Social Security Disability &
  Special Needs Planning News from
 Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law,
 "Of Counsel" at Needham Mitnick & Pollack
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Social Security Stops Mailing Earning Statements
Sheri Abrams Elected To NOSSCR Board of Directors
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Issue: # 33April 2011
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Welcome to the thirty-third edition of our newsletter.

These monthly newsletters are designed to show you how not to gamble with your or your patients/clients Social Security Disability and/or SSI benefits.  We also provide you with information on Special Needs Planning.

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Has spring cleaning left you wondering what to do with all those "treasures" you've collected?


Have you ever wondered what an object is and whether it might be worth keeping?  On Saturday,  April 30 from 1-4 p.m., drop by my office to meet Francine Proulx, of Art/Antiques Information Resource, LLC, an Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, and Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers.  She will help you figure this out.*  Bring up to two items (pictures are fine).  She will also provide downsizing tips, explain the formal appraisal process and tell you what you should look for in a written appraisal report.  This is a great opportunity for free, useful advice and you won't want to miss it!   


My office is sponsoring this event along with Bill DuBose, CFP, a Financial and Retirement Strategist who offers securities through LPL Financial. There will be a $50 Discount Coupon for an In-Home Downsizing Consultation to the first 20 visitors, a drawing for a Spring Gift Basket and light refreshments will be served as well.


*Specific values will not be given as part of this event.

Social Security Stops Mailing Earnings Statements

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Those yearly earnings statements that Social Security mails out - here's what you'd get if you are disabled, retired at 62, at 66, at 70 - will soon stop arriving in your mailbox. It's an effort by Social Security to save money.


The statements, mailed to 150 million people each year, project future benefit payments, helping workers plan for retirement.


Since the 1980s, Social Security statements have been mailed each year to workers older than 25. They include a history of taxable earnings for each year - so people can check for mistakes - as well as the total amount of Social Security and Medicare taxes paid over the worker's lifetime.


The statements provide estimates of monthly benefits, based on current earnings and when a worker plans to retire. Workers can claim early retirement benefits starting at age 62. Full benefits are available at age 66, a threshold that is gradually increasing to 67 for people born in 1960 or later.


The statements are mailed throughout the year, so many people have already received them this year. Tens of millions have not.


In addition, until recently it has been possible to request an earnings statement at anytime on Social Security's website.  However, Social Security has announced that "in light of the current budget situation, we have suspended the Request a Social Security Statement service."


The agency does offer a retirement estimator on its website.  Workers can enter their Social Security numbers on the website and get estimates of future benefits, depending on when they plan to retire.


The website, however, does not provide the detailed earnings and payroll tax history that workers had been receiving in the mail each year.


To access Social Security's retirement estimator click here.

Sheri Abrams Elected To NOSSCR Board of Directors

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Sheri is proud to have been elected by her peers to represent the 4th & DC Circuits on the Board of Directors of NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives).


The Board of Directors will be meeting in Baltimore this May as part of NOSSCR's 64th National Social Security Disability Law Conference.  At this conference Sheri will be teaching a seminar entitled: 


"Work Incentives: Enabling People with

 Disabilities to Work and Keep Their

 Social Security Disability And/Or SSI Benefits"


For more information on NOSSCR and the May Conference, please click here.


Sheri Abrams' Book "Don't Gamble With Your Social Security Disability Benefits--What Every Virginia Resident Needs To Know To Win A Social Security Disability Case" Is Available.
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For more information please click here to see our Press Release.  
You can also download a free copy of the book at our websites:


The law firm of Needham Mitnick & Pollack, PLC, is located at:
NMP's Office Building 
400 S. Maple Avenue
Suite 210
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 536-7778
This is in downtown Falls Church and the office has plenty of free and accessible parking.
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We provide legal services in the areas of Social Security Disability Law , Elder Law, Wills and Trusts, Probate, Trust Administration, Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives, Guardianships, Long Term Care Planning, Disability Planning, Medicaid Eligibility, Veterans Benefits and Special Needs Trusts.
If you, or someone you know, is involved with an educational event or support group that would benefit from a presentation on any of the areas of law for which we provide legal services, please call us at (703) 536-7778.