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Applying for Social Security in Tuscaloosa
Applying for Social Security in Tuscaloosa can be simple, or it can be complex. Your first step is to decide which benefits you need; there are a few to choose from, such as disability, retirement and survivor’s benefits, as well as SSI (Supplemental Security Income). Deciding which of these you need makes it easier for you to meet the requirements.
I’ve Decided Which Benefits I Need, What do I do Next?
Your next step is to determine the requirements for each of the benefits for which you are applying. Once you know what is required, you and your lawyer will know whether you are eligible for Social Security benefits.
Filing a Claim for Social Security Disability Benefits
To file a claim, you’ll need to visit your local Social Security office -; it’s possible to discover this info here online, but you’re likely to have to visit the office at least once. You or an authorized representative (including a Social Security lawyer) can deal with the SSA. According to the SSA, your claim will be processed faster if you visit our office.
Requirements for Application
When applying for Social Security disability benefits, you will need to provide evidence to support your claim, including:
1. Your Social Security number
2. Your birth certificate (an original or a certified copy)
3. Your most recent tax return (if self employed) or a current W-2 form
4. Military discharge paperwork (if applicable)
This is not a complete list, and you may be asked for additional documentation. You and your lawyer should find out which documents are needed as early in the case as possible.
Tips on Filing for Benefits
If you would like to get benefits as early as possible, file a claim 3 months before you reach the minimum age. This allows the SSA time to process your claim; if you’re eligible, you can also get Medicare at age 65.
I Want to File for Social Security -; do I Need a Lawyer?
While applying for Social Security in Tuscaloosa is relatively simple, there is always the potential for a problem. For instance, a disability claim can be complex. A lawyer who can handle such a claim can help you choose the benefits for which to apply, assist you with the application, and appeal a denial if necessary.