Supplemental Security Income
SSI, or supplemental security income, is a federally run program that provides supplemental income for aged, blind and disabled individuals. This financial assistance is similar to the monthly payments provided by Social Security disability, but with distinct differences in the qualification requirements and the nature of benefits. With 85 years of combined experience and more than $100 million in compensation recovered for clients since 1997, Shook & Stone has the skills and abilities needed to help you obtain SSI benefits.
Who can receive SSI?
Supplemental security income is available to people who are blind, disabled or over the age of 65. Beyond these requirements, applicants must also meet other qualifying criteria, including a limited income and limited resources. This means that the total value of your assets must be less than $2,000 if you are single or $3,000 if you are married. According to the SSA, the value of your home and car will not be counted. In addition to these requirements, applicants must also be U.S. citizens and must apply for any other cash benefits or payments for which they may be eligible. This includes pensions and social security disability benefits.
You supplemental security income will be assessed using several factors. Of these, the most important are your physical condition, your living arrangement and your monthly income. SSI benefits are awarded to people who are blind, disabled or over the age of 65. The maximum amounts for SSI benefits changes year by year, according to the cost of living. For 2012, the maximum federal benefit rate is $698 for an individual and $1,048 for a couple. Your benefit rate can also be supplemented or lowered based on other circumstances. Other sources of income, such as Social Security disability, may result in lower monthly SSI payments.
Work with a Firm that Cares
Supplemental security income can be an incredibly beneficial form of assistance to those in need. Unfortunately, the lengthy and complicated process prevents many qualified applicants from successfully obtaining SSI benefits. At Shook & Stone, we want to make a real difference in the community by providing our support and assistance to help disabled, blind or elderly residents successfully complete the SSI process. In addition, our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys can provide you with the tools, information and resources of other benefit programs for which you may be eligible. If you want to work with a firm that really cares, you need Shook & Stone. Contact us today.