Social Security and SSI Benefits
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Social Security pays benefits to people who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. In general, to get disability benefits, you must meet two different earnings tests:
A recent work test based on your age at the time you became disabled.
- A duration of work test to show that you worked long enough under Social Security.
Certain members of your family may qualify for benefits based on your work. They include:
- Your spouse, if he or she is 62 or older;
- Your spouse, at any age if he or she is caring for a child of yours who is younger than age 16 or disabled;
- Your unmarried child, including an adopted child, or, in some cases, a stepchild or grandchild. The child must be under age 18 or under age 19 if in elementary or secondary school full time; and
- Your unmarried child, age 18 or older, if he or she has a disability that started before age 22. The child's disability also must meet the definition of disability for adults.
- In some situations, a divorced spouse may qualify for benefits based on your earnings if he or she was married to you for at least 10 years, is not currently married and is at least age 62. The money paid to a divorced spouse does not reduce your benefit or any benefits due to your current spouse or children.
Contact the Law Office of Regina Y. Kane today for help in filing for either Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits.
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