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A Downers Grove Social Security Attorney Who Cares For Her Clients


If you have a disability that renders you unable to work and maintain an income, there may be help available through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Individuals may apply for Social Security benefits through a disability application available online or in person at a local Social Security office. If you are denied benefits, you will need the assistance of a disability attorney. Downers Grove Social Security attorney Mary L. Collins has practiced disability law for over 30 years, and her practice also includes estate planning for individuals and families. Every client receives her utmost personal attention and care as she works to obtain results.

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This page provides general information about how you can apply for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits.

What are the eligibility requirements for Social Security Disability or Supplementary Security Income?

If the Social Security Administration denied your disability benefit application, you have the opportunity to appeal your claim. Many claims are denied at the initial stage and reconsideration level. It may take going to a hearing to have your claim approved. Substantial numbers of applications are approved upon appeal, but there are strict time limits.

If you receive Social Security Disability benefits, you likely are eligible for Medicare or Medicaid health insurance. Know the differences and make sure you get the health care you deserve.

Children under 18 may qualify for child disability benefits if they have a physical or mental condition resulting in “marked and severe functional limitations.”

Drafting and executing a proper will or trust provides peace of mind to families. Parents who wish to provide income or assets to a child with disabilities may wish to set up a special needs trust to ensure the money does not disqualify the child for government benefits.

A Personal and Caring Law Firm
Mary L. Collins and her knowledgeable staff genuinely care for their clients and seek to know each individual on a personal level. Mary understands the unique struggles many individuals face, and knows how upsetting it can be when the Social Security Administration denies a valid disability claim. Contact Downers Grove disability attorney Mary L. Collins to schedule a free consultation and to review your legal options. If you cannot travel to her office due to physical limitations, she will do her best to make accommodations for you. Serving the counties of DuPage, Cook, Kane, Kendall and Will, there is no charge unless your claim is successful.

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