Is your disabled child maximizing his or her Social Security benefits?

In my many years of practice, I have found that not every parent is aware of all of the benefits to which their disabled child may be entitled.  Social Security has additional benefits available to Disabled Adult Children (DAC) who were found to be disabled prior to the age of 22. Qualifications In order to… Read More »

Social Security Disability: It’s a Marathon, Not A Sprint!

This article is written by Crysti Farra, Esq., a guest author for the Russo Law Group P.C. blog.  Social Security, as a program, began in 1935; however, it took more than 20 years before Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) was added under the Eisenhower administration. Even still, those in the population who were younger than 55,… Read More »

Do I Qualify for Supplemental Security Income?

Social Security is a retirement benefit for individuals who are working and contributing to the social security system. However, it also has a benefit for disabled workers and disabled individuals. Supplemental Security Disability Social Security Disability (SSD) is a plan that functions under the Social Security umbrella. If you’ve contributed to the Social Security system,… Read More »

Organizational Apps That Help You Move & More!

Our practice produces many important documents for elderly clients. Clients may forget where these documents are located within their home, lose track of the documents’ location over the course of a move, or may pass on without sharing the actual documents (or their location) with their children, executor, or guardian. There are a few smartphone… Read More »

Caring for a Child with Special Needs? You May Be Eligible for Early Social Security Benefits

Caring for a child with special needs requires many resources, one of which may be Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). When a parent of a child with special needs retires and begins receiving Social Security retirement benefits, the child may qualify for SSDI. A lesser known provision in the Social Security regulation allows the spouse… Read More »

What You Need to Know About the Medicaid 5-Year Lookback

Many people that I meet have either heard of or think they know something about Medicaid’s 5-year lookback rule, but most people do not know exactly what it means. For example, they may not realize that there are certain transfers (gifts) during that 5-year period that don’t have any impact on Medicaid eligibility. These are… Read More »

Rest Assured, Your Social Security Benefit Information Is Still Readily Available

No matter how much we try to focus on taking things day by day, the uncertainty of the future always seems to linger in the back of our minds. We worry about things like: If I get hurt and can no longer work, how much will I receive in Social Security Disability? Once I decide to… Read More »

Our Knowledge Is Your Knowledge

When speaking with clients about the complicated Medicaid rules, availability, and exceptions, they often reply something like, “Wow, there’s so much to know.” Clients come to us because we know the rules, and more importantly, we know the exceptions.

Are You Ready for Tax Season? Tips for 2016

We’re heading into the 2016 tax season. By the beginning or middle of February, you should have received all your tax statements, which might include: A W-2 from an employer; A 1099 statement from a bank or brokerage account; An SSA-1099 from the Social Security Administration; A 1099-R from a retirement investment; and A schedule… Read More »

You Don’t Need to Travel to Our Office to Get Help

Unless you have a crystal ball, it’s impossible to predict what the future holds. Should you become unable to make your own decisions, it is imperative to appoint someone to take care of your affairs and make healthcare decisions on your behalf.  Additionally, in order to ensure that your assets are passed on to your… Read More »

New York ABLE legislation awaits Governor’s approval

The New York State Assembly and Senate recently passed Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) legislation that will allow families the opportunity to set up tax-free 529A savings accounts for disability-related expenses. The legislation is currently awaiting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s approval. The bill follows upon enactment by the federal government of the Stephen Beck, Jr.,… Read More »

Are Veterans Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?

The brave men and women in our military not only deserve our gratitude for their service, but also all the care we can provide. This means providing them with the appropriate benefits should they become disabled during service. When many people think of benefits owed to our veterans they think of medical treatment, but this… Read More »