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Need a Supplemental Security Income Lawyer in Palm Desert, California?

Has your supplemental security income claim been denied? Attorney Bill LaTour is here to help navigate the SSI application and appeal processes. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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At The Law Offices of Dr. Bill LaTour, we’re dedicated to assisting clients in Palm Desert who have faced denials of their Supplemental Security Income applications. Our Palm Desert disability lawyers ensure thorough representation and professional guidance throughout the appeals process. 

If you need support in securing the benefits you are entitled to, contact our SSI lawyers in Palm Desert for more information on how we can help you navigate the legal challenges. We offer free initial case reviews and work on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t owe us anything unless we win for you.

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We Make It Easy

We strive to make this difficult process as easy as possible. You don’t even have to leave your house. We’ll meet with you over the phone!

You Deserve Benefits

If you’re living with a severe disability that prevents you from working and doing everyday activities, you may be entitled to SSI benefits. Let our team help you get the financial support you deserve.

We Work for You

When you call our office, you’ll get a partner in seeking SSI benefits. The best part is that our attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis, so there are no upfront fees and you won’t owe us anything unless we win your case!

Supplemental Security Income Prerequisites 

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is designed for individuals who are disabled, blind, or aged 65 and older with limited income and resources. SSI provides financial support for basic needs like food, shelter, and clothing.

To qualify for SSI through the Social Security Administration (SSA), applicants must meet several criteria:

    • Age or Disability: Must be 65+ years old, blind, or disabled.
    • Income & Assets: Must have limited income and assets. Learn more about SSI income and asset limits below.
    • Citizenship/Residency: Must be a U.S. citizen or meet specific residency requirements.
    • Application: Must apply for benefits.
  • Other Requirements: Applicants cannot be confined to a government-funded institution (like prison), be absent from the U.S., or have a warrant for an outstanding felony or parole violation. 

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Income & Asset Limitations for SSI Eligibility

When receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), any additional income can affect your eligibility and the amount of SSI benefits you receive. Here’s an overview of how additional income impacts SSI:

  • Income Limits: SSI is designed to help individuals with minimal income. If your total income, including earnings, pensions, or other Social Security benefits, exceeds a certain threshold, your SSI benefits may be reduced or you may become ineligible. Learn more about income and asset limits for SSI benefits.
  • Earned and Unearned Income: Both earned income (from employment) and unearned income (such as pensions or other benefits) are considered. However, not all income is counted towards the limit. The Social Security Administration (SSA) excludes a portion of your earnings to encourage work activity.
  • Income Effect on Benefits: Any income above the allowed exclusions generally reduces your SSI benefits dollar for dollar. This means if you earn money above the threshold, your SSI payment decreases accordingly.
  • Income Reporting Requirements: All changes in income must be reported to the SSA to ensure that SSI payments are adjusted correctly and to avoid overpayments, which can lead to penalties.

Differences Between SSI & SSDI 

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are both programs administered by the Social Security Administration designed to provide financial support to individuals with disabilities, but they have different eligibility requirements and purposes.

SSI (Supplemental Security Income):

SSI is a safety net for those with minimal financial resources regardless of their work history.

  • Purpose: SSI is designed to help elderly, blind, or disabled individuals who have little or no income, providing financial assistance for basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter.
  • Eligibility: To qualify for SSI, individuals must be 65 or older, blind, or disabled with limited income and resources. SSI is needs-based and does not require the recipient to have a work history.

SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance):

SSDI is an insurance program that serves individuals who have contributed to the system through previous employment.

  • Purpose: SSDI provides income supplements to people who are physically restricted in their ability to be employed because of a notable disability (usually physical).
  • Eligibility: SSDI eligibility is contingent upon having a disability and sufficient work credits, which are based on the individual’s work history and contributions to the Social Security trust fund through FICA Social Security taxes.

Steps To Apply for SSI

  1. Gather Required Documents: This includes proof of age, U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen status, Social Security number, information about where you live, your income, resources (like bank accounts, stocks, and bonds), and medical records if you are applying based on disability or blindness.
  2. Review Eligibility Requirements: It’s often helpful to start by reviewing the eligibility requirements on the Social Security Administration (SSA) website or speaking to a representative. This can help clarify if you might qualify for SSI.
  3. Contact the SSA: You can start your application process by contacting the SSA. While you can begin your application online if you are applying for both SSI and SSDI, SSI-only applications generally require you to start the process by phone or in person. Call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to make an appointment, or visit your local Social Security office.
  4. Complete the Application: Fill out the application form thoroughly. For disability applications, detailed medical information will be necessary, including treatment sources, dates of treatment, medications, and tests administered.
  5. Interview: Most SSI applicants will need to undergo an interview, which can be conducted over the phone or in person at a Social Security office. The interview is important for verifying the information in your application and explaining any aspects of your financial situation or medical condition.
  6. Submit Additional Documentation: You may be asked to provide additional documentation after your initial application and interview. It’s important to submit any requested documents promptly to avoid delays in the processing of your application.
  7. Wait for Decision: After submitting your application and all required documentation, the SSA will review your case and make a determination. This process can take several months, depending on the complexity of your case and the completeness of the information provided.
  8. Appeal if Necessary: If your application is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. Contact us if your application is denied and we’ll provide professional guidance through the appeal process.

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Advantages of Working with a Supplemental Security Income Lawyer

Working with an SSI lawyer after your initial application is denied provides several advantages that help improve your chances of successfully appealing the denial. Our SSI attorneys are equipped with professional knowledge and experience in navigating these intricate appeals processes. We will help gather and organize sufficient evidence to support your claim, represent you at any required hearings, help avoid any unnecessary delays in the appeals process, and provide some peace of mind during these stressful times. Our guidance provides a substantial advantage,improving your chances of a successful appeal. Remember, there is no upfront cost to you to hire our SSI attorneys; you only pay us if we successfully secure SSI benefits for you. 

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Supplemental Security Income attorney Dr. Bill LaTour is ready to assist you with your case. With his extensive knowledge and resolution to assist you, he can guide you through the complexities of SSI claims and ensure your rights are protected. Don’t let the process overwhelm you. Contact us today for a free case review.