Social Security Disability &
  Special Needs Planning News
 from
 Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law
In This Issue:
All Social Security Offices Remain Closed
Advance Designation of Representative Payee
Special Needs Planning in the Age of The Pandemic
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Issue: #134

May 2020

 
    
Memorial Day weekend is a time when we reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made by those who have served our country.
 
As we remember and honor the men and women of the military, I'm also reflecting on the sacrifices of healthcare and other essential workers... even just our own neighbors who have gone out of their way to help other neighbors during this COVID-19 crisis. We've seen so many selfless acts right in our own backyard and it gives me hope for the future.
 
I have to say that it's been nice connecting with so many of our clients via Zoom meetings. I've even gotten creative with our document signing processes...here's a picture of me doing a "drive by" signing for a local family!
 
I know these times are challenging and parents want the peace of mind knowing that their child with special needs will be protected if they get sick or pass away.  Please rest assured that we are here working and we can still help you get all of your special needs and estate planning taken care of in a safe and socially distanced way. If you have questions or you'd like to meet, just hit "reply" and we'll set up a phone call or video chat.
 
While this year's Memorial Day weekend may be different than what we have been used to, I hope that you still have a safe and enjoyable holiday. Here's hoping for brighter summer days ahead. 

Sheri
All Social Security Offices Remain Closed

Since March 17, 2020, all local Social Security offices have been closed to the public for in-person service. As of now there has been no word as to when they will re-open. However, some services remain available online and local Social Security offices continue to provide critical services over the phone.
 
If you need help from Social Security:
 
First, use Social Security's online services by visiting: 


Online you can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card, and print a benefit verification letter.
 
If you cannot conduct your Social Security business online, you can call Social Security's National 800 Number at 1-800-772-1213. 

You can also call your local Social Security office directly.
 
The phone numbers for the local Social Security offices in Northern Virginia are:

Fairfax:              (866) 829-3158
Manassas:        (855) 210-0123
Alexandria:       (888) 472-2402

To locate your local Social Security office using your home zip code visit:


If you already have an in-office appointment scheduled, Social Security will call you to handle your appointment over the phone instead. If you have a hearing scheduled, Social Security will call you to discuss alternatives for continuing with your hearing, including offering a telephone hearing.
 
Social Security has suspended their work on medical continuing disability reviews and the processing and collection of overpayments.  

Social Security is also not conducting organization or individual representative payee accountings.
 
Advance Designation of Representative Payee

Social Security is now offering the option to advance designate a representative payee to those who are applying for or receiving Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). 

Advance designation allows you to designate up to three individuals who could serve as your representative payee if the need ever arises.
 
If you become unable to manage, or direct others to manage, your benefits in the future, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that someone you trust may be appointed to manage your benefits for you.
 
Social Security will only contact advance designees if they feel that they need to find a representative payee to assist you in managing your benefits. Advance designation is not an appointment of a representative payee, nor is it a power of attorney. It is optional, and you can update or withdraw your advance designation at any time. If you choose to participate, Social Security will send you a notice each year listing your advance designees for your review.
 
You can submit your advance designation request when you apply for benefits or after you are already receiving benefits. You may do so by electronic submission through your "my Social Security account", by telephone, in person (when the local offices re-open), or in writing.

You may not designate an organization to be an advance designee and a person named in a power of attorney cannot advance designate on behalf of a beneficiary or claimant.
 
For more information on this new program, click here.
 
Special Needs Planning in the Age of The Pandemic

Click the image below to watch a video I recorded with tips on Special Needs Planning during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
Free Download of Sheri Abrams' Special Needs Planning Guide!

Special Needs Planning is critical to ensure that parents can access key benefits and resources that will be necessary to ensure a smooth transition for their child into adulthood. 

You can download a free copy:  here

Free Download of Sheri Abrams' Book "Don't Gamble With Your Social Security Disability Benefits"

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Oakton, VA 22124
(571) 328-5795


 

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