Supplemental Security Income FAQs
1. What is Supplemental Security Income?
Supplemental Security Income is a federal program providing monthly cash benefits to low-income persons aged 65 and over, and blind or disabled persons. SSI is funded by general tax revenues, not those of social security, and provides money for basic needs - food, clothing, and shelter.
For more information, please see our Social Security Disability page.
2. How do I determine if I am eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income?
You may be eligible for SSI payments if you have little or no income and if your assets are $2,000 or less for a single person, or $3,000 or less for a married couple. Certain assets do not count, such as your home or car. Also, you must prove that you cannot do any work for which you are suited due to a medical condition that is expected to last for a minimum of a year, or is terminal. An experienced Social Security attorney can review your assets and your medical conditions to determine your eligibility. Contact a TX SSI lawyer at Heard and Smith to determine if you are eligible.
3. Do disabled children qualify for Supplemental Security Income?
Your child may be eligible for assistance under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Children under age 18 can qualify for SSI if they meet the definition of disability and their income and resources are within the allowed limits. To be found disabled under the SSI program, a child must have a medically determinable impairment that causes marked and severe functional limitations. The impairment must have lasted or be expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months or be expected to result in death. To meet this definition, the child may not be working at a job that is considered substantial work. For a free evaluation of your child's case, contact a TX Supplemental Security Income attorney at Heard and Smith.
4. How much money will I receive on SSI?
The maximum SSI benefit in 2008 is $637 per month. Benefits may be reduced where there are other sources of income available. Additionally, a claimant must be resource eligible (see #2 above). An experienced Supplemental Security Income lawyer will review the laws and determine your maximum monthly amount. Contact a Texas SSI attorney Heard and Smith to assist you.
5. Should I seek the assistance of an attorney to file a claim for SSI?
Yes. It is always better to have an attorney on your side when filing any
Social Security claim. Approximately 65% of all those who file claims for social
security benefits are turned down initially and on reconsideration. It is best
to appeal and it can take several appeals to win your claim. An experienced
Social Security lawyer knows the laws and can help you win your claim.
Contact one of our experienced TX SSI lawyers
For more information on Social Security Disability, please see:
Our Social Security Disability page
Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) FAQs
Social Security Disability Links
Social Security Glossary