Experienced Supplemental Security Income Lawyer
You might qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if:
- you are 65 years of age or older
- are disabled or legally blind (any age)
- meet the legal criteria for having limited income and resources
Unlike Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), individuals do not have to have worked to qualify for SSI income.
You are not alone in having a disability
While it can often feel that way — within your daily life and certainly within the legal system to acquire the benefits for which you are entitled — you are among tens of millions of United States citizens who face physical challenges every day of their lives.
Americans living with disabilities
(1 in 5)
Americans living with severe disabilities
(1 in 10)
Source: 2012 U.S. Census Report
Do not fight alone for your disability rights
Yet even if you do meet the non-medical criteria to receive SSI benefits, you still have to qualify medically as well. Proving you qualify requires supporting medical records and other proof of a disabling condition, and sometimes testimony at a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge.
Douglas M. Greene, Esq., has had more than a decade of experience practicing Social Security Disability law — including having worked for the Social Security Administration directly with Administrative Law Judges.
On your behalf, SSDI Lawyers of New Jersey will:
- file and keep track of the immense amount of paperwork required to navigate federal laws
- provide representation at all stages before the Social Security Administration for existing clients where warranted (Mr. Greene does not handle new clients after Administrative Law Judge decisions)
We know that for many people, perhaps yourself, SSI can be the only source of monthly income. “Getting a job” can be impossible due to the many challenges you face due to your disabilities.
We see ourselves as champions for your cause, and will do everything within our power to help you navigate they system and get the financial support you need for yourself and your family.
Frequently asked questions for SSI
How Much Money Can Be Awarded in Monthly SSI Benefits?
The table below lists the combined federal and state payment amounts for SSI in New Jersey. Not all SSI recipients receive the maximum amount. Your payment might be lower if you have other income.
Source: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in New Jersey, SocialSecurity.gov
Whose Income is Considered?
The Social Security Administration can consider, in some circumstances, the income of other people living with the potential SSI recipient when calculating countable income. If a spouse does not receive SSI, part of that person’s income will be included. A disabled child’s payments must count the parents’ income — but the parents’ income is not offset by the child’s income.
How is Income Counted?
Examples of non-countable income are the first $20 of income received in a month, part of your wages (see “What are Earned Income Exclusions?” below), food stamps (SNAP), tax refunds, loans you need to repay, and public benefits based upon need. You can also deduct any impairment-related work expenses, such as the cost of special transportation, from your income.
What are Earned Income Exclusions?
Even if you are working, Social Security excludes the first $65 in earning and one-half of all earnings over $65/month.
Are There Additional New Jersey State Supplements?
New Jersey currently gives supplemental payments to SSI recipients, which vary based upon living situations.
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