In addition to benefits for disabled individuals, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides benefits to certain family members if they become disabled or widowed. Children or survivors may qualify, but the rules and calculations can be confusing.The experienced lawyers of JP Law help disability claimants and their family members get members get child, spousal, and survivor benefits. Our Portland based law firm practices only in Social Security Disability law, serving clients throughout Oregon, Washington, California and beyond, including Hawaii.
Oregon Lawyers For Survivor Disability Benefits
Beyond claims for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSD and SSI), we help clients obtain:
- Disabled Widow's or Widower's Benefits (DWB) — If the late husband or wife was insured under Social Security, that person's widow or widower may qualify for survivor benefits if he or she becomes disabled. The widow/widower must be at least 50 years old and the disability must have occurred within a certain period after the spouse's death. The widow/widower can receive benefits at any age if he or she is caring for a minor child of the deceased under the age of 16.
- Divorced spouses — The ex-spouse of a disability recipient may be entitled to survivor benefits at age 60 if the marriage lasted at least 10 years, or at any age if the ex-spouse is caring for the deceased's child under the age of 16.
- Disabled Child Benefits (DCB) — An adult child may qualify for benefits if he or she is unmarried and becomes disabled before the age of 22. The adult disabled child may be eligible for DCB benefits if (a) one parent is drawing Social Security Disability or Social Security Retirement benefits, or (b) if one parent who is deceased was eligible for Social Security (disability or retirement).
- Disabled Children Under 18 (SSI) — Supplemental Security Income is for children under age 18 who are disabled if their parents are not or were not eligible for Social Security.
- Other family members — Under certain criteria, benefits may be granted to the stepchildren, grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, adopted children or parents of a disability recipient who has died.
Child benefits, social security spousal benefits, and survivor benefits for our Portland clients are based on a percentage of the primary recipient's Social Security Disability award. The attorneys of JP Law can make sure that the original award and any benefits to dependents and survivors are calculated correctly. We also handle administrative appeals of denied claims for social security spousal and survivor benefits in Portland.
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For a FREE CONSULTATION with our experienced social security spousal and survivor benefits attorneys, call 503-245-6309 or or in California at (916) 678-9057, or contact us online. There is NO OBLIGATION to hire our firm and there are NO FEES unless we win your case.