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Can My Husband And I Sell Our Home And Split The Money Without Affecting Our Disability Benefits?

My husband is on social security disability because he has stage 4 lung and brain cancer. We were planning on getting a divorce when he was working i hadnt been able to work for 7 years before he was diagnosed. I am 62 and on disability myself now he is 49 and been on disability for 2 years. I didn't leave cause i thought he would need help but he is doing good.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 11:15

Are There Any Ways That I Can Increase The Amount That I'm Receiving?

Hi Larry
I have been receiving Social Security Disability since 1998. Are there any ways that I can increase the amount that I'm already receiving?


Hi Don,

Probably not. Social Security disability (SSDI) benefit rates are based on a variable number of a person's highest years of wage-indexed earnings. The number of years used is determined by the age at which the person became disabled.

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 08:57

How Will My Doctor's Misdiagnosis Affect My Disability Outcome?

What if my Dr., who I have been seeing for years, has been misdiagnosing and prescribing me the wrong meds, making my condition worse, and me even more disabled. How will this affect my disability outcome? I have done a lot of research and I know it is based on your functional capacity to work at that point in time, which I do not have, but what if the judge thinks my condition might get better if I am no longer on that medication? Because schizophrenia is a condition that may get better but will never truly go away.


Monday, June 18, 2018 - 07:38

Would My Hearing Loss Qualify Me For An Increase In My Monthly Benefit?

I am 70 years old and started collecting my SS at 67 rears old. I recently have been diagnosed with moderate hearing loss and hearing aids are recommended. Is my hearing loss considered a disability and qualify for an increase in my monthly benefit?
Thank you


I'm sorry to learn of your hearing loss.

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 11:51

What Happens To My Disability Claim If I Return To Part-Time Work?

I have filed for disability, I have been denied twice, appealed it and just recently appealed for a court hearing. Was told 18 to 24 months before getting a court date. If I think I can go back to work part time what will happen to all the time I have already invented which has been 15 months. My husband and I are financial drowning. What should i do? Wait it out? Or try going back to work for a little bit until my health gets me again


Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 07:48

Can I Get Part Of My Husband's VA Disability?

If l'm still married and l get disability for myself and l get my husband pension, can l get part of his veteran's disability, we are not together and l live in another state, but legally we are still married


I'm sorry, but my only area of expertise is Social Security. I assume that you'd need to contact the Veteran's Administration to get your question answered.

I can tell you that veteran's benefits do not affect Social Security disability benefits, but would count as income against Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 10:30

I Need Help Filing For Disability Benefits

Dear Larry, I am currently 58 and will be 59 in 2 months in 2016. I have worked as a RN FT for 15 years and then only sporadically for a few years (I was in graduate school) then I had a child with some severe medical problems (landing him in the ICU twice and he later became lead poisoned and has ADHD so his problems throughout his childhood had limited me to PT work).

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 23:30
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