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Experience:  37 plus years of SSD practice
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I receive SSI. I was able to get the contract I signed with

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I receive SSI. I was able to get the contract I signed with an advocacy group dissolved because they did not follow up with my questions regarding my needs. I haven't worked since early 2015 and recently filed for SSDI which is what I thought the advocacy group was helping me apply for initially. I received a denial letter. In Oct.of this year I will turn 62 but will still be disabled. ( COPD with a pulmonary embolism.) If or when I file for early retirement, what happens to my SSI benefit? Early retirement would be approx. $1130 per mo. SSI is currently $733 per mo. I cannot live on SSI alone and early retirement would be only slightly better. It's not likely my health will improve. I was self employed for the 10 years prior to receiving SSI. What can be done if anything to maintain my small home and keep the necessary utilities etc.paid? I also receive food stamps. Because of the lack of communication with the advocacy group, I may have timed out for SSDI. It's a mess I didn't know was coming.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 year ago.

Hi, my name is***** and I am here to assist you. I am a social security attorney in my private practice – that is ALL I do. Please let me know that my post here is coming through for you by typing a quick reply.

Can you clarify how much you get in "SSI"?

Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 year ago.

Also, you indicate that you stopped working in early 2015. Can you please tell me the net income you reported on your 2005 -- 2015 tax returns via your Schedule Cs?

Also, was your advocacy group comprised of lawyers? Or did you opt for non-lawyer as your legal representative before the SSA?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Please refund! I am not happy with it.
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