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2016 Cost of Living Adjustments

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2016 cost of living adjustments to various limits. The adjusted amounts generally apply for plan years beginning in 2016. Some of the adjusted amounts, however, apply to calendar...more

CFPB Releases Retirement Tool

On November 12th, 2015 the CFPB released “Planning for Retirement,” an interactive, online tool designed to help consumers decide when to claim social security....more

Budget Deal Limits Payment to New Off-Campus Hospital Outpatient Departments

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “Act”) into law. The Act, widely hailed as a rare act of bipartisan cooperation, raises the federal debt ceiling and sets federal spending...more

Internal Reinstatement: Main Aspects Of The Reform / Reclassement Interne : Points Forts De La Réforme

The Act of 23 July 2015 amending the Labour Code and the Social Security Code with regard to the provisions on internal and external reinstatement (“reclassement interne et externe”) (hereinafter the Act) was published in the...more

Health Care Update - October 2015

Senate Working Group Pressing Forward on Telehealth - As Congress focuses on bigger picture policy decisions, including broad budget negotiations and raising the debt ceiling, there are some exciting developments on the...more

D.M. 19 Giugno 2015: Il Decreto Sul Credito D'imposta Per - Enti E Fondi Previdenziali

La presente newsletter analizza il Decreto del Ministro dell'Economia e delle Finanze 19 giugno 2015 (pubblicato in Gazzetta Ufficiale n. 175 del 30 luglio 2015) (di seguito, il "Decreto") concernente condizioni, termini e...more

Have You Considered A Reverse Mortgage?

Are you at least 62 years of age and have 50% or more equity in your primary residence? Then the reverse mortgage, also referred to as a home equity conversion mortgage, is something you might want to think about. Reverse...more

Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples After Obergefell

Many areas of the law are left unanswered by Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell , but the fundamental question of whether same-sex individuals can marry has now been answered. There have traditionally been many obstacles...more

Prepare the right way for a Social Security Disability appeal

People claiming Social Security Disability benefits often must appeal at least one unfavorable decision from the Social Security Administration....more

Drug addiction and SSD benefits

People seeking Social Security Disability benefits must meet stringent medical criteria. Given this requirement, many people may believe complicating medical issues, such as drug addiction, preclude a person from receiving...more

Does getting married affect my Social Security Disability?

Anyone who receives Social Security Disability benefits knows that the financial and medical criteria beneficiaries must meet are strict. As a Social Security lawyer Chicago can attest, many changes in living situation can...more

How much Social Security tax do you pay?

Social Security Disability benefits are usually awarded to people cannot perform work with monthly income over $1,070. Many benefit recipients in Chicago do not earn enough income to pay taxes....more

Will rules involving Social Security Disability be tightening?

The Social Security Administration follows strict rules when evaluating whether a person meets the definition of “disabled” and qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits....more

How much will my Social Security Disability payment be?

People seeking Social Security Disability benefits often want to know how much they will receive if their claims are approved. Many people may think calculating a benefit amount should be simple....more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Attention, Health Insurers: Unique Encryption Requirements in NJ

Setting a new standard for encryption, New Jersey has enacted a new law (P.L. 2014, c. 88, codified at N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 56:8-196 - 56:8-198) effective August 1, 2015, requiring health insurance carriers authorized to issue...more

Can you lose your SSD benefits?

Social Security Disability benefits are only awarded to people who suffer from long-term disabling conditions and, as a result, cannot work gainfully....more

French Social Taxes: Taxpayers Subject to Social Security Contributions in Another EU Member State Could Claim a Refund

EU resident individual taxpayers who have paid French social taxes (contribution sociale généralisée (CSG), contribution au remboursement de la dette sociale (CRDS) and prélèvements sociaux) on France-originating real estate...more

House Passes Rule Change Making It Harder to Fund Social Security Disability Trust Fund

In one of its first acts of the new Congress, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives changed its rules to prevent lawmakers from shifting money from the Social Security retirement trust fund to the Social Security...more

Social Security Disability for children and how it works

Parents who are raising a disabled child in Illinois may struggle to provide for the child’s care and special expenses. Many parents wonder about the availability of outside support, such as Social Security Disability...more

Tips on financially surviving the wait for Social Security Disability approval

By definition, people who qualify for Social Security Disability benefits cannot work gainfully. Many people in Illinois face significant financial hardships when applying for Social Security Disability benefits....more

Social Security Disability and spinal cord injuries

The spinal cord carries nerve signals between the brain and body. A spinal cord injury can result in partial or total disruption of these signals, leading to loss of movement or sensation below the level of injury. While some...more

Can you claim Social Security Disability as well as workers’ compensation?

Work-related injuries contribute to about 1 in 20 cases of disability, according to the Council for Disability Awareness. Workers’ compensation insurance provides financial support to Illinois workers who have suffered...more

Social Security Disability is available for certain mental disorders

Mental disorders affects tens of millions of people in the U.S, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. For many Chicago residents, these disorders are highly debilitating. In 2012, over 9.6 million American...more

Think Carefully Before Giving Gift Cards to an SSI Recipient

The holidays are here and most families are busy shopping for gifts for their loved ones. According to the National Retail Federation, gift cards are once again expected to be the most popular gift given because they are easy...more

Social Security Benefits to Inch Up 1.7 Percent in 2015

The nation's elderly and disabled Social Security recipients will receive a 1.7 percent increase in payments in 2015. This is expected to raise the average monthly payment for the typical retired worker by $22. The increase...more

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