The Law Offices of Dr. Bill LaTour focus on Supplemental Security Income [SSI] disability law. We assist clients throughout Southern California with their SSI applications and appeals. SSI provides benefits to individuals who have a limited work history and are suffering from a mental or physical disability. SSI benefits are also available to individuals age 65 or older, or who are blind.
We help California residents deal with the Social Security Administration from our offices in California. We can help you at any stage of your SSI application and claim.
By limiting our practice to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or SSI claims, we can ensure that you receive the legal help you need for your Social Security claim. Attorney Bill LaTour is also a licensed clinical psychologist, enabling him to fully understand the mental and physical impairments that result in disability as well as the mental and emotional stress that can be associated with pursuing SSI disability benefits.
What’s considered a “disability” for SSDI benefits applies equally to SSI benefits. You must have a physical or mental impairment that has lasted 12 months or more, or is expected to last, at least 12 months, that prevents you from working in any occupation.
You could be entitled to monthly SSI cash payments if you are disabled, unable to work, and have very little income and few resources. Specifically, your income must be very low and your total assets (not including your home and car) must not exceed a set amount. The amount of monthly benefits depends on your household income.
The federal government has rules on what it does or doesn’t consider “Income” relevant for SSI eligibility. The sources of income included in the assessment include money you earn from working, pensions, Social Security benefits, alimony, child support and food and shelter.
As your household income rises above a certain amount, the amount of SSI you are due begins to decrease dollar for dollar.
The assets used to assess whether you qualify for SSI include real estate other than the house you live in, bank accounts, cash, stocks and bonds. Social Security does not count the home you live in or the land it is on.
SSI is also available to children with serious medical conditions that the government considers disabilities. For purposes of determining a child’s monthly disability benefit, part of the income of the parent or parents is deemed to be the child’s income.
Dr. Bill LaTour is one of the premier social security disability lawyers in Southern California with offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, Palm Desert, Hemet, Lancaster and Colton. Dr. LaTour works almost exclusively in helping clients with their claims for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits as well as their Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. To schedule a consultation with Dr. LaTour and have your case reviewed, please give us a call at 877-927-3431 or complete our inquiry contact form.