Social Security Disability &
  Special Needs Planning News from
 Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law,
 Partner at Needham Mitnick & Pollack, PLC  
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In This Issue
Can Social Security Disability & SSI Benefits Be Garnished?
Why Should You Hire a Local Attorney for Your Social Security Disability Case?
"Together on the Pathway to Wellness" Conference

Sheri R. Abrams will be speaking to the Northern Chapter of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants on September 24th at 5:30 PM at the Fairview Park Marriott.   Sheri's topic is "Social Security Disability Benefits: What They Are, Who Qualifies and How?"


Angela M. Griffith will be speaking on "Planning For Incapacity" on October 3rd at 1:00 PM at the Walter Reed Senior Center located at 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington, VA. RSVP to Marcia Kot at 703-228-0955.


Angela M. Griffith will also be speaking on "Hanging On to What You Have and Still Paying For the Care You Need" on October 16th at 6:00 PM at Potomac Place Assisted Living located at 2133 Montgomery Ave., Woodbridge, VA. RSVP to Marilyn Pietri at 703-494-3817.

Helen Cohn Needham & Sheri R. Abrams have been named one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2014.   Helen was named in the Elder Law-Estate Planning category & Sheri was named in the Elder Law--Social Security Disability category.   Both Helen & Sheri are being honored by the publication as a Best Lawyer for the second consecutive year.   The Best Lawyers in America is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession. It recognizes attorneys in 128 practice areas from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Issue: # 62September 2013
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Can Social Security Disability & SSI Benefits Be Garnished?


garnishmentGenerally, creditors cannot garnish Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits.  Unsecured creditors cannot use garnishment of SSDI benefits as a method to recover unpaid debts.


However, there are three main exceptions to the general rule about garnishing SSDI benefits.


First, the IRS can garnish SSDI benefits with or without the debtor's consent; however, the IRS can only receive up to 15 percent of your benefit amount per month.


Second, custodial parents may garnish a disabled, non-custodial parent's SSDI benefits to recover back child support.


Finally, federal agencies owed non-tax debt can garnish SSDI benefits.


Under no circumstances can Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits be garnished. That means even the IRS cannot garnish wages of a delinquent taxpayer who receives SSI benefits.


Why Should You Hire a Local Attorney for Your Social Security Disability Case?

Law BookThere may be a temptation to hire one of the big National Disability Groups for your Social Security Disability case based on advertising, even though they are usually in a distant state.


I am strongly of the opinion that hiring a local attorney for your Social Security Disability case is always better and this is why.


A Local Social Security Disability Attorney:


1) Meets with you face to face;


2) Is actually an Attorney, many National Disability firms use mostly paralegals or non-attorney "advocates;"


3) Knows the local Administrative Law Judges who will decide your case;


4) Is familiar with the personnel at your local Social Security office and the quirks of getting things done there;


5) Is familiar with your doctors and their medical staff - from whom cooperation is crucial to your case; and


6) Is NOT really working for your Long Term Disability Carrier, but is really working for you.


"Together on the Pathway to Wellness" Conference


Wellness conference logoPlease join me in attending this exciting new conference.


Friday, October 11

8:45 am - 2:40 pm

Cost: $20 (which includes lunch)

Northern Virginia Community College
Ernst Community Cultural Center
Annandale Campus
8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA
For persons with mental health issues and/or substance use disorders, and professionals and others with interest in the topic of wellness and recovery.

Spend a day exploring what paths and supports are available to us in Fairfax County and have hands-on-fun learning mindfulness techniques and physical approaches to wellness.

To register or for more information please click here. 


Sheri Abrams' Book "Don't Gamble With Your Social Security Disability Benefits--What Every Virginia Resident Needs To Know To Win A Social Security Disability Case" Is Available

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"Don't Gamble With Your Social Security Disability Benefits--What Every Virginia Resident Needs To Know To Win A Social Security Disability Case" is now available for the Nook here.


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