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    • For as long as Attorney Crawforth has been practicing Social Security’s evaluation process has included Past Relevant Work for jobs going back 15 years. That will now change. For decisions dated June 22, 2024 or later the relevant time period is 5 years meaning only jobs in that time frame are evaluated.

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    • The annual report of the Social Security & Medicare Trustees has a bit of good news. Due to the strong economy, low unemployment & wage growth the insolvency date for the combined retirement and disability trust funds is up a year to 2035. Without changes the benefits payable at that time would be 83% of…

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    • Summer 2021 Newsletter STILL STANDING…AND PRACTICING I published the first issue of Social Security & You in Spring of 1993.  Some years I’ve published more issues than others.  The most recent issue was dated Spring 2019: over 2 years ago.  The world was a much different place then.  Especially for me.  Read the full newsletter…

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    • Spring 2019 Newsletter An Opioid Story I’ve changed his name. Let’s call him Gerald. He was a laborer. And by that I don’t mean that he just did physical work. He was a card-carrying member the Labor’s Union local. And that meant a lot to him. I represented him for Social Security disability and Michigan…

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    FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions about Michigan Social Security Disability Insurance SSDI

    Provided by William Crawforth, Michigan Social Security Attorney & Lawyer

    The following is a list of frequently asked questions that Attorney William Crawforth is often requested to explain to his contacts and clients. You may wish to read the entire page of questions and answers or just select your specific questions by clicking the links below.


    Difference between SSI and SSDI?

    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is the welfare part of Social Security. It is a “needs based” benefit based on the assets and income in your household. Generally, the less assets and income your household possess, the more your monthly SSI will be. SSI for 2020 is $783 for an individual per month, and for a couple it is $1175 per month.
    • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is based on the money you paid into the system during your working years and has nothing to do with current assets or income. Generally, the more you paid into the system during your working or career years, the more you will get from SSDI.


    What can I do to get my Social Security benefits raised?

    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit is up to a maximum of $783 for an individual for 2020.  A couple receives $1,175 for 2020. Social Security Income (SSI) benefits are fixed for everybody and not based on what you actually need to live.
    • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefit is based on what you paid into the system during your working / career years and can vary between approximately $200 to $2000 per month or more.


    Do my spouse or children get benefits?

    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) = No.
    • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) = Yes. Your spouse and children share 50% of what you receive. For example, if you receive $2000/month, your spouse and children will receive $1000, if you have minor children. If there are no minor children, the spouse gets nothing unless he or she is also disabled and meets the non-disability criteria.


    Do I receive Medicare when I receive SSI or SSDI?

    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) = No.
    • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) = Yes, but only after you have been on the benefits for 24 months.


    Do any other benefits I receive reduce my SSDI benefits?

    Yes, but only Worker’s Compensation.

    If you have questions about the Michigan Social Security Law Services provided by William Crawforth, call Toll-Free 800-864-1244, local (734) 622-0143 or click here to contact us.

    Call today if you have questions about the Michigan Social Security Disability Attorney and Lawyer Services provided by William Crawforth.

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