Top 3 Tips When Considering Applying for Social SecurityBy Kenton Koszdin on June 15, 2020 | In Social Security Benefits
Are you or someone you love ready to apply for Social Security? There’s a lot you need to know about the process before you get started.
Take our Top 3 Tips into consideration when applying for Social Security benefits for a simple and less stressful experience.
1. Start the application process 2-3 months before you want to start receiving payments:
The entire process of applying for and receiving a decision about social security benefits doesn’t take three months, but three months is plenty of time to get everything right. What if you can’t find necessary documents like your birth certificate, or need to have your military discharge form reissued? The more thorough and accurate you are when submitting your application, the less likely you’ll be met with rejection due to common mistakes or insufficient information.
2. Know whether or not you’re eligible before applying:
There is a strict definition of what is considered a “disability” by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and applications are run through with a fine-tooth comb. Remember that not all conditions are the same. Generally speaking, however, a documented severe impairment that will affect you for a minimum of 12 months or longer, or any terminal condition, will satisfy the eligibility requirements. Save time and energy by checking out the Social Security Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool available for free online!
3. Utilize the accessibility of applying online:
The majority of Social Security cases don’t require you to apply in person! For most applicants, it’s as easy as signing onto your computer at home. Once all necessary documents are at your disposal, the whole process takes about 20-30 minutes when completed online. If you don’t have access to a computer or internet at home, visit a local library with computers available for public use. Remember, if you need further assistance or if you have questions about the process, you can still call and schedule an appointment to meet with a representative and apply in person.
If you find yourself struggling through the process or if you’re faced with repeated denied claims, we want to help. Our highly skilled team at Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorney in Van Nuys specializes in social security disability claims and workers’ compensation. Don’t wait, call us today at 800.438.7734 for a free consultation.