Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Income: The Basics

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a type of government benefits program available to people who are disabled and impoverished. If you are disabled and eligible for any other type of welfare program, then you are probably eligible for SSI.


If you have any questions about whether your medical condition counts as a disability — or about whether your income and assets will allow you to meet the definition of “impoverished” so you can qualify for SSI benefits, it is a good idea to contact an experienced SSI lawyer as soon as possible.

Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law
Offices in Parkersburg, Charleston, Logan, Huntington and Beckley, West Virginia – and Charlotte, NC.
1.877.526.3457 | E-Mail

At the law firm of Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law we focus our practice almost exclusively on helping disabled individuals with applications and appeals relating to Supplemental Security Income and other types of government benefits.


Because this is the primary type of law we practice, our lawyers and staff have years of experience with the complicated and confusing rules and regulations of the Social Security Administration.


Many people who represent themselves in applications for SSI have their applications denied during the first round. Why put yourself in the position of having to wait months, or even years, for appeals? At Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, we will use your medical and financial records to build a strong case for you with your initial application — giving you a better chance for an approval.


We will collect all your medical records and make a close examination of your financial situation. We will help you make sure your finances are organized in a way that gives you the best chance for a successful SSI application.


And, if an appeal becomes necessary, we will represent you every step of the way. When dealing with the government, we won’t take “no” for an answer.


Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, also represents U.S. veterans attempting to claim VA disability benefits for service-connected disabilities.

What Is the Definition of ‘Disability’ for SSI and SSDI Purposes?

Under the law, a disability is any medical condition that prevents you from maintaining substantial gainful activity due to a medically determinable physical or mental impairment. The condition must last for a continuous period of 12 months or result in death.

What Assets Will Count Against Me in My SSI Application?

Applicants for SSI must show that they are impoverished. An individual must have $2,000 or less in “countable” resources ($3,000 for a couple). Some assets are excluded from this cap, including:


  • The home where you live
  • One vehicle per household used for doctor’s visits
  • A life insurance policy with a face value of $1,500 or less
  • Burial plots for you and immediate family members
  • Irreversible life burial funds of up to $1,500 for you and up to $1,500 for your spouse
  • Food stamps
  • Income tax refunds
  • Grants, scholarships or gifts used for tuition and educational expenses
  • Disaster assistance

Get a Free Consultation From Jan Dils, a Supplemental Security Income Attorney

If you have any questions about the process of applying for Supplemental Security Income — whether questions about your specific medical condition or about your financial resources — we invite you to review the following pages of this Web site:



Keep in mind, though, that every individual’s situation is unique. For answers to questions about your specific circumstances, we encourage you to contact our office immediately to schedule a free initial consultation. We can conduct the interview over the telephone, or at one of our West Virginia offices — in Parkersburg, Charleston, Logan, Huntington or Beckley – and Charlotte, NC.


Call toll free, 1.877.526.3457, or send us an e-mail to schedule an appointment.


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