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SeniorLAW Helpline - 877 PA SR LAW (1-877-727-7529)

The statewide toll-free SeniorLAW Helpline - 877 PA SR LAW (877-727-7529) - provides free legal advice, information and referrals by telephone for all Pennsylvania seniors 60 and over.

Application for a Social Security Card

From the Social Security Administration: Use this form to apply for (1) An original Social Security card; (2) A replacement Social Security card; or (3) A change of information on your record. [PDF]

Apply Online For Social Security Disability Benefits

Online Application for Social Security Disability Benefits

Apply Online For Social Security Retirement Benefits

Social Security offers this online retirement application that you can complete in as little as 15 minutes.

Social Security Benefit Application - Medicare

Online Medicare application from the Social Security Administration.

Applying and Appealing for Disability at Social Security (Video)

Watch this video from ctlawhelp to learn about how to apply and appeal for disability at Social Security. This video covers federal laws so the information in it is true no matter what state you live in.

Online Services: Apply For Retirement, Disability or Medicare Benefits and Other Services from the Social Security Administration

From this webpage of the Social Security Administration you can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and more – from anywhere and from any of your devices!

Social Security Retirement Estimator

The Retirement Estimator produces estimates that are based on your actual Social Security earnings record and has been rated the Federal Government's Best Online Service.

Benefits For People With Disabilities

Information from the Social Security Administration about programs available to people with disabilities. Information includes how to apply, on-line forms, and a link to the benefit eligibility screening tool.

Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors - Social Security Administration

Military service members can receive expedited processing of disability claims from Social Security. Benefits available through us are different from those available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application. The expedited process is used for military service members whose disability occurred while on active military duty on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs.

Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool (B.E.S.T.)

The Social Security Adminisitration's Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) is an online tool that you can use to find out if you could be eligible for benefits from any of the programs Social Security administers. This tool will give you eligibility information based on answers you give on the online form.

Request for Social Security Earnings Information

This form will request verification of employment dates from the Social Security Administration. You may need this if you are having difficulty obtaining dates of employment for a pension, social security application, or personal reason. Please note: fees apply depending on the number of years you are requesting. [PDF] (02-2021) FREE yearly totals of earnings are available at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.

Social Security for Wounded Warriors (Webinar/Video)

This SSA webinar explains the Social Security disability claims process and expedited processing available to wounded warriors. This outreach program will provide general information about Social Security disability benefits as well as topics unique to wounded warriors. (Recorded 11/4/2009)

Survivors Planner: Planning For Your Survivors

Information from the Social Security Administration about help it can provide for your survivors when you die if you have earned enough Social Security credits through your work.

Benefits.gov

Benefits.gov is the official benefits website of the U.S. government whose mission is to increase citizen access to benefit information, while reducing the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government. It is a free, online confidential tool that helps you find government benefits you may be eligible to receive.

Apply Online For Social Security Disability Benefits

Online Application for Social Security Disability Benefits

Applying and Appealing for Disability at Social Security (Video)

Watch this video from ctlawhelp to learn about how to apply and appeal for disability at Social Security. This video covers federal laws so the information in it is true no matter what state you live in.

Online Services: Apply For Retirement, Disability or Medicare Benefits and Other Services from the Social Security Administration

From this webpage of the Social Security Administration you can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and more – from anywhere and from any of your devices!

Benefits For Children With Disabilities

This booklet from the Social Security Administration is written primarily for the parents and caregivers of children with disabilities and adults disabled since childhood. It illustrates the kinds of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits a child with a disability might be eligible for and explains how SSA evaluates disability claims for children. [PDF]

Benefits For People With Disabilities

Information from the Social Security Administration about programs available to people with disabilities. Information includes how to apply, on-line forms, and a link to the benefit eligibility screening tool.

Disability Benefits

This booklet from the Social Security Administration provides an overview of the various kinds of disability benefits available through the Social Security Administration. This booklet will tell you who may get benefits, how to apply and what you need to know once benefits start. [PDF]

Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors - Social Security Administration

Military service members can receive expedited processing of disability claims from Social Security. Benefits available through us are different from those available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application. The expedited process is used for military service members whose disability occurred while on active military duty on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs.

Employment Support For People with Disabilities

Social Security Administration web site designed to support the employment of Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities through the Ticket to Work program.

Have You Been Denied Social Security Benefits?

Information from the Erie County Bar Association on the procedure to file an appeal of a denial of Social Security benefits. (February 2019)

Social Security Disability Benefits

Information from the Erie County Bar Association on whether you might be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits. (February 2019)

Working While Disabled - How We Can Help

This booklet from the Social Security Administration provides information for people who are receiving Social Security disability insurance benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits, but still want to work. It provides an overview of the various work incentive rules and answers many related questions. [PDF] (January 2022)

Section 301 Requires Continued Social Security Disability Benefits While Participating in a Vocational Rehabilitation or Similar Program

Information from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia on your right to continue to receive Social Security and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability Benefits while participating in a Vocational Rehabilitation or similar program.

Social Security and SSI Overpayments

This multimedia presentation explains the facts about Overpayments in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs, including when an overpayment might occur and what you can do when you are informed that an overpayment is being assessed against you. (November 2012)

Social Security Benefits for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Information from the National Association of Social Workers for people with HIV infection regarding disability benefits available through Social Security. [PDF]

Social Security for Wounded Warriors (Webinar/Video)

This SSA webinar explains the Social Security disability claims process and expedited processing available to wounded warriors. This outreach program will provide general information about Social Security disability benefits as well as topics unique to wounded warriors. (Recorded 11/4/2009)

Preparing for Your Disability Hearing (Video)

This video is for people seeking disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSI and SSD). It explains the disability process, defines a few key terms, and permits an Administrative Law Judge, Vocational Expert, and Medical Advisor to explain their roles. (November 2011)

Apply Online For Social Security Retirement Benefits

Social Security offers this online retirement application that you can complete in as little as 15 minutes.

Social Security Benefit Application - Medicare

Online Medicare application from the Social Security Administration.

Online Services: Apply For Retirement, Disability or Medicare Benefits and Other Services from the Social Security Administration

From this webpage of the Social Security Administration you can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and more – from anywhere and from any of your devices!

Social Security Retirement Estimator

The Retirement Estimator produces estimates that are based on your actual Social Security earnings record and has been rated the Federal Government's Best Online Service.

Social Security Retirement Benefits

Information from the Erie County Bar Association on your entitlement to Social Security Retirement benefits. (Posted: August 2018)

Social Security Retirement Benefits

Social Security is part of the retirement plan for almost every American worker. It provides replacement income for qualified retirees and their families. This section of the SSA website helps you better understand the program, the application process, and the online tools and resources available to you.

Do you get your benefits from Social Security on a DEBIT CARD?

Information from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia on "Direct Express" - the only official card for getting your Social Security, SSI, and SSDI benefits. It is free to sign up and can be used without fees. [PDF]

Social Security Direct Deposit

Information on receiving your benefits from the Social Security Administration by Direct Deposit or through a Direct Express debit card. The Direct Express® card is a debit card you can use to access your benefits and you don't need a bank account.

How to Report Your Income When You Are Working

Did you know that as an employed recipient of Social Security you are responsible for reporting your earnings? If you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you or your representative must promptly report any changes in your work activity. Information on your responsibilities and how to report from Disability Rights Pennsylvania.

Request for Social Security Earnings Information

This form will request verification of employment dates from the Social Security Administration. You may need this if you are having difficulty obtaining dates of employment for a pension, social security application, or personal reason. Please note: fees apply depending on the number of years you are requesting. [PDF] (02-2021) FREE yearly totals of earnings are available at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.

Social Security and SSI Overpayments

This multimedia presentation explains the facts about Overpayments in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs, including when an overpayment might occur and what you can do when you are informed that an overpayment is being assessed against you. (November 2012)

Self Employed: Social Security and Medicare

Fact Sheet from the Social Security Administration for people who are self-employed regarding paying Social Security and Medicare taxes, earning credits, calculating net earnings, and more. (2022) [PDF]

A Guide for Seniors and Their Families: Issues on Aging

Consumer Legal Information Pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association [PDF]

A Guide to Legal Issues for Pennsylvania Senior Citizens [PDF]

The handbook from the Pennsylvania Bar Association provides valuable information on legal issues and questions that concern Pennsylvania's senior citizens and the persons and organizations that care for them. (2016-2017) [PDF Format, 83 pages]

Benefit Publications from the Social Security Administration

Large collection of publications providing information on the various programs such as: disability benefits, appeal process, benefits for people with HIV, how workmans' compensation can affect your disability benefits, children with disabilities, info on receiving your payments, benefits for those who are blind or have low vision, details on ticket to work incentives, info on working while disabled, retirement benefits, government pension offset, medicare, windfall provision, survivors benefits, SSI, SSI for non-citizens, food stamps and other nutrition progams, protecting your on social security numbers, and more. Many publications available in Spanish.

Application for a Social Security Card

From the Social Security Administration: Use this form to apply for (1) An original Social Security card; (2) A replacement Social Security card; or (3) A change of information on your record. [PDF]

Apply Online For Social Security Disability Benefits

Online Application for Social Security Disability Benefits

Apply Online For Social Security Retirement Benefits

Social Security offers this online retirement application that you can complete in as little as 15 minutes.

Social Security Benefit Application - Medicare

Online Medicare application from the Social Security Administration.

Online Services: Apply For Retirement, Disability or Medicare Benefits and Other Services from the Social Security Administration

From this webpage of the Social Security Administration you can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and more – from anywhere and from any of your devices!

Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool (B.E.S.T.)

The Social Security Adminisitration's Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) is an online tool that you can use to find out if you could be eligible for benefits from any of the programs Social Security administers. This tool will give you eligibility information based on answers you give on the online form.

Benefits.gov

Benefits.gov is the official benefits website of the U.S. government whose mission is to increase citizen access to benefit information, while reducing the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government. It is a free, online confidential tool that helps you find government benefits you may be eligible to receive.

Social Security Retirement Estimator

The Retirement Estimator produces estimates that are based on your actual Social Security earnings record and has been rated the Federal Government's Best Online Service.

Request for Social Security Earnings Information

This form will request verification of employment dates from the Social Security Administration. You may need this if you are having difficulty obtaining dates of employment for a pension, social security application, or personal reason. Please note: fees apply depending on the number of years you are requesting. [PDF] (02-2021) FREE yearly totals of earnings are available at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.

Federal Court Finder

Find a federal court location by location or court name, including appellate, district, bankruptcy, probation and pretrial office, or federal defender organization. Each District Court has its own local forms which are generally available on the Court website.

Have You Been Denied Social Security Benefits?

Information from the Erie County Bar Association on the procedure to file an appeal of a denial of Social Security benefits. (February 2019)

Social Security Disability Benefits

Information from the Erie County Bar Association on whether you might be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits. (February 2019)

Social Security Retirement Benefits

Information from the Erie County Bar Association on your entitlement to Social Security Retirement benefits. (Posted: August 2018)

A Guide for Seniors and Their Families: Issues on Aging

Consumer Legal Information Pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association [PDF]

A Guide to Legal Issues for Pennsylvania Senior Citizens [PDF]

The handbook from the Pennsylvania Bar Association provides valuable information on legal issues and questions that concern Pennsylvania's senior citizens and the persons and organizations that care for them. (2016-2017) [PDF Format, 83 pages]

About Your Social Security Number and Card

A Social Security number is important because you need it to get a job, collect Social Security benefits and get some other government services. You should keep your Social Security card in a safe place with your other important papers and avoid giving it out unnecessarily. Learn more about why you need one and how to get a number and a new or replacement Social Security Card.

Apply Online For Social Security Disability Benefits

Online Application for Social Security Disability Benefits

Apply Online For Social Security Retirement Benefits

Social Security offers this online retirement application that you can complete in as little as 15 minutes.

Social Security Benefit Application - Medicare

Online Medicare application from the Social Security Administration.

Online Services: Apply For Retirement, Disability or Medicare Benefits and Other Services from the Social Security Administration

From this webpage of the Social Security Administration you can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and more – from anywhere and from any of your devices!

Benefits For Children With Disabilities

This booklet from the Social Security Administration is written primarily for the parents and caregivers of children with disabilities and adults disabled since childhood. It illustrates the kinds of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits a child with a disability might be eligible for and explains how SSA evaluates disability claims for children. [PDF]

Benefits For People With Disabilities

Information from the Social Security Administration about programs available to people with disabilities. Information includes how to apply, on-line forms, and a link to the benefit eligibility screening tool.

Disability Benefits

This booklet from the Social Security Administration provides an overview of the various kinds of disability benefits available through the Social Security Administration. This booklet will tell you who may get benefits, how to apply and what you need to know once benefits start. [PDF]

Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors - Social Security Administration

Military service members can receive expedited processing of disability claims from Social Security. Benefits available through us are different from those available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application. The expedited process is used for military service members whose disability occurred while on active military duty on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs.

Employment Support For People with Disabilities

Social Security Administration web site designed to support the employment of Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities through the Ticket to Work program.

How Worker's Compensation And Other Disability Payments May Affect Your Benefits

Information from the Social Security Administration regarding how workers’ compensation and other public disability benefits may reduce your Social Security Disability Benefits. [PDF] (December 2021)

Social Security Retirement Benefits

Social Security is part of the retirement plan for almost every American worker. It provides replacement income for qualified retirees and their families. This section of the SSA website helps you better understand the program, the application process, and the online tools and resources available to you.

Working While Disabled - How We Can Help

This booklet from the Social Security Administration provides information for people who are receiving Social Security disability insurance benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits, but still want to work. It provides an overview of the various work incentive rules and answers many related questions. [PDF] (January 2022)

Social Security Direct Deposit

Information on receiving your benefits from the Social Security Administration by Direct Deposit or through a Direct Express debit card. The Direct Express® card is a debit card you can use to access your benefits and you don't need a bank account.

Request for Social Security Earnings Information

This form will request verification of employment dates from the Social Security Administration. You may need this if you are having difficulty obtaining dates of employment for a pension, social security application, or personal reason. Please note: fees apply depending on the number of years you are requesting. [PDF] (02-2021) FREE yearly totals of earnings are available at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.

Your Ticket To Work

Information from the Social Security Administration regarding the Ticket To Work Program and how more Americans with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in the workforce and lessen their dependence on public benefits. Some of the work incentives allow you to keep some Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or SSI benefits, and your Medicaid or Medicare, while you transition to the workplace. (July 2020) [PDF]

Government Pension Offset - A Law that Affects Spouse's Or Widow(er)'s Benefits

If you receive a retirement or disability pension from a federal, state, or local government based on your own work for which you didn’t pay Social Security taxes, SSA may reduce your Social Security spouses or widows or widowers benefits. This fact sheet provides answers to questions you may have about the reduction. (May 2019)

Identity Theft And Your Social Security Number

Information from the Social Security Administration on protecting your Social Security number and preventing identity theft. [PDF] (July 2021)

Foreign Workers and Social Security Numbers

Information from the Social Security Administration for foreign workers about why you need a Social Security number and how to get one. [PDF] (July 2017)

If You Are Blind Or Have Low Vision - How We Can Help

Information from the Social Security Administration for those who are blind or have low vision regarding benefits you may be eligible for through Social Security. [PDF] (January 2022)

Social Security Benefits for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Information from the National Association of Social Workers for people with HIV infection regarding disability benefits available through Social Security. [PDF]

Social Security & Entering the United States of America

Section of the Social Security Administration website providing information about Social Security for recent immigrants and other non-citizens entering the United States.

Social Security for Wounded Warriors (Webinar/Video)

This SSA webinar explains the Social Security disability claims process and expedited processing available to wounded warriors. This outreach program will provide general information about Social Security disability benefits as well as topics unique to wounded warriors. (Recorded 11/4/2009)

Survivors Planner: Planning For Your Survivors

Information from the Social Security Administration about help it can provide for your survivors when you die if you have earned enough Social Security credits through your work.

Your Social Security Number And Card

You need a Social Security number to work. We use your Social Security number to record your earnings and determine your eligibility for Social Security benefits and certain government services. Many financial institutions, such as banks and credit companies, also ask for your number when you open an account. This provides information from the Social Security Administration on obtaining and Social Security number and card. [PDF] (January 2021)

The role of a representative payee

Information on the duties and responsibilities of a Representative Payee appointed by the Social Security Administration to receive Social Security or SSI benefits for anyone who can’t manage or direct the management of their benefits.

Self Employed: Social Security and Medicare

Fact Sheet from the Social Security Administration for people who are self-employed regarding paying Social Security and Medicare taxes, earning credits, calculating net earnings, and more. (2022) [PDF]

Social Security Podcasts (Audio)

Audio Podcasts offered by the Social Security Administration. Hear presentations and conversations about Social Security programs and services administered by the agency.

Benefit Publications from the Social Security Administration

Large collection of publications providing information on the various programs such as: disability benefits, appeal process, benefits for people with HIV, how workmans' compensation can affect your disability benefits, children with disabilities, info on receiving your payments, benefits for those who are blind or have low vision, details on ticket to work incentives, info on working while disabled, retirement benefits, government pension offset, medicare, windfall provision, survivors benefits, SSI, SSI for non-citizens, food stamps and other nutrition progams, protecting your on social security numbers, and more. Many publications available in Spanish.

What You Need To Know About Misleading Advertising

Fact Sheet warns against misleading advertisers. Don't pay someone else for services which Social Security will do for free, including correcting your name on your social security card, obtaining replacement cards or new cards for children, and obtaining social security statements. (September 2018)

How to Report Your Income When You Are Working

Did you know that as an employed recipient of Social Security you are responsible for reporting your earnings? If you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you or your representative must promptly report any changes in your work activity. Information on your responsibilities and how to report from Disability Rights Pennsylvania.

Ticket to Work Program: A Beneficiary's Guide

The Ticket to Work Program of the Social Security Administration was designed by Congress to allow you to test your ability to work while continuing to receive cash and health care benefits and gradually become self-supporting. This provides information on who is eligible for the program and how it can help you obtain self-suffficiency.

When Can My Employer Pay Me Less Than the Minimum Wage? - A Fact Sheet for Social Security Beneficiaries

This Fact Sheet from the Disability Rights Pennsylvania will explain the right of Social Security beneficiaries returning to work, like all employees, to be paid the minimum wage, unless your employer gets special certification to pay you less than the minimum wage. It also explains other rights that you have as an employee regardless of your rate of pay. [PDF] (February 2018)

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