When you’re thinking about applying for Social Security retirement, Social Security disability (SSD), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you can become overwhelmed by the complexity of the systems and the multiple steps and overlapping rules of each application process. You may have many questions and need some direction and help in your research in order to understand what each system is, how it works, and what you need to be aware of before applying or during your application. Luckily, there are many resources to help you understand the intricacies of Social Security and find the answers you are looking for.
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article discussing Social Security planners and online tools as options for people to explore when they have questions regarding Social Security options. One of the best places to begin your research is at the Social Security Administration’s website. Their comprehensive page “Understanding Social Security concepts” will help many people begin to understand the basics of the systems, and the Social Security Handbook thoroughly includes many of the more complicated details that you may need to know.
Of course, some people may have more specific questions about retirement, disability, survivor’s benefits, or pensions. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) website also provides a wealth of information about how Social Security works, including questions answered by knowledgeable and reliable sources. Our white page PDF “Social Security Disability: No Retirement Necessary” can also help explain some of your best options and details about the difference between disability and retirement.
Specifically when it comes to Social Security disability, our Disability Center is a comprehensive resource to answer everyone’s questions on disability benefits and the process of applying for them. Our FAQ page on disability is a good place to start, and you can use the search feature on the site to find more details about the specific questions you have. If you are denied on your Social Security disability claim and have not yet contacted one of our disability attorneys, consider contacting us immediately. Our qualified and experienced disability staff can answer all your questions about the appeals process while helping you get the benefits you need.