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The Importance of Social Security Disability

By Ken Marks | February 1, 2018 | Comments Off on The Importance of Social Security Disability

While you probably know the importance of preparing for retirement, have you ever considered what would happen if you become disabled before you reach retirement age? Studies say that 25% of people in their 20s will become disabled before retirement. While many people believe that Social Security Disability Insurance is the answer, unfortunately this coverage…

Disabled at 50? Don't give up…

By Ken Marks | October 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Disabled at 50? Don't give up…

For many Americans, the threat of encountering a serious illness or injury that prevents them from working is a distant concern. However, as we age, the possibility of suffering a disabling condition becomes much greater and those distant concerns all to often become immediate troubles. In fact, About 30 percent of Americans ages 35-65 will…

Why Disability Claims Take So Long to Get Approved

By Ken Marks | September 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Why Disability Claims Take So Long to Get Approved

For anyone currently in the process of applying for Social Security benefits, a common question is “why is the decision taking so long?” While some attribute the lengthy process to bureaucratic sluggishness, that isn’t always the case. In order to properly evaluate each case, sometimes the SSA takes a lot of time to make their…

What You Need to Know Before Your SSDI Interview

By Ken Marks | June 19, 2017 | Comments Off on What You Need to Know Before Your SSDI Interview

When you first apply for Social Security disability benefits, you may be nervous to find that a big part of the process is a formal interview. In order to fully prepare yourself, it is important to know what kind of questions to expect from your SSDI interviewers. Here, we’ll make sure you’re prepared for your…

Disability Benefits for Mental Illnesses

By Ken Marks | May 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Disability Benefits for Mental Illnesses

Commonly, social security disability benefits are associated to those suffering from a debilitating injury. But did you know that if you suffer from a mental illness, you might be eligible for disability benefits as well? The Social Security Administration evaluates mental disorders according to a number of predetermined categories. If you exhibit symptoms of one…

How To Protect Employees From Heat-Related Injuries

By Ken Marks | April 19, 2017 |

Summertime heat waves can often result in serious heat illness injuries. Outdoor workers are especially susceptible to the heat and the injuries it can cause. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a campaign to educate workers and employers about the risks of heat illness and how to stay safe in hot…

Hiring an SSDI Lawyer: What You Should Know

By Ken Marks | April 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Hiring an SSDI Lawyer: What You Should Know

Applying for benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program can be a long and frustrating process. It isn’t unheard of for applicants to wait several months before getting a response from the Social Security Administration. This is where an SSDI attorney can help, but choosing the right one is important. Having an experienced…

Beware of Last Minute Tax Refund Phishing Scams

By Ken Marks | March 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Beware of Last Minute Tax Refund Phishing Scams

State tax agencies, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the tax industry are warning about phishing scams designed to trick last-minute tax filers. With less than a month until taxes are due, tax-related scams are peaking according to the IRS. Taxpayers and tax professionals need to be alert to suspicious activity.

2017 Social Security Changes You Need to Know!

By Ken Marks | February 20, 2017 | Comments Off on 2017 Social Security Changes You Need to Know!

A few years before the first Baby Boomers were born, the Social Security Administration was one of several governmental programs designed to assist the population. For decades, these funds have benefited retirees and disabled folks, with 60 percent of seniors relying on the SSA for half or more of their income.

Seniors May Be Seeing Insufficient Increases in Social Security Benefits

By Ken Marks | January 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Seniors May Be Seeing Insufficient Increases in Social Security Benefits

Social Security is essential income for many senior citizens. As part of the program, cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are made on an annual basis. Each year, the COLA for Social Security benefits is calculated using the Consumer Price Index (CPI). However, some recipients feel that the CPI doesn’t accurately reflect the cost-of-living increases they deal with…