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Goodbye to Paper Social Security Checks

Effective March 1, 2013, the Social Security Administration, as well as other federal agencies, are no longer issuing paper checks for payment of Social Security and other federal benefits. Keep in mind that waivers of this provision are available to beneficiaries over the age of 90, or those with mental impairments, or those who live in remote locations. Read More


SSA Will Stop All Paper Checks in March 2013

March 1, 2013, is the date that federal benefit payments will transition to all-electronic delivery. The U.S. Department of the Treasury is urging all recipients of federal benefits, including SSI and Social Security disability or retirement benefits to switch to direct deposit or the Treasury-recommended Direct Express program. Read More


21st Century SSA: Direct Deposits, Express Cards, Garnishments, and Tax Offsets

The work of representing an applicant for Social Security or SSI benefits does not end with a favorable decision. Our representation of disabled adults and children, or elderly beneficiaries extends to insuring that their hard sought benefits actually end up in their pockets. Read More


Debit Cards Issued by Social Security Raise Scam Opportunities

The Social Security Administration is moving more and more towards electronic payments via direct deposits or debit cards in lieu of paper checks. See the July 2009 edition of the Disability Law News regarding Direct Express debit cards. Read More


Direct Express Cards Available

Many Social Security and SSI recipients have encountered problems with receiving their monthly benefits in the mail or even by direct deposit into their bank accounts. Problems with lost or stolen paper checks are not uncommon, and of course, exempt Social Security and SSI checks supposedly protected in claimant’s bank accounts have nonetheless been subject to seizure by creditors. Read More


Social Security Benefits Payable by Debit Cards

The Department of the Treasury announced that beginning this spring, people in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana will be offered the option of receiving their Social Security or SSI benefits in the form of a prepaid debit card instead of a paper check. Read More