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Things To Do Before The Trump Administration Takes Power

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Dec 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

On January 20, 2017, we will have a new president.  As I noted last week, it is difficult to say what that is going to mean in practical terms. But, before Inauguration Day, it makes sense to do a few things.  It may prove important to have done so before the law changes.

Apply Now To Discharge Your Student Loans

Hello, I'm Michael Hiltzik

 One item on your checklist should be to apply for discharge of your student loans if Social Security has declared you disabled. Michael Hiltzik in the Los Angeles Times has an excellent article about this. It bears reading.  Hiltzik wisely notes that the federal government is about to be in the exclusive control of the Republican Party.  As a rule, Republicans are not overly concerned with the fate of the poor, sick, and disabled.  

Get That Disability Application Done

You might also want to get your disability application filed now if you are still thinking about doing it.  As a general rule, any changes to the disability programs apply to all cases that are currently on file. But, if Trump were to push through some very significant changes to Social Security disability, you may wish you were already in the system.  It is not hard to imagine, for example, Trump pushing for changes in who is eligible for benefits.

Talk To A Financial Expert About Retirement Planning 

If you are near retirement age, you need to think about if it makes sense to put in for your Social Security retirement benefits now,

Time Is Not On Your Side

rather than wait.  I always advocate waiting as long as possible to take your retirement benefits. But, as with disability, if Trump engineers some major changes in the program, you might have wished you were already collecting. I am not qualified to give financial advice. You should speak to the person who does your finances. But do give it some thought.

Or, You Could Do Nothing

I believe that any changes in Social Security disability and/or retirement are not likely to be revolutionary.  You can probably get by without making any major decisions. But, it does make sense to at least contemplate what might be coming under the new administration. 

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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