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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

FICA Payroll Taxes Must Be Withheld From Employees Switching From F-1 To H-1B Status*

As a reminder, employers need to be mindful when foreign national employees change from a nonimmigrant status exempt from Social Security and Medicare withholding under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) to a...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

Mercantile Courts of Catalonia’s Conclusions Clarify Aspects of Production Unit Sales

Proceedings from the courts’ seminar address some material uncertainties, but ambiguities — especially over Social Security — remain. Catalonian Mercantile Courts recently held a seminar and reached a common...more

“Mark of the Beast” Claim Busts

In Yeager v. FirstEnergy Generation Corp., No. 5:14cv-567 (N.D. Ohio June 27, 2014), a plaintiff asserted a religious discrimination claim for refusal to hire. In the complaint, he alleged he was not hired because he refused...more

FICA Special Timing Rule for Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Applies Even When Employees Never Receive Deferred Amounts

The Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax is comprised of a Social Security tax, currently at a 6.2 percent rate for each of the employer and employee on wages up to $117,000 (the Social Security "wage base") and a...more

New medical evidence proposal for Social Security Disability

It is common knowledge that applying for Social Security Disability is not an easy process. Any kind of mistake made on the application or missing information can lead to a denial and a lengthy appeal. Currently less than...more

When Life Changes, the Social Security Administration Needs to Know

While the Social Security Administration (SSA) frequently conducts reviews to make sure that people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are still eligible for those...more

When is the optimal time to begin receiving Social Security?

When to begin receiving Social Security benefits depends on each person’s individual circumstances. This article shows how to determine a breakeven point — the age at which the dollar value of more (but smaller) payments...more

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