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No More Paper Checks for Social Security Disability Recipients

Check_06042014The Social Security Administration (SSA) says it will no longer have the option of sending paper checks to Social Security beneficiaries starting on March 1, 2013.

The U.S. Department of Treasury had ruled to gradually phase out paper checks for federal benefit payments in December 2010. People newly applying to receive federal benefits had to select to receive their benefits electronically. March 1, 2013 is the final deadline for all remaining federal check recipients to receive their benefits electronically. The Treasury Department reported that 5 million checks continue to be mailed. The switch from paper checks will save American taxpayers $1 billion over the next 10 years.

Beneficiaries will need to have the following in order to switch to electronic payments:

• Social Security number,
• 12-digit benefit check number (located on the upper right hand corner of the check),
• amount of the beneficiaries most recent check,
• bank routing number and
• bank account number.

Beneficiaries will have the option of choosing between having their money direct deposited into their bank account or deposited onto a Direct Express debit MasterCard.

"If you or a loved one still receives paper checks for your benefit payments, now is the time to switch. It's free and easy - just call 1-800-333-1795 or visit www.GoDirect.org," said David Lebryk, commissioner of the Treasury Department's Financial Management Service.

What does it mean when an attorney is a "North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law"?

The North Carolina State Bar oversees the licensing of attorneys throughout the state. In some cases, it awards special licensure to attorneys who show special knowledge and proficiency in their specific area practice of law.

According to the North Carolina State Bar, "Certification of lawyers as specialists by an objective entity and according to objective criteria fulfills the mission of the State Bar to protect the public by providing relevant, truthful, and reliable information to consumers of legal services. Certification helps consumers to identify lawyers who have experience and skill in a certain area of practice. Certification also helps lawyers by encouraging them to improve their expertise in particular areas of practice and providing them with a legitimate way of informing the public and other lawyers of this expertise."

Law2_07312014The North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization grants the certification, which has different requirements for each area of law. Typically, a lawyer who wants to become a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist must have a license in good standing, must have spent a certain amount of time practicing in that area of law, must have taken a certain number of hours of continuing legal education, and must take a written test and receive a peer review.

North Carolina is one of only 18 states that offers a legal certification program.

At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, Attorney Rick Fleming is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law. Fleming is dedicated to using his knowledge and experience to trying to help clients get the Social Security benefits that they may deserve.

If you have been denied Social Security benefits, call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 today for a free evaluation of your case.

What is the Difference between Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?

Social Security benefits provide income to people who cannot work. Both Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are designed to provide income to people who cannot work because they are disabled.

The key difference between Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is this: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are provided to people who have developed a disability that is likely to last at least 12 months, preventing them from working, while

Confused1_07082014Social Security Income (SSI) benefits are intended to help support those who are disabled and have a low income and have never been able to work (or have not worked long enough to qualify for SSDI benefits).

There are many criteria that must be met in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. You must start by showing that you have a severe, medically determinable impairment that is expected to result in an inability to work for more than 12 continuous months or that will result in death. A number of factors will be considered to make this determination. You must also have been working a certain amount of time in order to qualify for these benefits.

If you have never worked, or if you have not worked long enough to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you may be able to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To receive these benefits, you must also show that you are disabled and unable to work, and you must meet criteria showing that you have a low income. For more information, check out the Social Security Administration's guidelines (http://www.ssa.gov/ssi/ ).

North Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you are disabled and unable to work, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. However, if you have applied for benefits and have been denied, a North Carolina Social Security disability lawyer may be able to help you. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case. We have a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law who may be able to help you get the benefits you may need.

Social Security Administration Announces Offices to Close Earlier Amidst Strained Budget

TimeMoney_07312014Starting Nov. 19, Social Security field offices throughout the country will close 30 minutes earlier each day, and starting Jan. 2, they will close at noon on Wednesdays.

In a press release, the agency said that "significantly reduced funding provided by Congress under the continuing resolution for the first six months of the fiscal year makes it impossible for the agency to provide the overtime needed to handle service to the public as it has done in the past."

While the offices are closed early to the public, employees will work on processing cases and clearing out backlogs. The move will help employees to avoid incurring overtime.

A spokesperson said that the Social Security Administration is operating on significantly less funding than it requested and than President Obama requested.

Numerous offices have already been consolidated over the past couple of years to try to cut the agency's budget. However, hundreds of thousands of people visit the agency's offices or call for assistance every day, and those numbers are only expected to rise as the Baby Boomer population continues to age.

The agency notes that most services provided by the Social Security Administration do not require a visit to an office, including applying for retirement, disability or Medicare benefits. Many services can be completed online at www.socialsecurity.gov or by calling 1-800-772-1213.

North Carolina Social Security Lawyers

If you have been denied Social Security benefits or have questions about your legal rights, call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation and to find out if one of our North Carolina Social Security lawyers may be able to help you.

Social Security Ruling May Pave the Way for Other Mentally Disabled Claimants

DownSyndrome_06132014The Social Security Administration has agreed to a settlement that some say is the first of its kind and that requires the agency to provide staff training and assistance to two mentally disabled men who lost benefits.

The two San Francisco men - whose ailments include schizophrenia, autism, severe anxiety and functional illiteracy - said they lost their benefits because they were unable to understand the rules.

One man saw a reduction in benefits because he did not deduct qualified expenses from his income, then lost his benefits altogether after signing an inaccurate income statement. The other man was disqualified from receiving benefits after an inaccurate review of his past income.

The settlement requires the Social Security Administration to assign a staff expert to meet with the men to go over forms and requirements for applying for benefits and to help them provide the information needed to protect their rights. The agency also agreed to pay $900,000 for the men's legal fees.

Signaling Change for Other Mentally Disabled Claimants?

Steven Bruce, the legal director of the People with Disabilities Foundation, which represented the two men, said that this appears to be the first court case in the nation that has required a federal agency to accommodate the needs of a mentally ill or disabled person.

Though the Social Security Administration started making accommodations for some disabled recipients after a judge ordered it to do so - sending notices to blind recipients in Braille or on audio discs and making similar arrangements for the deaf and hard-of-hearing - it has not provided such accommodations for those with mental or learning disabilities.

Bruce said the settlement could help to raise awareness of the issue and "ideally pave the way for millions of other mentally and developmentally disabled Americans to actually receive the equal, meaningful access" that is their right.

North Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you have been denied social security disability, the North Carolina social security disability lawyers at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin may be able to help! Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free, confidential evaluation of your case.

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