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I have practiced SSA Disability law for about 20 years. Yes, this takes at least 18 months depending on the age of the claimant and if there are any drugs or alcohol involved in mental illness cases. Yes, he really can earn only about $1000 gross per month and I suggest to my clients that anything over $800 is questionable. However, I suggest that he apply asap anyway. This process takes so long that he is losing money every day he waits. We never know what may happen during the wait. Have his monthly gross income for at least the last 12 monhs available. Remember GROSS. Also, have his medical providers with addresses and phone numbers for last 5 years or so to verify his chronic conditions. If he is a very high earner none of this advice will work. But, if he is in the range discussed above, I suggest he goes to the SSA office in your area and apply or call 1.***-***-****
Once he is no longer working, he may apply for Social Security Disability. As previously noted, this is not a quick process. But, if he does not apply as soon as he stops working he is not going to get assistance.