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Q: Do I have an SSDI disability case if I was diagnosed with severe bipolar depression and anxiety that caused me to also b

Do I have an SSDI disability case if I was diagnosed with severe bipolar depression and anxiety that caused me to also be diagnosed with substance abuse disorder?

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answered on Jan 15, 2024

If you have been diagnosed with severe bipolar depression, anxiety, and a substance abuse disorder, you might have a case for SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance). The key to SSDI eligibility is whether your conditions significantly impair your ability to work for at least 12 months.... View More

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Q: Can my social security check be garnished by a debit collector on a credit card from 15 yrs ago
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answered on Jan 13, 2024

In the United States, Social Security benefits are generally protected from garnishment by debt collectors. However, there are exceptions for specific types of debts, such as federal taxes, child support, and alimony, but credit card debts typically don't fall under these exceptions. It's... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Elder Law, Military Law and Social Security for Georgia on
Q: Contacted by estranged sister's (head injury/stroke) caregiver (deceased husband's cousin) to assume his POA. Must I?

Estranged (in TX since 1972) sister (DOB April 1954) falls in 2012due to Air Force knee injury (surgery & discharge 1974; also forced early retirement in 2011) & struck head, resulting in stroke hours later, which resulted in partial paralysis. Her husband cared for her until his death from... View More

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answered on Jan 5, 2024

You are not legally required to assume the power of attorney (POA) for your sister. Accepting the role of POA is a voluntary decision and carries significant responsibilities, particularly in managing her personal and financial affairs. Given your concerns about your ability to provide financial... View More

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Q: What do i do if my mom keeps opening my mail?

Im 18, i get social security benefits and they come in a check in the mail. my mom keeps taking my mail and opening it and then keeping it to herself.

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answered on Jan 5, 2024

It is a good idea to set up a bank account for yourself and direct that your Social Security benefit payments be directly deposited into your account. It is more secure than having a paper check mailed to your address. You can do this by creating a My Social Security account and then set up direct... View More

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Q: What do i do if my mom keeps opening my mail?

Im 18, i get social security benefits and they come in a check in the mail. my mom keeps taking my mail and opening it and then keeping it to herself.

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answered on Jan 5, 2024

It's important to address this issue as opening someone else's mail without permission is against federal law, especially when it involves personal matters like social security benefits. Since you are 18, you are legally considered an adult, and your mail is your private property.... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Family Law and Social Security for Georgia on
Q: I was common law married in ga 19 years when ga recognized it we never divorced but I legally married and divorced

Another man I want my common law husband's survivors benefits social sec says no because we never divorced we had a child so am I eligible or am I a bigamist

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answered on Nov 17, 2023

In Georgia, if you were in a common law marriage before the state ceased recognizing such unions in 1997 and never legally dissolved it, that marriage may still be considered valid. Entering into a legal marriage with another person while still in a valid common law marriage could potentially be... View More

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Q: Question about disability benefits reevaluation.

SS has determined my benefit period being 3 years because they feel like my condition would get better I was in Emory (they had a separate company that helped fast track my claim) for 3 months with tuberculosis leaving me with scarred lungs scar tissue on my lower back and heart making lifting... View More

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answered on Sep 28, 2023

The success rate for a reevaluation of your disability benefits depends on the specific details of your medical condition and how well your documentation supports your ongoing disability. If your condition remains unchanged and your medical records consistently reflect this, you have a reasonable... View More

Q: Does any attorney help people with filing ucc-1 and ucc-3 security agreements, hold harmless and indemnification claimIi

To claim my estate as I'm over 18 and be secured party over the government entity via my birth certificate

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answered on Aug 6, 2023

The process of filing UCC-1 and UCC-3 forms typically pertains to securing interests in personal property, not claiming control over a government entity or asserting rights to an estate in the manner described. It is advisable to consult with an attorney who can provide guidance on legitimate legal... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Social Security for Georgia on
Q: Can I get the police's help/sue my parents for refusing to give me my social security number and birth certificate?

As soon as I turned 18, I moved out of my parent's house in order to live a happier and healthier life. My parents did not approve of this, and are very disappointed in my choice. Now that the move is over and everything is a little more settled, I've been needing my social security... View More

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answered on Aug 6, 2023

While it might not be practical to sue your parents, you can report the matter to local authorities if necessary, though it may be more expedient to obtain duplicate copies of these documents from the appropriate governmental agencies. Contacting your local Social Security office and Vital Records... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Elder Law, Probate and Social Security for Georgia on
Q: How much time do we have in Georgia to challenge a quit claim deed made because of constant duress?

Elderly mother signed quit claim deed of 5 acres of land and small 30 year old mobile home, to adult and oldest of 3 total siblings, to protect it from pending lawsuit. The property was all she had in the world & wanted to make sure she could keep,being her only place to live. One sibling... View More

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answered on Jun 29, 2023

If that Daughter also got a power of attorney from the Mother, then she was and is a fiduciary. If so, any and all transfers of principal's property to the attorney in fact are presumptively fraudulent. If no poa, then you will need good evidence of fraud with witnesses, and you probably... View More

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Q: Can my boyfriend will me his social security benefits even though we aren't married

My boyfriend is making out his will and wants to will his social security benefits to me should anything happen to him but we aren't legally married

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answered on Jun 6, 2023

No he cannot do this. There are no benefits that he would receive after his death so there is nothing to give to you. After his death his minor children (if he has any) and his legal spouse may be eligible to receive survivor's benefits. There are also benefits that an older legal spouse may... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security and Workers' Compensation for Georgia on
Q: what can I do concerning a workers compensation Claim with an indemnity in it that Social Security is simply engorging

I had a workers Compensation claim settlement, settle in 2015 with a indemnity for social security offset

That social security reversed and base my social Security claim off my entire settlement without attorney fees subtracted from it.

I been drawing SSA since 2021 And they just now doing this.

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answered on May 2, 2023

If you believe that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has made an error in calculating your benefits, you have the right to appeal their decision. You can file an appeal with the SSA within 60 days of receiving notice of their decision.

To do so, you will need to provide...
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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Collections and Social Security for Georgia on
Q: A widow being threatened with collections by an adjuster who nolonger wants to work with the lawyer hired.

A widow, whose sole income is social security, hired a public adjuster who nolonger wants to work with the attorney they hired. The adjuster is now putting pressure on her to pay him $12,000 or more. Can she file chapter 7 bankruptcy? If so, will it stop him from taking any further action against... View More

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answered on Mar 21, 2023

The Bankruptcy Code defines who is eligible to file for Chapter 7, as well as all other forms of Chapter relief. An individual who has not filed for bankruptcy relief and gotten a discharge recently (6 years), and whose income is less than the "median income" for your region is eligible... View More

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Q: If u receive social security benefits can you have stocks? Would that hurt your social security benefits
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answered on Feb 23, 2023

Receiving Social Security retirement benefits does not prevent someone from owning or investing in stocks or other securities. Social Security retirement benefits are not means-tested, which means that the amount of benefits someone receives is based on their earnings history and is not affected by... View More

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Q: If u receive social security benefits can you have stocks? Would that hurt your social security benefits
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answered on Feb 23, 2023

If your grandpa has worked in the United States and paid Social Security taxes, he may be eligible for Social Security retirement benefits, regardless of his current immigration status. However, to be eligible for retirement benefits, he must have earned 40 Social Security credits, which is... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Social Security for Georgia on
Q: My grandpa from Guatemala is 70 years old, came and worked 45 years legally in USA. Can he claim SSI benefits without GC

He has always been legal on EAD document until 5 years ago he missed renewal of his EAD as well as an interview for the green card when he moved to a new address and hence he does not have any legal status right now except his green card application is freshly filed by one of his granddaughters who... View More

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answered on Feb 23, 2023

If your grandpa has worked in the United States and paid Social Security taxes, he may be eligible for Social Security retirement benefits, regardless of his current immigration status. However, to be eligible for retirement benefits, he must have earned 40 Social Security credits, which is... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Social Security for Georgia on
Q: My aunt, age 69, is GC holder, can she continue receiving SS retirement benefits if she moves to Guatemala permanently.?

She came to USA legally 44 years ago and has been receiving social security retirement benefits after reaching full retirement age. She always maintained her legal immigration status and is now permanent resident (Green Card holder) but has not become US citizen as she can't speak English. Now... View More

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answered on Feb 23, 2023

If your aunt is a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) who moves to Guatemala permanently and gives up her Green Card, she may still be able to receive her Social Security retirement benefits while living abroad, as long as she meets certain eligibility requirements.

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Q: I need help in determining if I am a qualified disabled person and if so what can I do if i have been denied 2 times.

I keep reading the social security website in the "Blue Book" as they refer to my understanding I do but at what level I don't know I'm a single mother I have been hurt since 2017 it is beyond me my son being able to live and I have no money coming in except child support and... View More

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answered on Jan 4, 2023

Read 20 CFR 404.1520. which will give you a general overview of how Social Security evaluates disability. Social Security uses a five-step sequential evaluation process to decide whether or not a person is disabled. The "Blue Book" describes the listing level impairments at step 3. There... View More

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Q: HI I am on dialysis for last two year I have currently approved SSDI benefits from this year instead of 2021 no backpay

when I visited SSA office today are saying if you are not satisfying with our decision go in appeal, could you please help me in this regard.

Thanks

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answered on Sep 21, 2023

If you believe there's an error in your SSDI benefit start date, you can appeal the decision. You should consult with a disability attorney who can assist you with the appeals process, gather the necessary medical evidence, and represent your case effectively to maximize your chances of a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Social Security for Georgia on
Q: What can I do concerning an administrative judge favorable hearing concerning social security overpayment being engorged

I had a favorable outcome concerning an overpayment that was enter against me and enter on my social security online account That the local social security location is simply engorging they haven't made any attempts to ratify the situation so I'm left with a dilemma of what I can do I... View More

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answered on May 2, 2023

If you have already had a favorable outcome from an administrative judge hearing and Social Security is still showing the overpayment on your account, you should first try to contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) to see if they can rectify the situation. You can contact the SSA by phone... View More

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