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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security and Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: child has social security disability wondering if we can use back pay for closing cost on a family home
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answered on Apr 16, 2024

Yes, it is generally possible to use Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) back pay to cover closing costs when purchasing a family home. Here are a few key things to keep in mind:

1. Lump-sum back pay: When an individual is approved for SSDI, they often receive a lump-sum payment...
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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Arizona on
Q: Can my sister re-apply for Social Security Disability Insurance. She lives in the Phoenix Metro Area.

She applied for SSDI on June, 2018. She had worked the previous 7 years.

Her SSDI was denied by the District Court of Arizona on January 25, 2024. Can she re-apply for SSDI?

Thank you for your answer.

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answered on Mar 22, 2024

Yes, your sister can re-apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). After a denial, applicants have the option to start a new application. However, it is important to consider whether her circumstances or medical condition have changed significantly since her last application. A new... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Social Security and Workers' Compensation for Arizona on
Q: Can I receive a lump sum?

My husband died while on the job in the 80s while working in Freeport in az. Am I able to receive a lump sum? I was never given the option. I only receive $67 a month. How would I go about asking and receiving. Would this also affect my social security.

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

It's understandable that you're seeking clarity regarding the possibility of receiving a lump sum payment due to your husband's death while on the job. In cases like these, you may be eligible for survivor benefits from your husband's employer, especially if his death was... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Social Security and Workers' Compensation for Arizona on
Q: Can I receive a lump sum?

My husband died while on the job in the 80s while working in Freeport in az. Am I able to receive a lump sum? I was never given the option. I only receive $67 a month. How would I go about asking and receiving. Would this also affect my social security.

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answered on Feb 1, 2024

In Arizona, if your husband died while on the job, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits, which could include a lump-sum payment. However, the specifics of your case, including the terms of any settlement or award, would depend on various factors such as the circumstances of... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Social Security and Workers' Compensation for Arizona on
Q: Can I receive a lump sum?

My husband died while on the job in the 80s while working in Freeport in az. Am I able to receive a lump sum? I was never given the option. I only receive $67 a month. How would I go about asking and receiving. Would this also affect my social security.

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman
answered on Feb 26, 2024

YOUR QUESTION: My husband died while on the job in the 80s while working in Freeport in az. Am I able to receive a lump sum? I was never given the option. I only receive $67 a month. How would I go about asking and receiving. Would this also affect my social security.

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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Arizona on
Q: I'm at the point to sign the papers to move forward to appeal my ssdi with a judge. What if I don't sign ?

I do have an attorney representing me. But I don't want to proceed further.

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answered on Jan 8, 2024

If you're considering not proceeding with your SSDI appeal, it's important to understand the implications of this decision. Choosing not to sign the papers to move forward with an appeal effectively means you are deciding not to contest the denial of your SSDI claim. This decision should... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Social Security for Arizona on
Q: How do I look up a court order number to see what they're for?
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answered on Sep 28, 2023

To look up a court order number and understand its purpose, you typically need to contact the court clerk's office where the order was issued. They can provide you with the case information and details related to the order. You may need to provide relevant case information or parties involved... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Social Security and Employment Law for Arizona on
Q: Is social security disability protected through ADA?

I have a friend who files for disability through social security. She is 63 years old and has chronic pain and health problems. She is making the lowest wage in a small business and is continuously discriminated through the company. She is harassed about not being able to use technology as well as... View More

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answered on Aug 6, 2023

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does provide protection against discrimination for individuals with disabilities, and this may include those receiving Social Security Disability benefits. Your friend may be able to take legal action if she believes she has been discriminated against due... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Arizona on
Q: I have been waiting for disability for over a year. I have bipolar disorder. Medication has not worked for me. I would

Like to try more aggressive tx. If they help and am able to work, would I not then qualify or get back pay?

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Jun 24, 2023

If you decide to pursue a more agressive medical treatment recommended by your health care professionals, it may improve your condition to where you would be able to work in a best case scenario. You would then have the opportunity test your ability to engage in full-time substantial gainful... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security and Public Benefits for Arizona on
Q: Since my Long term disability shouldn’t my Social Security Benefits increase once I have reached full retirement age?

I’ve been on Social Security Disability (SSDI) since 1998, and long term disability (LTD) from my prior employer since 1998. It appears my LTD benefits have been reduced or offset because I was receiving Social Security Disability payments (SSDI). My Long Term Disability (LTD) payments ended when... View More

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answered on Mar 10, 2023

It is possible that your Social Security retirement benefits could increase once you reach full retirement age, depending on your earnings history and other factors. However, the amount of your Social Security retirement benefits will not be directly affected by the fact that you were receiving LTD... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security and Criminal Law for Arizona on
Q: does sociakl security put a tracer on your number or can i get a job i have a warrant
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answered on May 2, 2023

Social Security Administration (SSA) does not put a tracer on Social Security numbers. However, if you have an outstanding warrant, it could potentially affect your ability to obtain employment as employers often conduct background checks. It is important to address any outstanding warrants and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Arizona on
Q: IF I AM SUED CAN THE TAKE MY social security
Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Sep 20, 2021

Your Social Security benefits can only be garnished for unpaid Federal taxes, delinquent non-tax debts owed to other federal agencies, unpaid child support and alimony, and any court ordered victims restitution. Social Security benefits are protected from garnishment when it comes to private debt ,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Social Security for Arizona on
Q: If I’m 17 and in Arizona and I run away to Chicago can my parents do anything about it?

Which state’s laws have the most jurisdiction in this situation? I know that in Illinois if a 17 year old voluntarily runs away the police will not force them home because It was voluntary, does that apply to this Scenario?

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
answered on Jul 8, 2021

I am not an Arizona attorney. However, your question raises issues that you will need to consider for your personal safety and survival. It will take you a couple minutes to read, but it may save your life.

1- Be absolutely sure you need to leave home now. If your parents are causing you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Arizona on
Q: Hello I am on SSDI and I was wondering if sweepstake prizes redemptions need to be reported to SSA? I'm under the......

......impression that they don't as it's unearned income. I'm just wondering if my assumption is correct just in case?

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
answered on Mar 26, 2021

So there are two Social Security sources of disability income. Need based disability and prior income based disability. If your income is need based disability, (meaning you didn't have enough past work to qualify for income based disability) then any money is part of the calculation whether... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Arizona on
Q: I’m receiving SSDI. I also have applied for disability in Canada. Can I receive both and would SS need to be notified?
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answered on Jun 30, 2020

Yes, you can receive both. You would have to notify SSA.

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1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Estate Planning and Social Security for Arizona on
Q: Hi, What limits exist on transferring a home to an SSI/SSA receipient without effecting benefits? Thanks
Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on May 28, 2020

For SSI, countable resources are limited to $2,000 for an individual and $3,000 for a couple. However, Social Security does not count the home the SSI recepient lives in and the land it is on. Therefore, you could transfer the home to the SSI recipient without affecting benefits if he does not... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Arizona on
Q: I live in AZ and collect SSI, my Wife collects SSDI, will her monthly payments effect my SSI payments, and if so, how
Steve Perrigo
Steve Perrigo
answered on Apr 25, 2020

Yes, her income, including SSDI, will affect your check. The concept is known as "deeming" - as in some of her income will be deemed to you. There are several variables in the calculation, so you'll need to contact SSA for the exact amount. But typically, it will lower your SSI check.

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Arizona on
Q: SSI payment question

I collect SSI and recently got married, my wife collects SSDI will her payments effect my SSI payments and if so, what is the formula used for calculations?

Steve Perrigo
Steve Perrigo
answered on Apr 25, 2020

Yes, her income, including SSDI, will affect your check. The concept is known as "deeming" - as in some of her income will be deemed to you. There are several variables in the calculation, so you'll need to contact SSA for the exact amount. But typically, it will lower your SSI check.

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Arizona on
Q: What does social security consider twelve consecutive months?

This concerns someone in prison on SSI. If she was arrested and put in jail on June 19, 2019 and will be released on May 23, 2020, is that considered 12 consectutive months and they would have to refile for SSI and start the process again?

Thank you.

Steve Perrigo
Steve Perrigo
answered on Apr 25, 2020

I don't believe so, because the period of ineligibility starts July 2019, so I only count 11. Having said that, her SSI record will likely go into a terminated status and they'll have to start a new one, but that does not require a new medical decision. This should only involve a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Arizona on
Q: SSI payment question

I collect SSI and recently got married, my wife collects SSDI will her payments effect my SSI payments and if so, what is the formula used for calculations?

Steve Perrigo
Steve Perrigo
answered on Apr 25, 2020

Yes, her income, including SSDI, will affect your check. The concept is known as "deeming" - as in some of her income will be deemed to you. There are several variables in the calculation, so you'll need to contact SSA for the exact amount. But typically, it will lower your SSI check.

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