Alison Barjaktarovich

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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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Articles By Alison Barjaktarovich

Disability Benefits for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Once you are diagnosed with ALS, you automatically qualify for disability benefits.
Filing for Social Security or SSI Disability in Michigan
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.
What Is a Technical Denial in a Disability Case?
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.
Social Security Disability and Getting Married: Will It Affect Disability Benefits?
Whether marriage affects your disability benefits depends on whether you're collecting Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits or SSI benefits.
How In-Kind Income and Support Affects Your SSI Disability Payment
Social Security counts free food and shelter as income, which can affect your SSI disability payment.
What Will Cause Your Social Security Disability Benefits to Stop?
Changes in your income, health, and other issues can lead to a termination of your Social Security disability or SSI benefits.
Filing for Disability in Illinois: Social Security and SSI
The State of Illinois adds money to the federal SSI disability payment; the amount depends on the recipient's maintenance costs.
Filing for Social Security Disability in Ohio
To supplement SSI, Ohio pays additional money (RSS) to disabled people who live in community or group homes or residential care facilities.
Filing for Social Security Disability in Montana
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.
Filing for Disability in Minnesota
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.