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Can Someone With Income Or Assets Still Get SSI Benefits?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | May 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

The general rule for collecting Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits is that you have to be pretty close to dead broke before you can receive anything. There are circumstances, however, when a person with too much in income and/or assets can still get benefits.  This can happen, for example, if the disabling condition arose from an accident that resulted in an insurance settlement. Or, a disabled person could inherit money or property from a relative.

Consider A Special Needs Trust

When the facts warrant it, an SSI beneficiary could consider establishing a so-called special needs trust (SNT). This is very complicated and has to be

If You Can't Trust Me . . .

done exactly correctly. Needless to say, I don't do this sort of thing. But, a lawyer who is an expert in trusts can set up an SNT in a way that allows the SSI recipient to still get her monthly benefits despite having too much money.  An SNT is designed to take control of the assets away from the disabled person and give them to a trustee. The trustee can then spend the money in the SNT on specific things the SSI beneficiary requires due to her disabling condition.

Read This Outstanding Blog To Learn More

A very fine Tucson law firm called Flemi and Curti has just published an excellent piece on recent changes to the way Social Security handles SNT's. The article is a little complicated, but even ordinary readers should understand it. The upshot of the changes is that it should be easier to get SSI benefits using SNT's.

A Fine Tucson Law Firm Can Assist You

If you think that an SNT is worth exploring, I urge you to read the article. If you want to explore setting up an SNT for yourself or a relative, I

You're Barking Up The Right Tree With Fleming and Curti

encourage you to contact either Robert Fleming or Tom Curti. I have known these fine gentlemen since around the time of Big Bang. I am certain they would be happy to help.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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