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Frequently Asked Questions

Reach us at if you cannot find an answer to your question or want more information. Each person's situation is different; these questions and answers are for general information only.

Do I qualify for Benefits?

The immediate answer is, "it depends". Several factors determine whether you should start a claim with the Social Security Administration. The first question to answer is whether you are currently working. If you are and you make over a certain amount of money each month, you will not qualify for benefits. The monthly allowed amount changes annually. If the answer to the first question is no or you are under the allowed amount, the second question is, are my impairments medically determinable and have or will they last for at least 12 months? If the answer to both questions is yes then you should start the application process. If you are not sure about an answer, call our office and we can dicuss the situation with you!

How long does the process take?

Most Initial Applications take between 6 and 8 months. Much of this time depends on how long your doctors take to respond to the requests for records. Requests for Reconsideration generally take between 4 and 6 months. Hearings before the Administrative Law Judge take 6 to 12 months.

How much does it cost?

There are no out-of-pocket attorney fees for our clients. The Social Security Administration pays our attorney fees directly from the accrued back benefits. The SSA must approve all fees before they are released. There is never a fee if you do not receive benefits. Currently, the SSA determines attorney fees at 25% of the back benefits up to $7,500.00. Attorneys are never due anything from any future benefits clients receive.

How do I start?

You can start an application for benefits several ways. 1. You can call us and we will start the process for you. 2. You can go on-line to and start. 3. You can go to or call your local field office for an appointment to start the claim.

Can I work?

People are currently allowed to work and make up to $1,550.00 per month before tax and before being approved to receive benefits. SSI benefit recipients who are working will have a deduction in the amount of their monthly benefits. Please remember any person receiving SSI must inform the Social Security Administration of any work done each month.

I have no income, what do I do?

The Federal Government does not offer any temporary benefits while your claim is pending. You can contact your local DHHS office to see if you qualify for benefits through their office. Please note that some DHHS offices will require you to repay the benefits you receive from them during the pendency of your social security claim.

What does disability mean?

The Social Security Administration defines disability as a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that prevents an individual from engaging in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) and is expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death. Sounds pretty simple. But what is a medically determinable physical or mental impairment? Click here for a deep dive. What is substantial gainful activity (SGA)? Click here to find out more.

I applied before andf I was denied, what can I do now?

Call our office! Many times, even though someone has been denied, we are able to get them approved. Each person's case is different and we are happy to discuss your situation and let you know what we can do to help you.

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