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Can I Deduct Attorney Fees For Social Security Disability?

Tax season is here again, and for those applying for Social Security Disability (SSD), understanding the tax implications is crucial. One common question that disability lawyers receive this time of year is, “Are attorney fees tax deductible for Social Security disability benefits?” The answer, in short, is yes. When you're applying for SSD benefits, the cost of legal assistance can be part of your tax considerations. These deductions are governed by specific IRS rules and can vary based on individual...

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Can A Person With A Felony Get Disability?

Navigating the complexities of disability benefits can be challenging, especially for those with a felony record. Yes, a person with a felony...

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Why Was I Denied Disability For My Mental Illness?

While many might have the prospective hope that their initial application for Social Security disability benefits will be enough, that’s sadly not the case. The most recent data from February 2024, shows that only 13% of initial applications get approved at the first appeal stage. Fortunately, this rate increases to 30% if the initial application is rejected and then approved, so it’s vital not to give up hope. Due to the nature of medical treatments and care surrounding physical health...

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What Changes Are Coming To Social Security In 2024

2024 is bringing significant updates to Social Security, especially for those receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These changes are crucial for individuals who rely on these benefits for their livelihood. Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Increases SSDI Benefits: Starting in January 2024, the average monthly SSDI benefit will increase by $48 due to the COLA. This means the average monthly benefit will rise from $1,489 in 2023 to $1,537 in 2024. SSI Benefits: The maximum federal...

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How Long Does an Appeal Take for Disability?

Embarking on the journey to secure disability benefits can be challenging, especially when faced with initial denials. If you've found yourself among the 65 percent of applicants who face this setback, the road to appeal becomes a crucial part of the process. Ever wondered about the time it takes to navigate through a disability appeal? Let's explore the timeline and how having a disability lawyer by your side can make a significant difference. The Importance of a Disability Lawyer Filing...

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

The unemployment insurance program pays money to workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. Am I eligible for...

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CALCULATE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

The retirement benefit calculator provides estimates based on the information on your #SocialSecurity earnings record. It is important to note that there...

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APPROVAL FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS

The Social Security Administration provides disability benefits to American workers who are unable to work for a period of more than 12 months due to physical, mental, or emotional illness. If the case meets the #SSA program requirements, it can reduce the case evaluation time to just a few weeks. The program includes a list of illnesses which you must consult and identify if any of them correspond to your illness, this way the approval for the program will be...

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NUMBER OF CREDITS FOR THE RIGHT TO RETIREMENT

The credits are the bases we use to find out if you have the minimum amount of work to be entitled to the different types of #SocialSecurity benefits. For most people, the minimum amount is 40 credits. If you stop working before you have the minimum number of credits, they will accumulate in your record. If you do not have enough credits, benefits cannot be paid to you. If you do not have at least 40 credits, you are not...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be disabled permanently to receive Social Security Disability (SSD)?

A claimant needs to be disabled for at least 12 months or have a medical condition that is terminal or expected to lead to death. Sometimes a claimant is not disabled permanently. In a certain time frame, when they are disabled from working, they could qualify for disability benefits.

It is possible, but rare to receive benefits without any medical evidence to back up your claim. If you do not have recent medical records, it is much harder to win a case. There is a possibility, though not common, that your case might be approved simply by going to a consultative exam by the SSA, where a doctor gives you a physical or mental examination.

One benefit of working with our office is that we will look carefully at your case. If you do not have enough current medical evidence for your claim, we can often give you information about low-income or indigent health services that can help establish a medical record for a low cost or free.

Our law firm, the Law Office of Gerard Lynch, only charges our clients if we win their SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. We charge on a contingency basis, 25% of the back pay awarded to a claimant when we win the case. Our fee is capped at $6000. The fees are regulated by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the agency pays us directly. If we do not win a case, we do not charge anything no matter how much work we have done. Once a client wins and their monthly checks begin, they will keep 100% of their checks.

Social Security Disability (SSD) comes from FICA taxes that are deducted from paychecks during the work history of a person. Every month that a person works and reports income to the government, taxes are deducted which are paid into social security. When FICA taxes are taken out of paychecks, most of it goes into the general Social Security retirement fund. However, a smaller portion goes into the general Social Security disability fund.

Contrary to popular belief, no one has an account set up with the SSA by default, even though all Americans are required to pay taxes into social security. People who become disabled over their lifetime and are not yet eligible to get their full-age retirement benefits can get benefits from the disability fund. They’ll need to apply for these benefits and get approved to receive them.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a different program for disabled people and it is like a form of welfare. More specifically, it is for people who are either too young to have paid enough into the system or have not worked recently enough to receive Social Security Disability (SSD). To receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a claimant has to be equally disabled as a person who receives Social Security Disability (SSD) – the standard for determining disability is the same. One of the main differences in deciding which claimant receives Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) comes from the amount of money paid into the Social Security system over one’s lifetime.

It should also be noted that SSI carries much stricter income and resource qualifications for someone to get approved and maintain these benefits.

If you have any additional questions that we did not answer above, please get in touch with our team at The Law Office of Gerard Lynch. Unlike the larger Social Security disability lawyers of Houston, our office will make sure you’re treated as more than just a claim. Let our attorney review your disability claim and help you seek the peace you deserve.