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Can I Win Benefits If I am in my Twenties or Thirties?

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Typically it is easier for an older individual to win benefits but it is very possible to win a disability case if you are in your twenties and thirties.  There are several factors that affect the decision including your past level of education, past job history, physical capabilities and the severity of your condition. The […]

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You will Receive a Decision on a Disability Claim in 90 to 120 Days

Not necessarily.  Ultimately, the outcome takes as long as the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) or disability examiner needs to render a fully developed, fair decision.  The time frame may be roughly two to four months, but this is not a concrete time limit. There are a few reasons why one decision will take one month, […]

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When Are Social Security Disability Benefits Taxable?

When a person is approved for Social Security disability benefits, they could be liable for taxes. They can find themselves with tax obligations if they have other sources of income over and above their disability payment. If their spouse earns a larger income, that too can cause additional taxation. It is important that people who […]

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Is it OK to Work while Receiving Social Security Disability?

While it is best for your case that you are not working at all during the application process, this is sometimes impossible due to your financial obligations.  Working does not necessarily cause you to either lose a social security disability case or cause you to lose benefits you may already be receiving, as long as […]

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Having a Friend Represent You at Your Disability Hearing is a Mistake

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You know more than anyone how important your disability case is for you and your family.  You are trying to replace your income with a disability check because you can no longer work due to your medical problems.  Your ability to take care of yourself and your family is in large part tied to the […]

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Advice for Your Social Security Disability Hearing

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If you have an upcoming hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for your Social Security Disability case then you probably have several questions.  Most people have never testified in court before, so they have questions about what they will be doing in the hearing.  The best advice about getting ready for your hearing is […]

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Can you be Awarded Social Security Disability Benefits if you have Ever Used Drugs or Alcohol?

Yes, it is still possible to receive social security disability benefits if you have used illegal drugs or alcohol.  The use of drugs and alcohol is definitely a factor that the state agency and an Administrative Law Judge will consider when deciding your case, but a claim will not be precluded based solely on a […]

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Tips for your Social Security Disability or SSI Hearing

Dress and Attire Social Security disability hearings are less formal than other legal proceedings.  The hearings are held in a small room with at most a handful of people in the room.  Still, it’s important that you wear proper attire to show respect for the judge and the administrative process. You should not wear shorts, […]

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