Archive | March, 2015

Benefits Paid as Claimant Dies

Here’s a heartbreaking story from Channel 11 in Atlanta, one that underscores the importance of having a lawyer help you with your claim early on. Melissa Kern, who suffered from ALS, spent seven long years pleading with Social Security to get her Social Security Disability Benefits–and for seven long years was summarily turned down. “I […]

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How Do Non-citizens and Nonresidents Get Benefits?

Social Security pays retirement and disability benefits to tens of millions of Americans. But the program doesn’t just provide for benefits to U.S. citizens. Indeed, even as controversy rages over the status of undocumented workers for various government programs, Social Security’s rules contain many provisions for resident and nonresident aliens, and some of them shock […]

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Social Security: More than Retirement Benefits!

  Social Security is more than just a retirement program. It provides important life insurance and disability insurance protection as well.   In June 2012, 56 million people, or about one in every six U.S. residents, collected Social Security benefits. While three-quarters of them received benefits as retirees or elderly widow(er)s, another 11 million (19 […]

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10 Social Security Rules That Are Insane

This excellent Social Security blog post by Charles Charles Hall shared a list of crazy rules from the regulation book for Social Secuirty employees: Laurence Kotlikoff has a list of excerpts from Social Security’s Program Operations Manual Series (POMS) 1 “Even if we caused the (benefits) overpayment, you must show that you are without fault.” […]

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