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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

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Commitment and passion for children with disabilities

I have enjoyed working with Cliff Weisberg since back in the early 1990’s. During that time, his commitment and passion for children with disabilities. His effort to organize a law practice focusing upon helping the underserved who have disabilities has been so important to the families I serve: Families having children with severe inherited bleeding disorders. These disorders often prevent parents from holding jobs because their children are hospitalized so often. Working with Cliff to help parents obtain SSI coverage has made it possible for these parents to have financial resources, albeit small in amounts, that make it possible to take care of their children without being totally financially devasted. I totally endorse Cliff Weisberg for being an attorney who has and still does go above and beyond. I am very thankful for him!

Danna
3/8/17

Available and very helpful

Cliff was always available and very helpful applying and even after receiving social security disability. Thanks

Mark Juras
1/10/19

He always returned phone calls and answered your questions.

Cliff is a credit to his profession. From day one I could tell that he really cared. He always returned phone calls and answered your questions. He did all the heavy lifting and helped get my life back on track. Thank you very much Mr. Weisberg, your a class act and I'll never forget all you've done for me.

Super Naut
2/4/2019