Can Your Social Security Hearing Be Expedited?

The waiting period for individuals to receive a Social Security disability hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has significantly increased over recent years. In Illinois, Social Security disability lawyers often see individuals wait a frustrating 17.2 months before they see a judge. Fortunately for some people, that waiting time can be significantly reduced under […]

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Pursuing Disability After a Claimant’s Death

When a disabled person passes away, it is sometimes possible for certain family members to file a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim, or pursue one that has already been started on behalf of the individual. Federal law regulates who may file or continue such claims, and which disability programs […]

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Illinois Residents Accused of Social Security Fraud

The Illinois U.S. attorney’s office recently accused ten Chicago area residents of stealing more than $1.2 million in combined Social Security benefits. In each Social Security Chicago fraud case, individuals received heavy fines and prison sentences for their crimes. Prosecutors involved in the fraud cases stated that six of the defendants used false identities to […]

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How to Qualify for Social Security Disability

The decision of whether an individual is considered eligible for SSDI is based upon whether the applicant meets the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) strict criteria. The problem is that two-thirds of disability applications are rejected on the first filing. With many Americans living from paycheck-to-paycheck, any delay in being approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can […]

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How Does Divorce Impact Social Security Benefits?

When planning for divorce, the duration of the marriage and timely filing of divorce papers can have a significant impact on Social Security benefits. A Social Security law firm Chicago understands federal laws that impact Social Security benefits for divorced couples in Illinois. Collecting Ex-Spousal Benefits Many people are unaware of the Social Security laws […]

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May Changes To Social Security Filing Strategies Affect Chicago Couples

The House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which included changes to Social Security, effective May 1, 2016. The changes were meant to close loopholes in the filing system that allowed some beneficiaries to maximize payments. Social Security attorneys in Chicago warn couples to avoid conflict with the new laws by avoiding strategies […]

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Social Security Disability and the Effects of Workers’ Compensation

Anyone receiving both Social Security Disability and Workers’ Compensation may have a reduction in benefits. The total amount of both benefits cannot exceed 80% of the average current earnings before the disability occurred. A Social Security claims Chicago attorney can help minimize this reduction. Public Disability Benefits Can Impact Social Security Disability payments from private […]

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Social Security Benefits Provide Lifeline for Children of Disabled Workers

If a parent becomes disabled, it can have a devastating financial impact on their family, however social security benefits are preventing children from becoming victims of financial distress. These auxiliary Social Security benefits for unmarried, minor children are available in specific circumstances. Social Security Benefits for the Children of the Disabled Over four million children […]

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Expedited Processing for Certain Disability Claims

The processing time for social security disability claims can be very lengthy, sometimes lasting up to two years before a final decision is reached. Fortunately, many individuals with serious “critical cases” may be able to pursue expedited processing for their disability claims. In 2014, nearly 40 million individuals in the United States reported at least one disability. […]

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How Social Security Changes Affect Recipients

In November 2015, legislators in Washington voted to change the way Americans can collect their social security benefits. These changes have now gone into effect and will affect everyone who files for their benefits from now onwards. File and Suspend no Longer Possible One of the most important changes is that recipients can no longer file […]

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