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Representing Yourself vs. Hiring An Attorney

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

It is estimated that a full 25 percent of those that are currently twenty years old will at some time between now and retirement suffer from a disability. With numbers like this, it is easy to see why since 2006 the Social Security Administration has received over 2 million applications each year.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being disabled, you may be wondering if you should represent yourself or whether you would be better off to hire a Des Plaines disability attorney to handle your case. Before […]

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How Will The SSA Determine If I Am Disabled?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Are you applying for Social Security disability benefits? As a Social Security Lawyer in Aurora, we find that claimants are often confused by who determines whether the claimant is disabled or not. It may seem like an obvious question (“who determines if I’m  disabled?”), however, upon further exploration of a disability case, it can become more complicated. Your doctor, social worker, or work supervisor can not simply determine that you are disabled.

How Do You Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?

In order to qualify for SSD benefits, you must meet […]

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Have You Checked Your Social Security Statement?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in General, SSA on Monday, October 17, 2016.

Your annual Social Security statement contains everything you need to know about the benefits that you may receive. If you are not sure of what all the entries mean our team is happy to explain some of the key points. Obtain a copy of your statement and we will walk you through some of the more important sections of the form.

Earnings record: This is the record of your taxed Social Security earnings, in other words this is the amount of your total income that is subject to payroll tax. The […]

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Despite promising data, Medicare trust still in trouble

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Because we have talked about it so many times before on this blog, many of our more frequent readers are quite aware of the trouble facing the Social Security Administration’s trust funds than other residents across Illinois. As some of you already know, the rise in the number of baby boomers who need Medicare assistance has created a vacuum, allowing funds to leave the trust faster than they are coming in.

Although initial estimates were incredibly bleak, only giving the trust a few more decades before it would become depleted of […]

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SSA will not cut services in Illinois field offices as planned

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

In the last few years, the Social Security Administration has seen an increase in the number of applications for benefits in all of its programs. From retirement to disability, the administration has struggled for months now to clear its backlog and provide benefits to millions of Americans across the United States.

But an uncertainty regarding the budget has conflicted with the increased workload, which has caused the administration to make some rather difficult decisions like limiting services offered at many sites and even closing offices across the nation.

As some of our […]

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How could recent VA decision affect your disability claim?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Monday, July 7, 2014.

As so many of our Illinois readers know from first-hand experience, filing for disability benefits can be a frustrating process filled with complicated restrictions and confusing questions. But this process can be made even more frustrating when the agencies associated with disability benefits, such as the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs, change who can receive benefits and for what conditions.

Some of our readers might be experiencing this frustration at this very moment because of a decision that was made recently by the VA. As some of […]

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Social Security covers much more than just retirement

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Thursday, May 29, 2014.

There are a number of misconceptions when it comes to Social Security benefits. While there is a tendency to only think about these benefits as what we will receive when we retire, there are a large number of other benefits as well.

There are around 38 million retirees that receive Social Security income. However, there are also approximately 59 million Americans including surviving spouses, children and disabled individuals who receive Social Security payments. Even divorced spouses may be eligible to receive these benefits.

Retirement benefits are determined in large part by lifetime […]

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Are Social Security numbers poised to undergo a major change?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Friday, April 11, 2014.

Without a doubt, one of the most talked about subjects of the past week has been the so-called “Heartbleed” Internet security glitch. While a technical discussion of this issue is clearly beyond the scope of our blog, “Heartbleed” has essentially exposed the online passwords of computer users for the last two years due to a flaw in a commonly utilized piece of security software.

Understandably, one of the major concerns that most people have after hearing about this password exposure is whether cyber criminals have illegally accessed their accounts, acquiring otherwise […]

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Lawsuit victory ensures vulnerable people won’t lose benefits

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Friday, March 28, 2014.

In a very interesting story out of the state of Oregon, the Social Security Administration found itself hauled into a federal courtroom this week to answer a lawsuit alleging that its recent actions were going to result “in the imminent suspension of life-sustaining benefits” for well over 400 people.

According to reports, federal authorities recently shut down a Portland-area non-profit called Safety Net, which acted as a “payee,” meaning it would manage the disability benefits (pay bills, issue checks, etc.) sent directly to it by the SSA on behalf of its […]

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Are Social Security statements returning to mailboxes?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Friday, January 24, 2014.

The Social Security Advisory Board, the governmental entity tasked with ensuring that the public understands the nation’s retirement and disability systems, made a rather momentous announcement earlier this week.

Specifically, the board announced on Wednesday that it was recommending that the Social Security Administration reinstate the practice of mailing annual Social Security Statements to all beneficiaries.

As you may recall, the SSA suspended the mailing of the statements back in May 2011 due to what it classified at the time as acute budgetary concerns. In its place, the agency introduced the MySSA […]

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