Columbia Supplemental Security Income Lawyers
Columbia SSI Benefits Attorneys
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is available for adults and children with disabilities who are struggling to make ends meet. The SSI process can be very confusing — federal and state governments have different rules and application processes. We know that you are experiencing difficult times. You should not have to go through this difficult process alone.
The attorneys at Popowski, Callas & Shirley, P.A. are experienced in dealing with the Social Security Administration and state agencies. We will walk you through the SSI process and make sure that you receive the full amount of financial support you are entitled to under the law.
Contact us now so you can have peace of mind that your SSI claim is being handled by experienced attorneys who are dedicated to helping you move forward.
The following people may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income, depending on their financial eligibility:
- Adults with disabilities who are not eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) or who do not receive enough social security to cover their life expenses
- Adults who are blind
- Children with disabilities or who are blind
- Adults over age 65 who do not receive Social Security benefits
Determining Financial Eligibility
Many factors go into determining whether you are eligible for Supplemental Security Income. Generally, you may receive SSI if you own less than $2,000 (individual) or $3,000 (couple) worth of real estate/property, money, stocks and bonds. However, certain property may not count towards the $2000/$3000, including: your home, your car, burial plots and funds, some scholarships, and food stamps.
There are rules about each piece of property that is "exempt" from the eligibility amount. We will explain these rules to you and work through the formula to determine if you are financially eligible for SSI.
Determining SSI Benefits
In 2009, the maximum federal benefit amount was $674 for an individual and $1,011 for a couple. The amount of state or federal Supplemental Security Income benefits you receive depends on your income level. You may also receive Medicaid benefits.
SSI Application and Appeals
Our lawyers will gather medical and financial evidence to support your application. We will meet with your doctors to discuss your physical or mental disability and any restrictions on your ability to work. We will attach all relevant information to your federal and state SSI applications. If your initial application was not accepted, we will investigate why that happened and determine what evidence can be added to your case during the appeals process.
Time is important in these cases. You need money now, not tomorrow. Contact our office today to learn how we can help expedite the process and get you back on track.