October 2012

Jim T. Miller: Direct Deposit Options for Social Security Recipients.

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Another example of the government telling you what to do whether you like it or not.


Rose Ann DeMoro: It's Up to All of Us to Save Social Security.

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What will the future look like?

Changes can be made without taking away all retirement and Social Security Disability programs.

Governor seeks to calm taxpayers after security breach – Technology on NBCNews.com.

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I have had several clients with the social security number stolen. Make sure to check your earnings record to make sure it looks correct.

Weighing the odds of disability | StarTribune.com.

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There are 2 separate programs. Private disability and Social Security Disability. You must pay for private disability separately. You have Social Security Disability if you pay into the system through your payroll taxes.

Families face long waits for Social Security disability benefits – baltimoresun.com.

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Amazing story. Good explanation of the Social Security Disability system and how many people are seeking benefits.

Is your lawyer holding up your Social Security Disability hearing?

I doubt it very much.

A Social Security Disability attorney has very little control over when your hearing goes before the Administrative Law Judge.

So much for those lawyers who advertise that they can get you a fast hearing date for your Disability case.

Each State is different and even regions within a State will differ for time frames.

Here is how it works in Central Illinois.

The initial application will be evaluated and denied or approved within 3 months.

The reconsideration level will take 3 months.

If a Request for Hearing is necessary, it will take approximately 9 months for the hearing to be scheduled.

Why does it take so long?

There are a large amount of applications and not enough workers to review them all.

There are only a certain amount of Administrative Law Judges in each hearing office.

Lawyers cannot request that your case be scheduled ahead of another case.

The Hearing office is in charge of setting the dates.

The Hearing office calls the attorney and tells them these are the hearing dates for your cases.

The Social Security lawyer cannot request a certain judge or to change judges.

The only thing a lawyer may do is request that a hearing be speeded up because of hardship.

Hardship means that you are being evicted or are in some dire circumstances.

Once again the Social Security hearing office makes the final call on these requests.

Questions about your Social Security Disability case? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Lauren Ritchie Social Security: Social Security should change way it treats brain tumor patients – OrlandoSentinel.com.

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That is what you get from an over burdened agency with not enough workers.

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