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April 2018 Archives

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits

Many people in California need the income provided by Social Security Disability benefits after experiencing an illness, injury or other form of disabling condition. However, the road to receiving SSD benefits can be difficult with many deserving applicants rejected in the initial stage and requiring lengthy appeals processes in order to receive their benefits. However, there are some tips that applicants can keep in mind to improve their chances of success in securing the disability benefits they need.

Trump Signs Measure to Protect SSI and SSDI Beneficiaries

In California, SSI and SSDI recipients will receive more protection from the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018 (H.R. 4547) recently signed by President Donald Trump. The measure seeks to protect individuals with disabilities by preventing criminals, and people with criminal records, from representing SSI and SSDI recipients as their representative payees. The measure was supported by Congress for the purpose of protecting recipients from unscrupulous representative payees who use the recipient's social security benefits for their own selfish purposes.

Timeline for disability benefit payments after approval

When people apply for Social Security disability benefits in California, they are often very eager to receive their necessary, long-awaited payments. In general, people who are approved for benefits on their initial application or reconsideration appeal will receive them more quickly after their award notice than those who are approved at the hearing level.

How to help children with special needs

California parents who have children with special needs face unique challenges in trying to raise their kids. In some cases, the parent of a special needs child must face the prospect of a son or daughter who needs care for the rest of his or her life. Therefore, it is a good idea to create an estate plan that designates a guardian in the event that a parent is unable to care for the child.

How to get through probate

California requires that certain property go through the probate process. This process ensures that any will a person has is valid and that a personal representative for the estate is appointed. If an individual did not have a will, he or she is said to have died intestate. The same is true if the document is declared invalid because of an error or because of a successful challenge.

Representation important to success at disability hearings

Many Social Security disability applicants in California face denials after applying for benefits, especially at the initial and reconsideration appeal stages. The next step in seeking to challenge that wrongful denial is a hearing that's presided over by an administrative law judge. Unfortunately, this process can take a significant amount of time.

Medication not necessary for a disability claim

Many people in California may wonder if they must be taking prescribed medication in order to receive social security disability (SSD) or SSI benefits. However, the Social Security Administration does not define a disability by the types of medication a claimant takes or whether he or she takes any medication at all. Pharmaceutical prescriptions are not a requirement to receive disability benefits as there is little benefit to be gained through prescribed medication for many disabling conditions.

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