When you need to file for Social Security benefits, your Atlanta disability attorney can assist you with understanding the application process for disability benefits. However, if you are applying for regular retirement benefits or Medicare, you may be able to process the applications yourself. The following tips will help you file for regular Social Security benefits and provide you with information that you will need if you are applying for disability benefits.
If you are filing for Social Security benefits, you can complete the application online or on the telephone. However, it is not unusual to have to go to a local Social Security office during the application process either to submit supporting documentation or for interview purposes. If you feel more secure applying in person for benefits, you can locate the nearest Social Security office by either visiting their website and entering your zip code into the search box, or checking the local phone book under the government section.
There are many different documents that you will need to submit to the Social Security office to claim your benefits. Your Atlanta disability attorney will explain to you how many, if not all, of these documents will be the same ones that you need to have to file for disability. Your Atlanta disability attorney will also explain that many of these documents are very important documents and may not easily be replaced. When possible, only submit supporting documents that are a copy of the original. If you must submit an original or certified document, make sure it is a replacement document and not the original that you own. You will be required to submit:
In addition to these documents, the Social Security office may also require you to provide:
Be prepared to submit whatever supporting documents that may be necessary to complete our application within the timelines set by the Social Security office. Failure to make submission deadlines can cause your benefits to be delayed.
In addition to the regular application for Social Security benefits, your Atlanta disability attorney will explain to you that you must also complete the Adult Disability Report. This report can be completed online or in person. When you complete a disability report the Social Security office will require you to come in person to an office for an interview. During this interview, you will most likely be asked for the following information:
It is also very important that the Social Security office has a valid phone number and address where you can be reached at all times. Disability claims can be denied or have the case closed if the Social Security office cannot reach the claimant to answer questions.
If you are nearing retirement age, you should begin to make plans to file for benefits. By starting three months prior to your qualifying age, you should begin to receive benefits right about the time you qualify. It is also very important to decide when you take your benefits. Applying for benefits at age 62 can greatly reduce the income you receive. Applying at age 65 or 67, depending on your birth year, will entitle you to larger benefits. If you wait until 70, you can receive the maximum amount of benefits that you are entitled to under the program.
If you qualify for Social Security benefits, you will also qualify for Medicare. You should begin the application process for Medicare three months prior to your 65th birthday. You can apply for these benefits at this time even if you are not going to receive retirement benefits until a later date.
If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits, you should contact the Law Office of Louis B. Lusk at 404.250.7000. The Social Security disability program can be complicated and confusing. Avoid the hassles of being denied disability benefits by having a qualified attorney process your claim. An Atlanta disability attorney can help you file a claim or fight a denial of benefits as your legal representative.