Applying for disability can be overwhelming
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If you are suffering from a disability that prevents you from working, currently being treated and ready to apply for social security disability, Cooper Law can help.
We handle initial applications, reconsiderations and Administrative Law Judge hearings.
Whatever stage you are in with your social security disability claim, we’ll take it from there. Whether you are just starting the process, or you have already applied and been denied, contact us for an initial consultation to determine next steps.
Applying for disability with attorney representation increases your chances of approval by 48%.
We also partner with the Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide SOAR* advocacy for clients experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. SOAR clients are represented for free.
*What is SOAR? SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is a national program designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults and children who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. How it works: the application process is the same as our other Social Security Disability claims, but we spend a little more one-on-one time with each client to understand your personal story and the unique challenges you’re facing. Trained advocates from Cooper Law will walk you through the application process.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays benefits to disabled adults and children with limited income and resources.
All clients apply for both at the same time, to get you the best possible result.
A: A client can be awarded at any point through the application process, which moves through three phases: Initial Application, Reconsideration, and Hearing Level. The entire process from Initial Application to reaching a decision at Hearing Level can take as long as 2.5 years.
A: You can work, but there are strict limits on income once you receive disability benefits. Working above the limit can result in losing your benefits.
The 2023 income limit is $1470 per month for non-blind individuals, or $2460 per month for statutorily blind individuals.
A: Many social security clients qualify for free services. If you are on public assistance, experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness, we have a contract with the state to represent you free of charge.
See below to determine if you qualify for free services at Cooper Law.
Do you receive public benefits? Any of these qualify:
- General Assistance (GA)
- Group Residential Housing (GRH)
- Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
- Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)
- Diversionary Work Program (DWP)
- Title IV-E Foster Care
Are you currently homeless or at risk of homelessness? Any of these qualify:
- I live on the street or outdoors
- I live in a shelter that provides temporary living accommodations
- I live in a halfway house or residential treatment program
- I am staying temporarily with friends or family (couch surfing)
- I am in a doubled-up living arrangement where my name is not on the lease
- I have received an eviction notice
- I live in an abandoned/condemned building
- I live in a boarding house
If you answered YES to any items above, Cooper Law may be able to help with your social security claim at no cost to you.