Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be available if you meet eligibility requirements. To learn more about your rights or for help if you were denied benefits, contact a Fayetteville disability attorney.
Overview of Supplemental Security Income
SSI can help individuals who have limited resources and income. These are monthly payments given to those who are blind, disabled, or are 65 and older.
Limited income applies not only to wages but also to pensions and Social Security benefits. There are income limits in each state, so you will need to contact an attorney to learn what these limits are where you live.
Not all income you receive is counted. Again, this is a reason you may wish to consult with an attorney. They can help determine if you meet income requirements.
In addition to limited income, you must have limited resources. This can include cash, real estate, stocks and bonds, or bank accounts. Generally, your resources must not be more than $2,000 as an individual, not more than $3,000 as a couple.
Applying for Supplemental Security Income
To apply for SSI, you will need to complete an application, which can be done online or in person at your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office. There will be certain types of information that you must have.
Some of the documentation that will be necessary when applying for SSI includes:
- bank account information (savings, loans, credit unions);
- Social Security card;
- proof of citizenship or eligible noncitizen status;
- birth certificate (or something else that proves your age);
- if applying due to blindness or disability, contact information of clinics, hospitals or doctors who have treated you;
- information about your residence (landlord’s contact information or mortgage company); and
- any documentation pertaining to other income (insurance policies, payroll slips, etc.).
It is important to apply as soon as you can. Otherwise, you may lose out on benefits since they cannot be paid anytime prior to the effective date of your application.
If your claim is denied, you have the right to appeal that decision. You can do this on your own but it is usually a good idea to have legal representation.
Keep in mind that you have certain rights. Not only do you have the right to apply, but also you have the right to receive help from SSA if you are unable to complete the forms.
You also have the right to hire an attorney who will represent you. They can go along with you to your appointments.
In addition, you may not know that you also have the right to be notified in writing whether you are eligible and if there are any changes to your benefit amount. You can review your file at any time you wish.
Contacting a Fayetteville Disability Attorney
It is best to secure legal counsel from the very beginning. A disability attorney can explain the process, what types of documents will be necessary for your case, and make sure that your rights are protected at all times.
The team of disability attorneys at Brent & Adams Associates serves residents in Dunn, Fayetteville, Raleigh and other cities throughout the state of North Carolina. We can help determine if you qualify for SSI and what steps to take if your application was denied.
Pursuing SSI can become time-consuming and complicated. This is why it may be in your best interest to arrange for a free consultation. Contact us today to learn how you can protect your legal rights. We can also explain the legal options that may be available and what you should do if your application for SSI was denied – 1-800-849-5931 or 910-892-8177.