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Is It Wise To Hire A Social Security Lawyer?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD, SSI, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

Unfortunately, the greatest majority of claims for Social Security disability benefits are denied at the initial application stage as well as when the application is returned for reconsideration. As a result a claimant can expect to attend a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. If the claimant did not engage a Social Security lawyer in Waukegan to assist with the application, he or she should give serious consideration to hiring an attorney at this stage. Although no lawyer can guarantee that they will win the case on behalf […]

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SSA offices close as the need for benefits increase

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSI on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

While many offices are being closed by the Social Security Administration the need for benefits continues to increase. Individuals are facing longer waits as a result when seeking information.

The 64 field offices that were closed since 2010 is the largest number closed in the history of the agency. Hours have also been reduced in 1,245 other field offices as well. According to a congressional report, impact on local communities is seldom taken into account when these office closings occur. One senator stated: “The closure process is neither fair nor transparent […]

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Differences between SSI and SSDI

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSI on Monday, June 2, 2014.

There is often confusion between the differences in Social Security disability insurance benefits and Supplemental Security Income. While both programs are administered by the Social Security Administration, SSI is need based and is for individuals with limited financial resources.

SSI is available for individuals 65 or older and can be used to assist disabled children or adults of any age. However, SSI does not generate benefits necessarily to other members in the family.

The maximum amounts received will be essentially the same for individuals in Illinois as in any other part of […]

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SSI requirements when it pertains to payment for children

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSI on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

The relationship of parent to child is the determining factor when decisions are being made as to whether a child is eligible for a payment from the Social Security Administration. The child could be eligible for payments whether a marriage between the two parents is ongoing or has ended.

If the child is disabled, however, determinations will have to be made concerning what individual is actually to receive the Social Security payments. This is generally determined by actual custody or legal responsibility for the child. For example, if the non-custodial parent […]

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Illinois same-sex couples subject to new SSI application rules

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSI on Friday, February 21, 2014.

The last year has proved to be monumental in expanding same-sex marriage rights across the country. During this time, Illinois was among the states that adopted this policy. This, of course, has had an impact on many families throughout the state.

While states were handling changes in marriage laws, the federal government was also active. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a major component of the Defense of Marriage Act. As a result, federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration, began to make accommodations for legally married same-sex couples.

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How a house fire cost a person their Supplemental Security Income

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSI on Friday, November 22, 2013.

While the possibility of a person losing their home to an explosion, fire, natural disaster or other accident is rather remote, people understandably don’t want to take any chances and will therefore go to great lengths to ensure that they have a sound homeowners’ insurance policy to protect them.

However, what if the unimaginable happens and a person loses their home? Can the insurance proceeds secured for the loss of the home potentially comprise their ability to secure much-needed Supplemental Security Income?

As it turns out, the answer may be […]

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Are SSI requirements denying benefits to deserving families?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSI on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

Started during Nixon’s presidency, the Supplemental Security Income program was designed to provide disability benefits to low-income families to help cover the cost of living and medical expenses. But when approximately six out of every ten applications for children are denied, it’s hard not to notice that deserving families might not be receiving the benefits that they need and deserve.

Families just like one low-income family out of West Philadelphia who are once again going in front of a federal court to appeal their daughter’s denied disability claim. Injured […]

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SSA suggests program to wean children off SSI benefits

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSI on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

A recent article published by Disability Scoop this month may receive mixed emotions from our readers who value the fact that they have access to government assistance and rely on disability benefits to help supplement their incomes to maintain a healthy standard of living. But the aim of a recent program may ruffle a few feathers, especially when it comes to the topic of losing access to these benefits.

We’re talking about the Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income, or PROMISE, program. It’s an initiative designed by the Social […]

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What is Supplemental Security Income?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSI on Thursday, August 29, 2013.

If you’re like a lot of our readers, then you’ve probably wondered what Supplemental Security Income is and who can apply for such benefits. Whether your questions about SSI came up because you heard it mentioned by someone else or are currently applying for disability benefits yourself, knowing what SSI is and how it can help you may be the best way of determining whether you should apply for it down the road.

First, let’s look at what SSI is. It’s a program run by the Social Security Administration […]

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Some call on Congress to ‘scrap the cap’ on Social Security taxes

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSI on Friday, August 9, 2013.

As many of our Illinois readers know, some of the benefits programs offered by the Social Security Administration are funded by payroll taxes from across the nation. But while the system is working, in theory, it’s hard not to notice that the programs are running short on money and relatively quickly.

Some politicians feel that this is because of the seemingly arbitrary payroll tax cap that only taxes the first $113,700 of a person’s income. Some politicians, as well as many people here in Illinois, have already begun questioning where this […]

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