Melissa Linebaugh

Contributing Author

Melissa Linebaugh graduated with honors from the University of Baltimore School of Law and is a member of the Maryland bar. She has a background in criminal, disability, and family law. Ms. Linebaugh works as a general practitioner.

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Articles By Melissa Linebaugh

Getting Social Security Benefits When You Can't Sit for Long
A “sitting disability” is any medical condition that significantly impacts a person’s ability to sit for even a short period of time.
Does My State Tax Social Security Disability Benefits?
Some states tax Social Security and SSI disability benefits while others don't.
Applying Online for Disability: Tips on Answering Social Security's Questions
Here's what you need to know to file an application for Social Security disability benefits online.
Can You Work While Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits?
You can make a small amount of income while collecting disability benefits, but how much depends on whether you get SSDI or SSI benefits.
Should I Hire a Disability Lawyer or a Nonattorney Advocate?
If you decide to hire someone to represent you at your Social Security disability hearing, you can choose either a disability attorney or a non-attorney representative.
Proving You Can't Do Your Past Work at a Disability Hearing
You'll have to prove to Social Security that you don't have the RFC to be able to perform your past job as you performed it or as it's generally performed.
How Disability Attorneys Develop Evidence to Win Your Social Security Appeal
A good disability lawyer will develop the best theory of disability for winning your case, prepare you for your hearing, arrange for witnesses, and more.
Applying for Disability at Age 50-54 With Social Security's Medical-Vocational Grids
When you apply for disability, if the Social Security Administration (SSA) decides your condition doesn't meet a disability listing and you can't do your past job, the SSA will refer to the “grid rules” for those between the ages of 50 and 54 to decide if you are disabled.
Why Was a Representative Payee Assigned for Social Security Disability?
Social Security will appoint a representative to receive your disability checks if you are mentally incapacitated or addicted to drugs or alcohol.
The Importance of Vocational Expert Testimony at a Disability Hearing
The testimony of the vocational expert at your Social Security disability hearing can make or break your case.

It's Time to Get the Benefits You Deserve

Suze Orman shares how to get disability benefits in less time—with no out-of-pocket costs