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Why Should I Talk to a Social Security Disability Lawyer?

If you were recently diagnosed with a medical problem that could temporarily or permanently stop you from working, you are probably wondering if you should apply for Social Security Disability benefits. Whether you haven’t started the process at all, or you are in the middle of your application, speaking with a Social Security attorney is always a good idea. Why Would Speaking with a Disability Attorney Benefit Me? Your application is more likely to be approved. The majority of disability claims are denied, often due to insufficient proof of medical records and evidence. There are also tight and specific deadlines that need to be met while applying. Your attorney will serve as your advocate through the application process. In addition, your attorney will keep you informed of what evidence you need and when paperwork needs to be submitted. Your information is confidential. Working with a legal professional throughout your application…
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Are My Social Security Checks Expected to Increase in 2019?

The Social Security Administration recently stated that payments to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries are set to increase for next year. Specifically, the payments are expected to rise 2.8 percent. Why Are My Social Security Checks Increasing? This payment increase is due to an automatic cost-of-living adjustment, also known as COLA. COLA is based on low inflation and dictated by law. It takes effect on December 31 for the country’s 8 million SSI recipients. The COLA is based on the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers, or CPI-W. This measures different price changes for food, clothing, transportation, housing, medical care, energy, education and recreation. Low-income disabled and elderly people that receive Supplemental Security Income also receive a COLA. In addition to retirees, other Social Security beneficiaries include disabled employees and surviving children and spouses. If you receive SSI, the maximum federal payment will increase…
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Here Are Three Social Security Mistakes That Can Cost You Financially

Social Security will be an important benefit of your retirement plans as a typical American, and it will most likely be a huge part of your income. Many Americans, however, don’t fully understand how these benefits work and what the program does for you. For Americans who go into this process unaware, you could fall into some pretty common financial traps that could permanently reduce your income later on. 3 Mistakes You Want to Avoid When Becoming a Social Security Recipient Claiming benefits before you know how they work. If you don’t fully understand the factors that could impact your Social Security income, you could most likely make poor decisions when attempting to claim benefits. You should fully know how your age, work history, and marital status will affect your benefits during the claim process. For example, retiring before full retirement age (FRA) will reduce your monthly income. If you…
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