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Many people only associate disability benefits with physical disablement, but there are also certain mental disorders that qualify under the Social Security Administration’s eligibility requirements. In particular, anxiety disorders that impair an individual’s ability to return to work can qualify for coverage. These anxiety disorders include phobic disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
In order to qualify for anxiety-related disability, you need to show medical documentation that you exhibit three out of four of the following symptoms: motor tension, autonomic hyperactivity, apprehensive expectation, or vigilance and scanning. You may also need to show a persistent irrational fear of certain objects, activities, or situations. The Social Security Administration will examine this documentation to determine if your anxiety-disorder inhibits your ability to return to work or to seek employment elsewhere.
Call (618) 207-3770 to speak with the Social Security attorneys at Dixon & Johnston, P.C. Our attorneys have specialized knowledge handling Social Security claims, including SSDI and SSI claims.
Last updated 4 days ago
The United States Social Security Administration regulates both Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income payments. Even though these programs sound similar, they vary considerably in the kind of individuals they cover and the payment plans they offer. In order to fully understand which program you qualify for, it’s crucial that you meet with an attorney who has significant experience handling matters in Social Security law.
In order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, you need to meet the disability qualifications as well as show that you have paid Social Security taxes and are therefore insured for benefits. Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income requires you to show that you have a limited income, limited resources, and are a United States citizen. You can apply for SSI benefits if you are an adult or child with a disability or if you are an individual over the age of 65.
The monthly payment you receive through SSDI is based on your record of Social Security earnings during your time of employment. Payments under SSI, on the other hand, are based on your need and will vary up to the maximum federal benefit rate. In some states, additional money is added to the limit of federal SSI payments. However, this amount might be lower if you do in fact still have work income.
If you qualify for SSDI, you will receive Medicare coverage automatically after two years of receiving your disability payments. In most states, you will be automatically eligible to receive Medicaid if you also receive Supplemental Security Income. The main difference between these two coverage programs is that SSDI pays you and your family members if you are insured through Social Security taxes, while SSI is based solely on financial need.
Dixon & Johnston, P.C. can help you understand your Social Security disability qualifications. Each of our attorneys focuses on a particular area of law to ensure that our clients get the quality, specialized legal representation they deserve. Call us today at (618) 207-3770 to learn more.
Last updated 9 days ago
The Social Security Administration offers three different kinds of disability benefits: benefits for disabled workers, benefits for widows, and benefits for disabled adult children. Each of these categories has its own set of qualifications for determining SSD eligibility. In addition, the SSA also outlines the age limit and number of credits these individuals need to stay eligible for Social Security Disability.
In this video, you will learn more about each of these three categories of disability coverage. Interestingly, divorced spouses of deceased workers as well as widows can collect SSD benefits at the same time. However, the amount of disability individuals are eligible for depends on the credits accumulated and the age of the beneficiaries.
Would you like to learn more about Social Security Disability? Contact Dixon & Johnston, P.C. at (618) 207-3770 or by visiting us at our website.
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Chapter 7 bankruptcy is sometimes referred to as “straight” or “liquidation” bankruptcy because it involves the sale of your non-exempt assets to cover a portion of your debt. After your non-exempt assets are sold and a portion of your debt is paid off, you will no longer be responsible for the remainder of your debt obligation. The overall process takes between four to six months and typically only requires one trip to the courthouse.
You can only qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy if you have not already received a bankruptcy discharge in the past six to eight years or if you don’t qualify for a repayment plan under a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition. To begin the process, you will need to first attend credit counseling from a United States Trustee approved agency. Next, you will need to provide a complete list of your property, current income and monthly living expenses, as well as total debt. Property that will be exempt from sale includes clothing, household furniture, Social Security payments, and sometimes the equity in your home.
To learn more about qualifying for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, schedule a meeting with Dixon & Johnston, P.C. You can reach us at (618) 207-3770 or through our website.
Last updated 16 days ago
When you are faced with constant phone calls from your creditor or the threat of foreclosure, one of the best things you can do is to talk to an experienced lawyer about your bankruptcy options. As soon as you file a bankruptcy petition, the collection calls will stop, sale of your assets with cease, and your wage garnishments will be removed. However, filing the petition is just the beginning of the bankruptcy process, so it’s important to find a bankruptcy lawyer you can trust and whom you feel comfortable working with in the long run.
Specialized bankruptcy knowledge
In recent years, bankruptcy law has seen dramatic changes. In 2005, Congress changed the bankruptcy code by passing the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act. These changes made it more difficult for individuals to meet the minimum threshold income to qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. In order for your petition to be successful, your bankruptcy attorney needs to have knowledge of these changes and an understanding of how they apply to your case.
Good client reviews
A great way to determine whether or not a potential attorney has specialized knowledge in the bankruptcy field is to check out previous client reviews on his or her website. Not only will these reviews give you an idea of an attorney’s experience, but they also provide some insight as to what it would be like to work with a particular attorney throughout this process.
Comfortable relationship with clients
Filing for bankruptcy is a highly emotional, personal matter, so it’s important that you feel comfortable speaking with your attorney about your financial issues. Even if your attorney is highly qualified in bankruptcy law, it can take a toll on your case if you don’t establish a good lawyer-client relationship with this individual.
The attorneys at Dixon & Johnston, P.C. specialize in a specific area of law to ensure that our clients receive the best possible representation. John Johnston, in particular, focuses on helping clients resolve their bankruptcy issues. To schedule a consultation, give us a call at (618) 207-3770.