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When does Social Security determine a condition to be disabling?

Social Security Disability benefits provide support to people who cannot work because they suffer from disabling conditions. However, as Berwyn Social Security lawyers know, qualifying for benefits can be challenging even for...more

How does Social Security assess your physical residual functional capacity?

Physical residual functional capacity is a measure of a person’s functional abilities. The Social Security Administration considers RFC when evaluating claims involving medical conditions that are not automatically recognized...more

NCOIL Revises Unclaimed Property Model Act

The National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) recently adopted an enhanced Model Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act to address particular concerns regarding the Social Security Death Master File (the DMF). The...more

Rising numbers of disability recipients linked to female workers and baby boomers

The number of Social Security Disability benefit recipients has increased dramatically in recent decades, as many Chicago residents know. According to The Washington Post, from 1980 to 2010, the number of beneficiaries rose...more

Punishing Good Deeds in California

Most state treasurers now demand that life insurers search public databases, such as the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File (DMF), for potential claims. State treasurers similarly require insurers to remit...more

A Delayed Christmas – Client Receives Waiver of $17,000 Social Security Overpayment

On a recent Monday morning, I opened a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) advising that my client’s nearly $17,000 overpayment had been fully waived. SSA had actually overpaid him for an entire year, by...more

5 tips on how to document your medical condition for SSD

Many Social Security Disability claims are denied for medical reasons. In August 2014, the Social Security Administration reported that over 20 percent of all 2010 SSD claims were denied on this basis....more

What happens in a Social Security Disability consultative examination?

Inadequate medical evidence is a common reason for Social Security Disability claim denial. However, when people seeking SSD benefits in Chicago fail to provide all of the evidence necessary for a final claim decision, the...more

Common errors found on Social Security Disability applications

Most people in Illinois know that the Social Security Disability denial rate is high. Unfortunately, lack of a legitimate disability is not always the reason for claim denial. Instead, denials often occur because of mistakes...more

ERISA-Disability: 1 in 3 Social Security Administration Disability Determinations Involve Mental Disorder Diagnosis

As you know, ERISA plan administrators must consider Social Security Administration (SSA) disability determinations when making the disability benefit decision. ERISA plan administrators are not bound by the SSA’s...more

The Blue Book and its role in determining disability eligibility

The Social Security Administration’s evaluation process is a source of confusion for many people seeking Social Security Disability benefits. The “Blue Book” is one important resource for Chicago applicants to understand. ...more

Seeking SSD benefits for blindness

Blindness affects more than 1 million Americans over the age of 40, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The condition can introduce significant medical expenses and markedly restrict a person’s abilities. Many...more

Mistakes to avoid on your SSD application

The Social Security Administration uses strict standards to evaluate whether disabled individuals qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. The SSD application process is also highly technical. Even if applicants in...more

Executive Order Requires State Agencies and State Contractors to Use E-Verify

On December 3, 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry issued Executive Order No. RP-80, which requires state agencies and state contractors to use E-Verify. The Order imposes, as a condition of all state contracts for service, a...more

Using the SSA blue book to determine disability

Chicago residents who suffer from disabling conditions often think their impairments clearly qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. However, many SSD claims are denied because of the Social Security Administration’s...more

What Employers Need to Know about the New myE-Verify Program

Last month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the launch of myE-Verify—a new website for employees. Whereas E-Verify is used by employers, the myE-Verify website is intended to be one-stop shop for employees...more

What does a telephone interview with a Social Security claims representative involve?

For people seeking Social Security Disability benefits, a telephone interview is often the most convenient or physically feasible option. However, many Illinois applicants do not know what to expect from this interview....more

USCIS Launches New myE-Verify Service For Employees*

On October 6, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new web-based compliance tool for employees called myE-Verify. The new website will serve as a companion tool to E-Verify, the free...more

Benefit and Contribution Limits for 2015

The Commissioner of Internal Revenue has adjusted the dollar limitations for benefits and contributions that apply to retirement plans. The Social Security Administration has also increased the Social Security taxable wage...more

USCIS Launches New E-Verify Website

E-Verify is the internet-based system through which employers can verify the work eligibility of new hires. Upon hiring a new employee, the employer checks the employee’s information against Department of Homeland Security...more

Massachusetts Treasurer Demands National Mutual Fund Records in Multistate Unclaimed Property Audit

Late this summer, the Massachusetts Treasurer demanded mutual fund records on a nationwide basis as part of a multistate unclaimed property audit. Thirty-five (35) states are involved in the audit, but the Treasurer has...more

Louisiana Issues Advisory Letter Regarding Use of the Social Security Administration's Death Master File

On September 4, the Louisiana Department of Insurance issued Advisory Letter 2014-04 (the "Advisory") to advise all life and annuity insurers licensed in Louisiana regarding use of the Social Security Administration's Death...more

Where Oh Where Could They Be? Finding Missing Participants Under the New DOL Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued updated guidance on locating missing participants in a terminated defined contribution plan. The guidance reflects the discontinuance of the IRS and SSA letter forwarding...more

DOL Guidance Regarding Locating Missing Participants Requires Plan Fiduciaries To Make Reasonable Attempts To Locate The...

Locating and distributing the account balances of missing or unresponsive participants invokes ERISA’s fiduciary duty rules. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) had previously issued guidance outlining the expectations and...more

DOL Updates Procedures for Locating Missing Participants in Defined Contribution Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released Field Assistance Bulletin 2014-01 (the “FAB”), which updates DOL’s guidance on locating missing participants when a defined contribution plan, such as a 401(k) plan, is...more

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