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Filing An Appeal

How Do I File An Appeal?

My husband died last November I was sent a letter stating the amount I would receive them a week later got a different notice stating I would not receive it because of the cola increase and I didn't come across anything on social security site that claims this is a valid reason for denial and I want to appeal the decision.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 - 13:27

Is There Anything I Can Do To Expedite My Reconsideration?

I am writing about what, if anything, I can or should do regarding my pending Requests for Reconsideration (Form SSA-51-U2) filed with Social Security about why I have not been receiving the maximum monthly benefit. I have filed Requests for 2021, 2022, and 2023.

I believe that I should be receiving the maximum monthly benefit because (1) I deferred collecting Social Security until I reached 70 and (2) my earnings exceed Social Security's maximum taxable income for more than 35 years. For example, in 2023, I am receiving $ 4441.90 rather than the maximum of $ 4555.

Thursday, March 2, 2023 - 17:50

How Do I Go About Appealing My Benefit Rate To Social Security?

Professor Larry, I have NJ police & fireman's pension that I started collected in 1998. in the years after until 2014 I worked full time paying into SS. Total payed to SSA for all years are me/ $19,791 and my employers/$19,048. I can supply the earnings records from SSA if requested. My Pension is considerably higher than the $1600 a month SS stated in their letter. I was told that my monthly payment due to WEP would be under $300. How do I go about appealing this to the SSA and what forms would I need.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 12:07

What's The Best Avenue For Me To Take In My Appeal?

I applied for widow's benefits and was told I didn't qualify. Reasons #1 We must have been married under the laws of California when he died and I will still living with him when he died. or, #2 the ceremony that We went through was, a legal marriage and,I have the same rights as a spouse to inherit under the laws of California. And then it goes to say the facts that they have do not show that any of these requirements is met. We never divorced, but were separated. He lived in California were he died and I for the past 6 years in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - 13:25

Is There A Process To Appeal?

I receive retirement benefits from the public employees system. Two years ago when my wife passed, I applied for social security survivors benefits. I was told that due to the windfall criteria I could not receive any portion through her benefit. Due to mounting healthcare costs, I surely could use those funds. Is there a process to appeal? Do you know of any procedures that I can pursue? Thanks

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 - 15:28

Do You Know How Long A Non-Medical Reconsderation Takes?

I was awarded SSDI in 2018, at age 63, with an onset date of 2014. Upon reaching FRA, SSA recalculated my benefit and discovered I was underpaid, adjusted my monthly benefit, and paying retroactively to July 2021 (FRA). As this was unexpected, I was rather appreciative. However, the question of a possible underpayment going back months, if not years, was difficult to ignore.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 09:17

Do I Have Any Recourse?

Do I have any recourse against my disability lawyer or some type of appeal for just my back pay. I filed in Dec 2015 went to adm. law judge in 2018 and approved. However, the Adm. Law Judge only had the evaluation of a doctor I had seen at the behest of my atty in 2018. When I hired him I obtained and gave my atty.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 08:10

How Can I Appeal Not Being Paid Survivor Benefits?

I misunderstood the decision to deny me survivors/widow benefits. I was waiting on my funds to be deposited. After the 5th month, I called.I had received a letter stated that if I received a pension I would not receive benefits but the next line said my benefit would be $1315.70 a month. I would be getting that the 4th Wednesday monthly. I really needed these benefits. I need to appeal this decision.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021 - 20:50

What Do I Put In The Big Box On The Form Appealing My Disability Check?

What do I put in the big box on form ssa statement of claimant appealing my disability check

Hi. I'm not sure what form you're referring to. If you're filing for reconsideration, which is the first appeals step, you would use form SSA-561. In the areas provided on the form you would explain what issue you're appealing, and why you disagree with Social Security's determination.

Best, Jerry

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 16:38
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