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Chicago Social Security Attorneys
Illinois Supplemental Security Income Lawyers
Social Security Disability law requires that a person meet a strict definition of “disability” in order to receive benefits. In order to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the person must also demonstrate that he or she has limited income and financial resources. Because social security disability law requires that an application include specific detailed information, and because the claim application process may require a hearing before an adjudicator or Administrative Law Judge, the assistance of a skilled Chicago social security disability and SSI attorney.
The Chicago SSI and social security disability attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC have more than 14 years of experience helping clients through the social security disability claim process and we have considerable knowledge regarding the social security disability requirements. Contact us at (800) 442-6546 for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you at every stage of the social security disability claim process.
Social Security Disability Requirements (SSDI)
In order to be eligible to receive Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, a person must meet the following requirements:
- Have a physical or mental medical condition that prevents him or her from engaging in “substantial gainful activity” and is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death;
- Be under the age of 65;
- Have earned enough “work credits.”
There are no limitations on the disabled person’s income or resources.
Supplemental Security Income
In order to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a person must demonstrate that he or she meets the definition of “disability” and satisfy certain financial requirements.
- Income Limitations. You must have limited income, with the specific amount set by your geographic location. Generally, income includes money that you earn from employment, as well as Social Security benefits, pensions, alimony, child support, interest and room and board provided to you on a regular basis. Social Security laws do, however, exclude certain income when determining whether or a not an applicant is eligible for supplemental security income, including some work expenses for blind or disabled persons.
- Asset Limitations. SSI laws limit the amount of assets you may own to $2,000 (or $3000 in the case of a married couple if both receive SSI). Certain property is generally excluded when determining the value of your assets.
Get the Support of an Experienced Social Security Disability Attorney
Contact the Chicago social security disability attorneys at Ankin Law Offices to schedule your free consultation to learn more about the social security disability requirements and a possible SSI benefits claim.