Questions About Getting Started with Disability

Answers to common questions about eligibility to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Early Retirement considerations.

Social Security Disability Requirements

How do you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSD”)? In order to apply for SSD benefits, you must have worked in the past and have earned a sufficient amount to become insured for SSD benefits. As an individual works and pays Social Security taxes they are able to earn one quarter of coverage […]

How to prepare for your first hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)

We know the disability claims process can be stressful not just for claimants, but every friend and family member involved in the proceedings. At Balin Law, we’re more than just your attorneys; we’re your partners, and we understand preparation is crucial in ensuring a claimant has the highest chance of success when filing for disability. The Role […]

Balin Law excels in recent fibromyalgia case victories

Clients suffering from fibromyalgia, a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues, can make for a notoriously challenging case for disability attorneys to tackle. That challenge has never deterred Balin Law attorneys, evidenced by Paulette Balin’s and Matt Shupe’s numerous victories in the United State District Court on behalf […]

House Passes Rules Restricting Discussion of Trust Fund Rebalancing

Aging and disability organizations suffered a big loss January 6 when when House Resolution 5 passed, a Social Security provision which prevents voting or discussion on reallocating the trust fund. These critical reallocations have taken place 11 times since 1968. According to the LA Times, the disability program’s trust fund may run dry as early […]

Balin Law: 2014 Year in Review

We’ve touched on myriad topics this year, from our work aiding veterans struggling with disability claims to our rapid response to the Social Security Administration’s changing video teleconferencing (VTC) laws. Read on for our top 10 posts from last year from the Balin Law blog. Click on each headline for a link to that story. 1. Balin […]

What Are Family Benefits?

After you are awarded Social Security disability benefits, members of your family may also be eligible for payments. This includes children as well as your spouse. However, please be advised that this does not apply to SSI claims. Benefits can be paid to your children as long as they are unmarried and: –          Younger than […]

Balin attorneys rise to occasion in response to VTC rule changes – Part 2

In light of the recent changes to video teleconferencing procedures we covered in last week’s post, Balin Law held a meeting to discuss the best plan of action for their clients in this matter. VTCs are digital meetings conducted via webcam only for cases heard by one of the Social Security Agency’s National Hearing Centers. […]

Balin attorneys rise to occasion in response to VTC rule changes – Part 1

We mentioned in our previous post that recent paperless strategies and technological innovations have made communicating with both clients and courts infinitely easier. Similar innovations are occurring in the way hearings are heard, specifically in the form of video teleconferences (VTCs). “There are hearings that take place with judges that appear from the National Hearing […]