Because they are unable to work, about 12 million Americans with disabilities receive regular income supplements from the government. The truly important ramification of the WEP and GPO on Social Security retirement benefits comes into play during divorce proceedings. Upon attaining age 62 and at the advice of a friend I went to the local Social Security administration to inquire as to the state of my social security retirement.
If you would like the Social Security Administration to attempt to forward a letter, you must send the SSA a written request. The difference between the divorce rules and the rules for married couples is that the ex spouse does not have to have applied for their benefits for the other person to qualify for divorced spouse benefits.
Applying in person at the Social Security Administration means one-on-one help, but it may take waiting in line for a few hours. Some believe that widespread disability fraud in the 1970’s caused a shift in the SSA’s attitude about claimants, who are now assumed to be malingerers faking an illness or injury to get a free handout.
Second, SSA gives the most weight to the disability opinions are rendered by a claimant’s treating physician. All Social Security appeals have a sixty-five day appeal period, if you miss this deadline, you may have to begin your disability claim again. As of now, with the agreement between Social Security Administration and the state called the Section 218 Agreement, local and state government workers are now under the Social Security.
You can fill out an application for Social Security Disability benefits at the local Social Security office nearest to your home or by telephone. There is no set age limit to receiving benefits. Reverse mortgage allows them to take loan against the value of their home, or convert a part of home equity to multiple annual payments, or one lump sum payment.