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Saturday, May 28, 2016

When the Government Kills You Off By Mistake

How Can I Get My Social Security Income Back When the Government Thinks I’m
Dead?

Many people live paycheck to paycheck these days. This may be especially true for those living on pensions or Social Security Income/Social Security Disability Income “SSI/SSDI”. When you’re expecting that monthly payment to hit your account or arrive in the mail—and it doesn’t—it’s cause for concern. Maybe it’s a mail delay or some minor computer glitch, you might think.

Or maybe you’ve been declared dead.

Shockingly, this happens to thousands of people each year who are mistakenly reported dead to government agencies. And while it takes only a second to be prematurely killed off by an innocent computer error, it can take months of governmental red tape to come back from the dead. After all, bad news travels fast. Word of your demise can spread quickly through a national dead persons database and impact many facets of your financial life.

What happens to your SSI/SSDI during this time?

Once the Social Security Administration is notified of a death, SSI/SSDI benefits will stop. A death “flag” can also trigger a reversal of pension benefits recently deposited into your account. For retirees who rely on their SSI/SSDI and pension checks as their only sources of income, the financial consequences of such a mistake could be disastrous.

Once the Social Security Administration is notified of a death, SSI/SSDI benefits will stop. A death “flag” can also trigger a reversal of pension benefits recently deposited into your account. For retirees who rely on their SSI/SSDI and pension checks as their only sources of income, the financial consequences of such a mistake could be disastrous.

This recently happened to Chuck Zellers of Lincoln, Nebraska. Like some retirees, he and his wife spend their winters in Arizona. Tipped off to something amiss when his pension deposit disappeared from his bank account, he learned of his alleged demise when he arrived at the Social Security Administration Office in Phoenix seeking answers.

Could you survive if your SSI/SSDI or your pension benefits were cut off for several months while you tried to prove you’re alive to several government agencies?

If you find that the government has declared you a goner and you’re mourning the loss
of your SSI/SSDI benefits, an experienced Social Security Disability attorney may be able to expedite your resurrection. If you live in any city or county in Arizona and have been affected, contact Disability Attorneys of Arizona at Roeschke Law, LLC at (800)975-1866 and get back to living again.



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