Some Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits hinge upon not only your physical or mental condition, but also your financial condition. In other words, for some benefits, you must have paid enough Social Security taxes into the system to be able to get money out of the system.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is different, in that SSI is totally need-based. Therefore, children, recent immigrants and formerly self-employed adults are eligible for SSI if they have a qualifying condition. My name is Melvin A. Cook and I am a Salt Lake City SSI attorney. Many of my clients count on the extra financial security that a reliable monthly government check provides. If you think that you or a loved one may have an SSI claim, I can review your case with you at your free initial consultation.
SSI is designed to help people with no assets and no significant work history. SSI is available to people in Utah who are elderly or disabled. An “elderly” person is a person over age 65.
● They cannot perform the job they did before.
● They cannot adjust to other work due to their medical condition(s).The disability is terminal or expected to last at least one year.
● They cannot work at a job involving substantial work.
● They have physical or mental conditions that result in marked or severe functional limitations.
● Their disability is terminal or expected to last at least one year.
In simple terms, a person must be severely limited — almost homebound — to qualify for SSI because of a disability. A person may also have frequent seizures, serious heart problems or another condition that makes them unable to live normal lives.
Many of my clients in Salt Lake City have questions about the SSA’s procedure. To determine eligibility for Social Security disability, the SSA uses a five-step process and asks the following questions:
● Are you working?
● Is your condition severe?
● Is your condition a recognized disability?
● Can you do the work you did previously?
● Can you do any other type of work?
I understand how the system works, what questions hearing officers like to ask and what answers hearing officers like to hear. I take as much time as needed to prepare your case and make an effective presentation at the hearing and any appeals.
At the Law Office of Melvin A. Cook, I work hard for all my clients. But I feel especially motivated to help disadvantaged people obtain the benefits they deserve. Countless people throughout Utah depend on supplemental security income for a good quality of life. Call me at 801.746.5075 or contact me online to schedule your free initial consultation with a Salt Lake City Supplemental Security Income Attorney.
When it comes the family law and social security disability, each client and case is different. It is also important to select an attorney with the experience, skills and professionalism required to address your legal issues. To learn more, contact the Salt Lake City law offices of Melvin A. Cook and schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case.