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It’s important to get an idea now of what your estimated Social Security benefits will be so you can plan realistically for your financial future.

Opening a “my Social Security” account is the place to start tracking your earnings and managing your benefits.

The scam begins with the criminal submitting a fraudulent Social Security benefits application online using your personal information. In order to do this, he needs your name, Social Security number, date of birth and mother’s maiden name, plus supplementary identification questions regarding information from your credit report (e.g., current or past loans, accounts, and mailing addresses). It is common for criminals to collect this information from various online services or by contacting you directly by email, phone, text message or U.S. mail and posing as SSA representatives. If you receive any such communication, do not reply. Instead, contact the SSA directly at (800) 772-1213.

Your Social Security number can only be reassigned under the following circumstances: If, The Social Security numbers of members of the family are closely related and causing errors; Sequential numbers assigned to members of the same family are causing problems More than one person is assigned or using the same social security number You’re a victim of identity theft and your original number is found to be continually detrimental There is a situation of harassment,… Read more »

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security law in order to help low and middle income Americans during their senior years and after being disabled.  Unfortunately, in today’s political climate there are those that want to greatly reduce the various Social Security benefits many Americans already receive.

You may appoint a qualified person to represent you when doing business with Social Security. Use Form SSA-1696-U4, Appointment of Representative to tell the Social Security Administration in writing about the person you appoint. Sign and date the document and send it to your local Social Security office.  A representative generally cannot charge or collect a fee for these services without written approval from the Social Security Administration.

How long does it take to get a reply after I apply for disability benefits?

The time it takes to get a decision on your disability application can vary depending on: The nature of your disability; How quickly the Social Security Administration can get your medical evidence from your doctor or another medical voucher; Whether it is necessary to send you for a medical examination; and Whether the Social Security Administration reviews your application for quality purposes. If you would like to apply for disability benefits, you can use the Social Security… Read more »

Can I qualify for Social Security disability benefits I already have benefits for being a veteran?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) each have disability programs.  It is possible to receive disability benefits from both; however, the criteria for receiving disability benefits through Social Security are different from the criteria for receiving disability benefits from the VA, and you must file separate applications.  For example, the VA may pay benefits for partial disability, but SSA pays disability benefits only to people with impairments so severe they prevent… Read more »

Is there a waiting period for Social Security disability benefits?

If you are eligible for Social Security disability benefits, there is a five-month waiting period before we can begin your benefits. the Social Security Administration will pay your first benefit for the sixth full month after the date the Social Security Administration finds your disability began.

If my child has a disability, do they qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

A child with a disability age 18 or older may get Social Security benefits when a parent gets retirement or disability benefits. The child also can get benefits if a parent dies. The child’s disability must have begun before age 22.

Can you return to work after getting Social Security disability benefits?

Yes, you can return to work while receiving Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration has special rules to help you get back to work without jeopardizing your initial benefits. You may be able to have a trial work period for nine months to test whether you can work. If you get disability benefits and your condition improves or you return to work, report these changes to us by calling us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or by visiting your… Read more »