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SSI may seem straightforward, but reality not always so simple


As prior posts on this blog have explained, Supplemental Security Income is a federal program that helps certain people who have limited income. To qualify for SSI, an applicant must either have a disability that makes them unable to work, be age 65 or older or suffer from blindness. In addition, the applicant must have little or no income and their total other resources cannot exceed $2,000 per month per person, or $3,000 per month for a couple. Finally, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a non-citizen that meets certain immigration criteria.

The requirements to qualify for SSI sound straightforward enough. However, as with many government programs, including those run by the Social Security Administration, securing SSI payments can sometimes be more complex than one might think. Likewise, a variety of factors can affect a person's existing SSI benefits, meaning that the government can reduce benefits or revoke them completely based on the beneficiary's changed life circumstances.

Attorney David Dopkin has a wealth of experience in helping people in the Houston area with Social Security programs like SSI. Our firm's website has information about David Dopkin's experience in this field, and it also has some helpful legal information about SSI and other programs. The website can be a useful starting point for people who are looking for some basic information about these important government programs.

Applying for SSI benefits can be a daunting task when also dealing with the effects of a disability or other qualifying condition. Moreover, knowing what to do when facing a denied SSI claim can be even more overwhelming. Our firm can help people who are in either of these situations as well as those people who are facing any other issues involving SSI and other Social Security programs.

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