraud and forgery triable under criminal offence. Surprisingly, why it could not come up at time of personal scrutiny? It is feared that consent given by SS cardholder would likewise be liable / implicated.

Q: I have an adult daughter receiving SSI disability.Her name is on my utility bills, bank accounts, etc., as I want her to

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Social Security and Estate Planning for Maryland on
Answered on Sep 23, 2018
Mark Oakley's answer
She should not have any assets in her name or jointly with yours. You should establish a special needs trust to hold any assets you leave her in your will. That will protect the assets from disqualifying her from her benefits, while at the same time preserving the assets for her benefit and needs.

Q: Hurt on the job, went to see a lawyer about SSDI and he refused to take my case !

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Sep 18, 2018
Mark A. Buterbaugh's answer
More than likely you do not have current insured status. To be eligible for SSDI, you have to have enough work credits. Kind of like Unemployment. Check with your local SSA office and inquire with them what your 'date of last insured' is. For example, if your date of last insured is 3/31/2018, then the to be eligible for SSDI, you will have to be found disabled prior to 3/31/2018.

Q: I'm on social security,I want to sell my house as a rent to own.Do I put the security deposit in a trust account?

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Social Security for New York on
Answered on Sep 11, 2018
Michael David Siegel's answer
All security deposits need to be in a rent security account. This is the law. Nothing to do with SSD.

Q: my husband just passed away yesterday, can I file for his SS?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Social Security for Louisiana on
Answered on Sep 7, 2018
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
You should be able to receive survivor's benefits, assuming he paid enough into Social Security for you to be eligible. You will need his social security number.

Q: If on disability can the IRS and state DOR continue to accrue penalties and interest from the agreement I went into?

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security and Tax Law for Massachusetts on
Answered on Sep 7, 2018
Linda Simmons Campbell's answer
Once you have paid your liability in full no more interest or penalties should accrue. If you still owe taxes and can no longer afford to pay your installment agreements due to your only source of income being SSDI, you may need the assistance of an attorney to help you set up a collection alternative.

Q: Can my fiance and I choose a new last name when we get married?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Social Security for Florida on
Answered on Sep 6, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
I'm fairly sure that the latter advice is correct: each of you can put a new last name on the license. Check with the office of the clerk of court in your county to be doubly sure.

Q: I live in the state of Florida and own a home jointly with my gentleman friend. I receive medicare and Medicaid.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Social Security for Florida on
Answered on Aug 31, 2018
Jason E. Neufeld's answer
As long as you live there and are paying fair-market value, I don’t see a problem. Make sure to report the change in circumstances. Also the timing of the inheritance/real estate transaction is important.

Q: How to amend name on Puerto Rico birth certificate?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Probate and Social Security for Massachusetts on
Answered on Aug 28, 2018
Lillian J. LaRosa's answer
It sounds like he needs to bring a Name Change Petition in the Probate Court having jurisdiction over where he lives and either hire counsel or follow the instructions on the form.

Q: Is there any way to get a temporary SSN ?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Immigration Law, Tax Law and Social Security for Connecticut on
Answered on Aug 28, 2018
Hector E. Quiroga's answer
Once you get the work authorization, you can apply for a social security number. It may take four or five months to get the work authorization.

Q: How and what makes you qualification obtained alimony and Social Security benefits?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Social Security for Arizona on
Answered on Aug 22, 2018
Randi Sirlin's answer
Your case is very fact based. Arizona used to have guidelines for payment of alimony (now called "spousal maintenance). When those guidelines were in place, and given what facts you have provided, you would have likely have qualified for "lifetime spousal maintenance.

Without the guidelines, spousal maintenance is governed by an Arizona statute called, "25-319." You can look that statute up without an attorney by going on line and going to There is a bar at the top...

Q: My wife is chinese with "language learning" disability

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Social Security for New Jersey on
Answered on Aug 19, 2018
Gary Kollin's answer
This neither civil rights nor social security. It is immigration.

If you are willing to spend money, then hire an immigration attorney. It appears there is a social security issue. Does a relatively small amount of money now reap a much larger amount later?

What is the monthly payment from social security

Q: senior citizens receiving Social Security and a Veterans Disability Pension are they Judgement proof

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for New York on
Answered on Aug 8, 2018
Cristina M. Lipan's answer
This income is exempt from creditors. However, you must keep the funds separate from other types of income and have proof it was never co-mingled. As a practical matter, it is possible to have the funds taken out of your bank account even if they are exempt - it's just they would need to be returned and that is a hassle.

Q: Is there a way that a 16 year old cannot be filed as a runaway or missing person when they leave the house?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Social Security for Louisiana on
Answered on Aug 7, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
No, a 16 year old is a run away and cannot change his or her identity.

Q: my mother threatend me that she will sell our home i have resided in pay all bills and improvements if i dont give her $

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law, Municipal Law and Social Security for Arizona on
Answered on Aug 6, 2018
Peter H. Westby's answer
You should speak with a real estate attorney to learn your legal rights. Once your attorney knows all of the facts, including the history of your use and connection with this property since its purchase, he or she will be able to recommend options. A quiet title action may be of help. A partition action might also be considered. In either case a court will need to determine your interest in this property. Since this is a transaction between family members, it is likely that the written...

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