Social Security SSI Benefits

Are you or someone you know a senior citizen that is interested in applying for Supplemental Security Income? Supplemental Security Income, also known as SSI, is a source of monthly government income for special individuals that have low income. Aside from being blind or disabled, the elderly are eligible for SSI as long as they meet certain criteria and are over the age of 65. Unfortunately, rejection may occur even though another individual with the exact same criteria was accepted. An attorney can make the difference!

Applying for Social Security SSI Benefits? Contact an Elder Law Lawyer today!

Resources that are considered when one is applying for SSI include some of the following:

  • Bank Accounts
  • Cash
  • Stocks and Bonds
  • Real Estate

In order to qualify for SSI, one’s resources cannot exceed a value of $2,000. If an elderly married couple with combined resources wishes to apply for SSI together, their resources cannot exceed a value of $3,000. Social Security does not count all sources of income when deciding whether or not an individual qualifies for SSI.

For example, they do not count:

  • Food stamps
  • The first $20 a month of most income that is received
  • The first $65 a month that is earned from working and half the amount over $65
  • Shelter that is received from private nonprofit organizations
  • Most home energy assistance

Another key component to being eligible for Supplemental Security Income is being a U.S. citizen or a citizen of the Northern Mariana Islands.  Another thing that can hinder a senior citizen's ability to receive SSI is living in a county or city rest home. However, there are exceptions to both of these. What exactly would these exceptions be, and how can one ensure that if they don't meet certain criteria that they can still receive SSI? With an SSI attorney, representation is secured and it also increases one's chances of winning SSI benefits.

Applying for Social Security SSI Benefits? Contact an Elder Law Lawyer today!