Oklahoma Supplemental Security Income Lawyer
We can help you apply for SSI benefits, file an appeal if necessary
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be a lifeline for people with disabilities and their families who do not qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. This government program was created for low-income residents struggling to make ends meet.
Trying to determine if you qualify for SSI can be extremely confusing. That’s why we strongly urge residents who believe they might be eligible to contact us as soon as possible. Our experienced Oklahoma attorneys at Lawter & Associates, PLLC can meet with you and explain your legal rights. We understand the law because we’ve been doing this work in Oklahoma for more than 40 years.
This may be your only time to obtain compensation. Don't let this opportunity slip through your fingers. Contact us today. Call our Oklahoma City office at (866) 584-1027 or our Tulsa office at (866) 584-1028 and schedule a free case evaluation.
Who is eligible for Supplemental Security Income?
The federal government created the Supplemental Security Income program primarily to help low-income residents, particularly the elderly, infirm and those who were laid off or lost their job. In order to qualify for SSI, participants must earn less than specific defined amount.
According to the Social Security website, some of the most common recipients of SSI benefits include:
- Low income residents over 65 years old
- Blind adults
- Adults with a disability
- Minor children
Specifically, according to the Social Security website, adults with a disability are defined as people age 18 or older who "have a physical or mental condition (or combination of conditions) that keeps them from working and the condition is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death."
How are SSI payments determined?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) determines how much eligible recipients receive in SSI benefits based on a precise formula. The SSA deducts your countable unearned income and your countable earned income from the current maximum Federal Benefit Amount. The difference is the amount you can receive in SSI benefits, which is also sometimes referred to as your federal amount payable. In addition, you must meet the federal government’s maximum income limit restrictions in order to qualify for SSI payments.
What is the income limit for SSI benefits?
The income limit for the SSI program is based on the federal benefit rate (FBR). The federal benefit rate combines the SSI income limit and the maximum federal monthly SSI payment. Such rates vary for individuals and couples and often include cost of living increases.
Not all income counts toward your FBR. Some income is exempt. If you are working, less than half of your monthly earnings will be counted toward the income limit. Understanding this complicated system can be a challenge. Talk to an experienced SSI lawyer to find out if you qualify for benefits.
Are SSI benefits taxable and considered income?
SSI benefits are not considered taxable income in the eyes of the government. As a result, you do not have to report SSI income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Even so, you must report all income sources to the Social Security Administration if you are receiving SSI benefits. Failure to do so could result in the Social Security Administration revoking your SSI benefits. That’s because payments are intended primarily for people who do not meet certain income requirements. To learn more, talk to a lawyer who can help guide you through this complex legal process.
What should I do if my SSI application is denied?
Unfortunately, even people who should qualify for SSI sometimes have their application denied for any number of reasons. Sometimes, it's because the application was filled out wrong. Other times, the reasons are much more complex.
Whatever the reason, it's important to appeal your denied SSI application as soon as possible. You only have 60 days to formally appeal your denied SSI application. You need to do so in writing 60 days from the date you received your SSI denial notice. Otherwise, you will have to start the application process all over again.
How does the SSI appeal process work?
Often, there are several steps you need to go through if you decide to appeal your denied SSI application. First, you can request a reconsideration in writing. You will need to do so by filling out one of two forms: Form SSA 561 (Request for Reconsideration) or a Form SSA-789 (Request for Reconsideration - Disability Cessation).
If your request for reconsideration is denied, you can request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). You must make your request within 60 days of receiving your request for reconsideration denial letter.
If an Administrative Law Judge denies your SSI appeal, you can require a review by the Social Security Administration’s Appeals Council. You must do so within 60 days of the Administrative Law Judge’s decision.
If the Appeals Council denies your SSI appeal, you can file a lawsuit (civil action) in the U.S. District Court in your area. You have 60 days to take legal action after you have received your Appeals Council decision.
At any step in your appeal process, you can have an attorney represent you and assist you with your formal appeal, whether it’s representing you in court or helping you fill out the necessary government forms.
Why should I hire an Oklahoma SSI lawyer?
Supplemental Security Income cases might seem straightforward. Many people might think their disability case will be resolved quickly and they will get the money they rightfully deserve. Unfortunately, that's not always true.
Don't underestimate the complexity of your SSI case in Oklahoma. Get experienced legal advice now. Contact Lawter & Associates, PLLC. When you hire us, we can gather the evidence you need and will work tirelessly to help you obtain SSI benefits.
In addition, we often help people applying for SSI fill out their application or appealing a denied SSI claim in Oklahoma. You have too much riding on the outcome of this case. Don't take chances with your future. Take action. Call our Oklahoma City office at (866) 584-1027 or our Tulsa office at (866) 584-1028 and schedule an appointment today.
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