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Can you keep the Social Security check for the month someone dies?

I was recently asked if you can keep (or do you have to return) a Social Security check for the month someone dies. Here is the answer straight from Social Security: If A Beneficiary Dies Let us know if a … Continue reading

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Social Security disability benefits in a half-way house

Even though you cannot receive Social Security benefits during incarceration, can you get disability if you are out of jail or prison and residing in a half-way house? Under the Social Security regulations, the answer is “no.” “I was transferred … Continue reading

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Social Security disability benefits and home monitoring

Will your Social Security benefits (Social Security disability insurance – SSDI, or Supplemental Security Income – SSI) stop if you have to wear an ankle bracelet or other type of home monitor? The answer is no. Social Security does not … Continue reading

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When do Social Security benefits stop after incarceration

As a general rule, you are not entitled to Social Security disability benefits if you are incarcerated in jail or prison. However, Social Security benefits do not end immediately with incarceration: If you are on SSI (Title 16 – Supplemental … Continue reading

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Tips on restarting Social Security disability benefits after incarceration

Social Security may be able to restart your benefits after you are released from incarceration (jail or prison). Click here for more information on whether you may be able to resume benefits vs having to start a new claim for … Continue reading

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Starting Social Security disability benefits after incarceration

After you are released from jail or prison, will Social Security let you restart your benefits or will you have to start a new application? The answer depends on the kind of benefits you received (Social Security Disability Insurance – … Continue reading

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My SSI benefits stopped because I was in a hospital! Why?

Here is the short answer: if you are hospitalized in a medical treatment facility for 30 days, your SSI benefits may be cut to $30 per month. Now, here is the long answer: You are not eligible for SSI benefits for … Continue reading

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Are Social Security disability benefits forever?

Many people wonder what will happen after they are approved for Social Security disability benefits? Will my benefits be stopped? Will I continue to get Social Security disability benefits for the rest of my life? Except for closed period cases, … Continue reading

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When does Social Security review cases for premature babies?

  Social Security may approve Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to children with a low birth weight (regardless or whether the child is premature). According to the Social Security regulations, these cases are often reviewed by the child’s first birthday. … Continue reading

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What constitutes “fleeing” in a fugitive felon cessation cases?

I previously wrote about how Social Security can stop benefits if a person is a fleeing or fugitive felon. The courts have been wrestling with the question of whether an outstanding arrest warrant (not a conviction, just the arrest warrant) is enough … Continue reading

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Social Security benefits stop for fugitive felons

I previously wrote about how Social Security disability benefits stop during incarceration. However, your Social Security disability benefits can also stop if you labeled a “Fugitive Felon.” Fugitive felons is anyone who is Fleeing to avoid prosecution for a crime which … Continue reading

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Can you receive Social Security while in jail / prison?

Jonathan Ginsberg of the Social Security Disability Blog writes about what happens to your Social Security benefits if you are in jail/prison. I recently received an email question from a blog reader about the eligibility of a convicted felon for … Continue reading

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When do Social Security children’s benefits stop?

A child may be entitled to receive Social Security child’s benefits if a parent dies. These are called survivor’s benefits. However, under Social Security Regulations (20 CFR 404.352), the entitlement to child’s benefits may end for any of the following … Continue reading

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My child turned 16, and my Social Security benefits were stopped

If a parent dies, the surviving spouse may be eligible for benefits if he or she is caring for a the deceased’s child and the child is under 16 years old or disabled. These are called Mother’s and Father’s benefits. … Continue reading

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Surviving a Social Security Audit for Children’s SSI Benefits

California Blogging has a story about surviving a four year Social Security Audit(!) During the audit they inspect every account, every dime I make and spend.   I am allowed some money from some sources. Services from other government or social … Continue reading

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