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The short answer is, yes. Getting married, divorced, or becoming a widow can have a major impact on what benefits Social Security will pay you. This is true of disability as well as retirement benefits.  The specific rules that apply to specific situations are beyond the scope of this blog post.  But, keep in mind that Social Security needs to know about your marital situation to determine what they can pay you. The Moral Of The Story I heard from a woman with a complicated story. She had married twice and divorced both spouses. One of her ex-husbands died after…
Most of the time, a claimant leaves her Social Security disability hearing not certain of the outcome. But, in some instances, it is clear that the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is going to award benefits.  This is good news, of course. But, it can lead to some confusion about the process following the hearing. Not Official Until It’s Down In Black and White Even though the ALJ commits to finding in a claimant’s favor, nothing is official until the ALJ’s decision comes out on paper. Following the hearing, the ALJ sends the case to a group of Social Security workers…
We are all weary of the restrictions that the Covid-19 pandemic has forced on us.  Think how wonderful it would be to go to a movie theater or a baseball game or even the neighborhood bar or restaurant. It is natural to get restless and long for what we are missing. But, recent developments strongly argue against giving up social distancing too soon. Record Rates of New Infections In Arizona, the rates of Covid-19 infections are going up dramatically. Just in the past week, four days set new records. Fourteen other states, plus Puerto Rico are all seeing surges…