Survivor Benefits

What Social Security Benefits Are Available for Same-Sex Couples?

by Staff | November 21st, 2014

Most Americans pay into the Social Security program throughout their entire working careers, but what happens to a person’s benefits if they pass away unexpectedly? The attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that if the deceased individual was married or had children, their next of kin would receive survivor benefits.

Several recent changes to the law allowing same-sex marriage has created some issues as to who this particular type of benefit should be awarded to. Several states have made it legal for two individuals of the same gender to become bound in matrimony.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has ruled it will recognize same sex marriages when it comes to awarding survivor benefits, but only in states where the practice is legal.

These aren’t the only benefits same-sex couples may qualify for under the same rules. In fact, a story from Investment News states the Social Security Administration is currently processing claims for both spousal and children’s benefits for same sex couples living in states where the practice has been made legal.

Like most processes overseen by the SSA though, applying for any of these benefits can be a long and complex task. Hiring an attorney to help you with your case can help eliminate any questions you may have and make collecting the necessary paperwork and documentation easier.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’re available to speak with you anytime about questions you have regarding Social Security benefits. Call our team of Social Security Lawyers today at (800) 477-7315.

What Do Social Security Disability Benefits Cover?

by Staff | October 6th, 2014

If you’re suffering from a condition that prevents you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least a year, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’re here to answer your  questions about what SSD benefits may help cover.

Social Security Disability Benefits

These benefits are awarded to United States citizens who have worked long enough—and therefore paid enough into the system through taxes—to be eligible. Each individual must also suffer from a qualifying condition listed in the Social Security Administration (SSA) Blue Book of eligible conditions. A person who qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits may not be the only one who is eligible for compensation due to their condition, though.

Children’s and Survivor Benefits

Children with disabilities may be eligible for benefits if their parents have a qualifying work history and they meet certain age requirements. An article from NASDAQ explains a spouse or next of kin may also qualify for payments from the SSA if a loved one who had worked and paid into the Social Security program passes unexpectedly.

Supplemental Security Income

Even if you don’t qualify for other SSA programs, you may still be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). One must be a blind or disabled U.S. citizen age 65 or older with limited income to qualify.

A Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Help

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we have decades of combined experience helping people get their SSD and SSI benefits, and we want to help you too. Call (800) 477-7315 today to learn more about how we can assist you.