Alabama Benefits for Disabled Widows and Widowers Attorney

Disabled widows and widowers may be eligible to receive benefits as early as age 50. The disability must have started prior to age 60 and within 7 years of:

  • The month that the worker died, or
  • The month your previous entitlement to disabled widow or widower’s benefits ended because your disability ended, or
  • The last month you were entitled to mother’s or father’s benefits on the worker’s record
  • Source: Social Security Administration

This is confusing to many applicants. It is advisable to obtain the assistance of a qualified Social Security Disability Widows and Widower’s Attorney. At Wettermark & Keith we offer a free case review.

Benefit Amounts for a Widow or Widower

The widow or widower’s benefits are paid according to a formula representing a percentage of the deceased’s benefit amount. This depends on the age of the widow or widower when they retired. The widow or widower may receive either 100% or 71-99% of the deceased’s benefit amount. If the widow or widower has a child younger than 16, they will receive 75% of the benefit amount.

Who Should Notify Social Security About the Death of the Spouse of the Widow or Widower?

The question often arises as to who should contact Social Security with information pertaining to the death of a Social Security beneficiary. While many funeral directors provide this information to Social Security, the deceased’s family members are responsible for providing this information.

About the Lump Sum Death Payment

Surviving spouses are entitled to a lump sum (last reported as $255) if they were living together at the time of the death. If they were living apart, the survivor may also be entitled if they were receiving Social Security benefits from the deceased’s account. If there is no spouse, an eligible child may receive the lump sum.

Contact an Alabama Social Security Disabled Widow and Widower’s Attorney for a Free Case Review

If you are a widow or widower you want to make sure you receive all the benefits that you are entitled to when your spouse passes. Wettermark & Keith provides representation to widows and widowers and offers a free consultation to discuss your specific case. There are no legal fees involved unless we accept and win your case. To schedule a free appointment, call the Law Firm of Wettermark & Keith, Personal Injury and Social Security Attorneys, at 334.284.0014.

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Wettermark & Keith secures a reversal of judge's decision by the Appeals council for their client

Wettermark Keith is pleased to announce exciting news from the Social Security department. While our attorneys have an extremely successful track record in obtaining favorable outcomes for our clients, sometimes the journey is longer than others. When a client receives an unfavorable decision from an Administrative Law Judge, the available recourse is to appeal that decision to the Appeals Council, the body responsible for reviewing cases for mistakes made by the previous judge as to the law or facts. Unfortunately, due to the strict standard of review, the Appeals Council fails to find a reason to overturn or remand the prior determination in the vast majority of cases. However, our attorneys are committed to ensuring that our clients receive the benefits they deserve.

This month, Attorney Jessica Brooks secured a reversal of the judge’s decision by the Appeals Council for her client. A more common outcome when the Appeals Council takes issue with a judge’s decision, is a remand to the judge in order to conduct a another hearing, a process which is time consuming and does not always result in a positive outcome. A reversal constitutes an outright order of payment of benefits to the claimant and only happens in 2% of cases! Ms. Brooks added, “I understand that this is often a long and frustrating process for my clients. This was a case that went to hearing in November of 2011 and we received the Appeals Council reversal in February of 2014. However, the fact that my client will be compensated for that time in back pay makes the determination and hard work worth it.” Wettermark Keith looks forward to future Appeals Council reversals as we continue to provide our expertise and experience to our clients.

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