If you have recently found yourself in a position where you are going to have to file for long-term disability, then you may not know where to start. There are several ways for you to file. It becomes even more challenging if you are filing on behalf of a spouse. You can call an 800 number, apply online, or head down to the social security office to do it in person.
If you have not worked long enough and do not have a significant amount of social security credits in order to qualify for your own personal benefits, you may able to receive benefits on behalf of your spouse. If you wish to qualify for those benefits you need to be:
* At least 62 years’ old
* Any age if you are caring for a child who is on record to receive benefits on behalf of your spouse.
If you are also eligible for retirement benefits as well as spousal benefits, your benefits will be paid out before your spouse’s. If you plan on receiving your spouse’s benefits before you have reached the age of retirement, you will receive a reduced amount of your spousal benefits. If at all possible, you should wait till you reach full retirement age before you apply to receive any benefits on behalf of your spouse.
If you are currently divorced from your spouse and were married for 10 years or more, you may also be eligible to receive spousal benefits. If you are filing for social security in New York on behalf of your spouse and are divorced, you may want to speak to an attorney regarding your circumstances and if you would qualify for benefits. This is also the case if you are a widow or widower of a spouse. If you are looking for disability attorneys in New York, then Daniel Berger Attorney at Law can help. Visit Law Office of Attorney Daniel Berger for more information.
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