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Social Security disability and assets




 
Are assets (meaning cars, cash, property etc.) important when you file a social security disability or SSI claim? Well, the answer depends on which disability program you are talking about.

Social security disability is a program that is based on being insured for disability benefits as a result of having worked long enough and having paid enough into the system. For social security disability, the assets you have are not an issue and do not enough get considered in the disability decision process.

SSI, however, is different. The Supplemental Security Income program (otherwise known as SSI) is based on need, therefore your resources and income have to be evaluated when your claim is filed.

Most often, when you file for Social Security Disability (not a need based program), you will be asked questions about income and resources to ascertain if you also may qualify for SSI. Why you might ask? Well, Social Security disability has a five-month waiting period in which you will not be paid a benefit even if you are approved, and you may be qualified to receive SSI during those months if you meet the income and resource limits.








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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI


These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it