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Is Your Special Needs Child Turning 18?

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frequently asked questions

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What is a transition special needs child?

A medically challenged child about to turn 18, graduating or leaving high school.

Why hasn’t my child been eligible for benefits before turning 18?

When applying for SSI benefits for a minor child, the law requires consideration of any and all income of the parents of the child living in the same household. Unless the family is at a poverty level of income, the child is not eligible for any SSI benefit due to the resources of the parent(s).

What changes when my child turns 18?

The law no longer looks to the resources of the parents to determine whether the non-medical requirements are met. The now adult child becomes eligible even if living in the same household of the parent(s).

So now that my special needs child is turning 18, what are the benefits?

SSI is a federal program for the medically challenged adult with limited income and resources. If medically approved, your adult child would be eligible for a fixed monthly benefit along with full Medicaid.

How do we get started?

You must make an appointment with SSA to file the claim in person at the field office nearest your home. You can make this appointment by calling: (800) 772-1213, Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.

However, we strongly recommend that you call us for a free consultation before making the appointment. Having a clear plan in place before starting the claim can often result in the claim being allowed without long delays and in many instances, without the need for a hearing. Each case is unique and discussing the facts of your child’s claim with an experienced and knowledgeable social security attorney can be very helpful.

If I decide to use an attorney, how much does it cost?

All fees are contingent. This means we only get paid if the claim is approved and benefits are past due. Social Security will pay the attorney 25% of the past due benefit or $6,000 – whichever is less. If the claim is unsuccessful, there is no fee.

I understand that once a parent of a seriously disabled adult child retires, dies or becomes disabled, the disabled child may qualify for a much higher benefit on the parent’s social security account. Is that correct? Yes, it is possible. The rules governing disabled adult child benefits are very specific and often considered complicated. There are many requirements that must be satisfied before this higher benefit can be paid. We will be happy to go over these requirements and answer all of your questions. There is never a charge for this consultation.

What should be our first step in getting our 18 year old, special needs child qualified for SSI?

Call us before you get started for a full, complete and thorough discussion of the facts of your child’s case. No two cases are ever alike. Each case has its own unique set of facts. The biggest mistake most parents make is to compare their child’s claim to another child’s claim. The second biggest mistake is not having a plan before filing the claim. We are here to help you and guide you through this often complicated process.

What our clients say about us

We appreciate the opportunity to help you get the benefits you deserve

Amazing experience! They make you feel like family! They’re very professional, their response time was absolutely phenomenal, and everything was taken care of in a timely matter! There was not one question I had that didn’t get answered! I cannot thank them enough!

Farah Khalil

I Applied for SSD with Clifford L Weisberg. Best decision ever. Him and his staff were so helpful with everything. If I had any questions I would call and they were to help me. Great group of people!

Randall Hill

5 stars is not enough ! I would like to thank Mr Cliff Weisberg and his amazing team all the way up to the front desk every step of the way for my disability case ! Very professional staff, always calls me back even on the weekends and helped me win my case . Very thoughtful and thorough was Cliff and I liked him right off the bat he was straightforward to the point and always answered all of my questions! Thank You Cliff and to Your wonderful staff!

Jack M

Everyone was so kind to my mom during her struggle with her case. Mr. Weisberg personally called her a number of times and answered all her questions. We recommend this firm!

Sarah Sanders

Mr. Weisberg is  extremely knowledgeable and helpful when it comes to navigating SSI  procedures. If it wasn't for Mr. Weisberg I am confident I never would have  been accepted for disability.

James Luckey

Where do I start my  sister found you on Google I'm so happy she did I have nearly given up  getting help after getting denied so many times he was so caring professional  and always there when I pestered Cliff with questions  and I was able to get the back pay  and monthly payments don't have  the stress of relying from family thankful for them too so Clifford and team I  just want to thank you so  very, very  much for taking your time and effort in helping me  May God bless you and keep you.

Sara Wuebben