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Are My Social Security Benefits Taxable?

Though in the past Social Security income was tax-exempt, the landscape of Social Security has changed in recent years.  Social Security income is now federally taxable, though this does not apply to most beneficiaries.  Further, 15% of your Social Security benefits will be paid out tax-free, no matter what. Curious whether the bulk of your […]

Ex-Spouses May Receive Benefits

If you have already divorced (or are currently navigating the process of divorce) but your ex-spouse is or will receive a Social Security benefit, then you may be entitled to receive benefits as a matter of law. Importantly, however, there’s no need for the qualifying worker (on whose work record the ex-spouse will be obtaining […]

Representing Social Security Claimants

Whether you’re applying for SSI benefits for the first time, appealing a denial of benefits, filing for modification of existing benefits, or otherwise pursuing a claim under the Social Security Act, you are legally entitled to be represented by an attorney for such purposes.  Skilled Social Security disability attorneys are aggressive advocates for their clients, […]

Military Service and Social Security

If you’ve served in the military, then chances are that you’ve paid taxes into the Social Security system on the earnings you made during active (and inactive) military service.  As a current or former service member, your military earnings contribute to and help you qualify for Social Security benefits. It’s important to note that your […]

Medicare Drug Plan Support

Medicare prescription drug coverage can be costly and difficult for those who have limited financial resources.  Fortunately, the federal government provides those with limited means the opportunity to apply for and potentially receive “Extra Help” to defray the various costs associated with Medicare prescription drug coverage (i.e., premiums, deductibles, co-payments, etc.). Extra Help is an […]

Obtaining Social Security Benefits After a Loved One Dies

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has provided guidance for how Social Security can help you when a family member dies. Here, we will discuss some of the important factors that are considered when the SSA is determining Social Security benefit availability. How Can Social Security Help When a Family Member Dies? The following are some […]

The Unique Issues Related to Children and Social Security Benefits

Applying for and receiving appropriate Social Security benefits can be a complicated and difficult process. An experienced Social Security attorney can help you navigate the Social Security Administration (SSA) working to ensure you get all benefits you are entitled to. According to the SSA “about 4.3 million children receive benefits from the nearly $2.6 billion […]

Same-Sex Couples and Social Security

Social Security is complicated in the USA. Navigating the Social Security Administration (SSA) and all the laws surrounding Social Security can be daunting. The law can become even more complicated for those in a same-sex relationship. Here we discuss some of the major questions facing same-sex couples. Do I qualify for benefits as a spouse […]

Social Security Benefits: A Look at the Changes for 2017

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced changes to Social Security beginning in 2017 that may impact you. If you have concerns about these changes you should contact one of the experienced Tampa Social Security lawyers at Mike Murburg, P.A. for guidance. Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Due to increases in the cost-of-living, Social Security and Supplemental […]

The Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowance List

Like many social security disability applicants, one of your biggest frustrations with the system is how long it takes to reach a decision.  Especially if this is not your first application for disability benefits.  You might wonder if it takes this long for everyone.  The answer is no.  There are some medical conditions that are […]