June 30th, 2014|
Proving to Social Security Administration that you’re in need of assistance through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be a difficult process, but it can be even more frustrating when you’re denied access to the program based on a lifestyle choice.
In the past, individuals involved in same-sex marriages or relationships could not have their relationship status recognized by the Social Security Administration. This is because federal policy prohibited same-sex couples from being able to jointly file for benefits.
This has changed with a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. According to Investment News, the SSA will now not only recognize a married couple of the same sex when an application is submitted, but will also use a spouse of the same sex’s information when making a decision in a disability or Supplemental Security Income case.
In order for a couple to qualify for Social Security spousal benefits, the pair must have been married for at least one year and also be residents of a state that recognizes same-sex marriages.
Many U.S. citizens have seen this change in policy as the beginning of a new age for equality and the Supplemental Security Income Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos and Newlin are here to help if you or your loved one are seeking Social Security benefits.
September 11th, 2013|
September 11, 2013
The laws that oversee how and to who Social Security Benefits are offered can be quite complex. With the federal government acknowledging the legitimacy of same sex marriages, many citizens questioned if homosexual couples would be allowed to qualify for government benefits.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently responded by saying it is now beginning to process claims for same-sex couples and are also issuing payments in cases that are approved.
The Supreme Court recently ruled on the Defense of Marriage Act and found that marriages between individuals of the same sex should be recognized with the same rights as marriages of heterosexual couples.
This means spouses of the same sex may now be entitled to a portion of a partner’s Social Security Benefits at retirement or death.
The SSA is currently working to ensure all policies and procedures are in place to process these claims. The agency also encourages citizens who believe they may be entitled to an award from a claim to begin the application process immediately to ensure they do not lose any potential benefits. When the Department of Justice releases final instructions on how to proceed, claims will be processed.
The Social Security Benefit Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize how complicated the process and regulations for receiving benefits can be. That is why the firm suggests discussing your legal options with an attorney if you are considering applying for benefits or have a claim that was denied in the past.