After obtaining her
Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
in Paralegal Studies from the University of Cincinnati, Alison Barjaktarovich worked
a paralegal for nearly ten years, mostly working in the field of Social
Security disability. Working
as a Social Security disability paralegal, Ms. Barjaktarovich was responsible for drafting many pre-hearing briefs for
disability applicants with an upcoming hearing in front of an Administrative
Law Judge. (Pre-hearing briefs are designed to give the judge an overview
of the claim and the disability attorney's theory of disability.) Ms. Barjaktarovich now specializes in legal
writing, particularly in the field of Social Security disability law. She is also
a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem with Ohio’s CASA for Clermont Kids organization.
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Once you are diagnosed with ALS, you automatically qualify for disability benefits.
If you live in Michigan and are unable to work due to illness or injury for at least a one-year period, you could be eligible for SSDI or SSI.
A technical denial of Social Security Disability benefits occurs when an applicant does not meet the legal or financial requirements of SSDI or SSI. Almost half of SSDI applicants and a quarter of SSI applicants receive technical denials.
Whether marriage affects your disability benefits depends on whether you're collecting Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits or SSI benefits.
Social Security counts free food and shelter as income, which can affect your SSI disability payment.
Changes in your income, health, and other issues can lead to a termination of your Social Security disability or SSI benefits.
The State of Illinois adds money to the federal SSI disability payment; the amount depends on the recipient's maintenance costs.
To supplement SSI, Ohio pays additional money (RSS) to disabled people who live in community or group homes or residential care facilities.
If you live in Montana and can’t work for at least a year, you could be eligible for Social Security disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
If you live in Minnesota and are unable to work due to illness or injury, you may be considering applying for Social Security disability benefits. These are federal benefits, but there is some information specific to applying for Social Security in Minnesota that you should know.