Social Security Disability Benefits

Can My Social Security Disability Benefits Be Garnished?

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Garnishment is when a creditor keeps part of a check or payment to pay your debts, and a levy is a legal seizure of your property to satisfy a tax debt. One common concern for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients is whether their benefits can be garnished or levied. Here’s what you need to…

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What Happens to My Benefits When I Reach Retirement Age?

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When you reach retirement age, your Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits will typically convert to Social Security retirement benefits without any additional application required. The amount you receive may stay the same, although it could be recalculated based on your work history and earnings leading up to retirement age. Additionally, while there are set limits…

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Top 10 Common Social Security Disability Myths

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When you’ve become disabled and need help, the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers numerous programs to provide assistance for yourself and your household. Unfortunately, many myths and false claims could steer an applicant in the wrong direction. Before you file your claim, here’s what you need to know: The Truth About Social Security Disability Myths:…

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When Approved For SSD Benefits, Do I Receive Them For Life?

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When applying for disability benefits, or finally beginning to collect following approval or a successful appeal, curiosity may build about the conditions of your monthly payments. For example, a question we are commonly asked is if disability benefits continue forever once approved. Typically, as long as you are disabled, you will receive SSD benefits until…

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“Invisible” Disabilities to Consider for Disability Benefits 

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Often, when you mention the word “disability” to somebody, one of the first thoughts that comes to mind is a wheelchair. After all, a wheelchair user is a universal symbol of disability nearly everywhere. Unfortunately, many people’s disabilities and chronic health issues are invisible and go unnoticed, but they are still severely limiting. What Is…

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Are There Financial Resources to Help While Waiting For Social Security Disability Benefits?

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It can be stressful waiting for your Social Security Disability claim to be approved, especially if you’re the primary source of income in your household. It takes at least three months for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to approve or deny your claim, and months or even longer if you must file an appeal. Are…

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COLA Announced at 1.3% for 2021

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People with disabilities who receive SSDI or SSI will soon see their payments increase. 72 million Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients will see a 1.3% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to their monthly benefits beginning January 1st, 2021, an increase even smaller than last year’s. In 2021, the monthly federal SSI payment standard will be…

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5 Social Security Disability Benefits Myths

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Often people have excuses for putting off doing a task. This can be relatively harmless in certain areas of life, but not when it comes to prolonging applying for disability benefits. Perhaps these 5 myths may be the exact same reasons that you are not applying. By believing these myths, you could be missing out…

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Once You’re Approved for SSD Benefits: What Happens Next?

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You’ve done everything the right way and are relieved to receive your disability award letter in the mail. But what does this mean? And what happens next? When the Social Security Administration (SSA) approves your application and you qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, the SSA will send you an award letter, which outlines…

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Can I Receive SSD Benefits for Schizophrenia?

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Schizophrenia, a serious, psychotic mental disorder, can impact your life drastically as do so many visible illnesses. It can make it very difficult to control your behavior, distinguish delusions or hallucinations from reality, think logically, and even interact socially in a normal manner. A Spectrum Disorder However, schizophrenia is also known as a “spectrum” disorder…

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