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Do you remember those earnings reports you used to get in the mail from time to time from the Social Security Administration? I sure do. I always found them interesting when I was younger, but then I started working for our law firm, and wanted to find out what they really meant.
I was curious to learn more, so I spoke to Jenny, one of our Case Managers, and she told me a little more about them. She informed me that while we don’t have access to them, clients often find them very helpful because it gives them an idea of how much they will receive if they get approved. She further explained that a lot of our current clients will often ask about this amount, and since we can’t provide them with that number that they should create an account online, or call their Social Security office.
After talking with Jenny I was sad to learn that they do not come via mail now. However, like Jenny said, they are accessible via the Social Security website. For fun, I decided to go on and check mine. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to set up an account. All it takes is a few simple steps, a valid email address, and about 5 minutes, then you have access to all of your past earnings. Don’t let the quick process confuse you though, the site is very secure. I learned so much. For one, I can’t retire at 28 like I was hoping. After realizing I have to work for at least a few more years I checked the rest of the site. I was able to review how much I made every year that I worked. I even used the calculators for retirement to see how much I would receive at retirement age. Once again, I’m not retiring at 28.
One of the nicest features of the site was that I could estimate how much money I would receive if I became disabled today. Even better I s that it is extremely easy to navigate. It clearly stated based on my past work history I would receive “X” amount per month. I honestly can’t believe how helpful this would be for some of our clients going through the Disability process, especially for those just starting out. As someone who tends to worry, it’s reassuring to know I have access to these numbers at any time in case I need them. Also, as a “chronic worrier,” I would love to have someone to help me go through the Social Security process with me. I’m glad to know there are organizations like Jan Dils Attorneys at Law that can help people with this difficult process. If you are interested in applying for Social Security or have even been denied, give our office a call today: 1-877-526-3457.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law