Do you need help addressing issues with your Social Security benefits? The Social Security Administration office of Griffin, Georgia, can help you determine if you’re eligible for Social Security benefits and how much you may be eligible to receive. Addressing the details of your Social Security disability claim might feel overwhelming, but you aren’t alone. Attorneys at Affleck & Gordon can assist you with your disability claim and help you receive benefits. If you live in Griffin, the Social Security Administration office of Griffin, Georgia, is where it starts.
If you want to apply for Social Security benefits, you’ll start the application process at least three months before you want to receive your first benefits. It takes time for applications to process. To apply for Social Security benefits, you will first need to make sure you have the following:
- Original birth certificate or other proof of birth
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status if you were not born in the US
- Copy of U.S. military service paper(s) (e.g., DD-214 - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) if you served before 1968
- Copy of W-2 forms and/or self-employment tax return for last year
Second, call the Social Security Office of Griffin, Georgia, and schedule an appointment. It is highly recommended that individuals visiting the location have a pre-existing appointment. This will help ensure lower wait times. If you are unable to call ahead and make an appointment, aim to be at the social security office a little before 9 a.m. when the office is least busy.
Social Security Office of Griffin, Georgia:
1548 Flynt St
Griffin, GA – 30223
Monday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 12:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
(Except On Federal Holidays)
What Kinds of Social Security Benefits Are Available?
There are several kinds of benefits you may be able to receive at the Social Security Office of Griffin, Georgia.
Retirement Benefits:These are general retirement benefits that workers who have been in the workforce for a certain period of time are eligible to receive. You must be at least 62 years old to be eligible for these benefits, but “full” retirement age is between 65-67. If you take social security before age 65, your benefits may be reduced.
Survivor Benefits:There are several requirements for meeting the criteria to earn survivor benefits, but most will go to widowers, children, or dependent parents of a deceased worker. You don’t have to be of retirement age to earn these.
Disability Benefits:These benefits can cover not only you but potentially your spouse and children. As with general retirement benefits, you must have been in the workforce long enough to be insured and must have been employed prior to the onset of the disability. Thus, you may want to consider waiting to receive or speaking with a qualified attorney at Affleck & Gordon before filing for disability benefits.
Dependents Benefits:These can help your spouse or any children under the age of 18, or those who are disabled.
Supplemental Security Income:SSI can help supplement your income if you are unable to earn sufficient wages on your own. Rules vary, but you may be able to obtain SSI while also receiving disability and retirement benefits.
Several factors may impact your ability to receive retirement benefits, including the type of work you were involved in while you were in the workforce (for example: military service), income from pensions and annuities, any work you continue to do after retirement, among other things.
More information on the details regarding these benefits can be found on the Social Security Administration website.
Obtaining a Social Security Card
One of the benefits of visiting the Social Security Office of Griffin, GA is that you may be able to obtain a social security card. Social security cards are one of the necessary documents for obtaining a REAL ID-compliant driver's license. These are enhanced driver licenses that will be mandatory to fly anywhere in the state of Georgia starting in October, 2020.
You may not have a REAL ID compliant driver’s license if you are from out of state. Additionally, if you have lost or need to replace your identification, you will need the following items to obtain a REAL ID compliant license.
- Proof of Identity (such as a birth certificate or passport)
- Proof of a name change if your current ID differs (such as a Marriage License)
- Proof of Social Security Number (like a social security card or W2)
- Two Forms Proving Georgia Residency (such as a mortgage, deed, property tax bill, etc.)
If you have lost your identification or do not have a birth certificate, an attorney can assist you in obtaining one using other supplementary forms of ID.
What if I Want Support in Applying for Social Security?
While applying for social security benefits may seem complicated, for many they are a necessary part of life. For individuals aged 65 and older, 84% rely on social security income to help them meet their daily needs.
The details surrounding social security applications can be overwhelming and confusing. To make sure you are obtaining the maximum benefits, you may want to enlist the help of a qualified attorney at Affleck & Gordon. With over forty years of experience in social security claims and representation, we can make sure you are able to properly state your case. We offer free case evaluations and will explain everything you need to do to be successful. In addition, we will work directly with the Social Security Administration, reducing the amount of time you have to spend waiting in line, filling out paperwork, asking questions, and deciphering answers that may not make sense.
If your Social Security Disability claim has been denied, or you’re thinking about filing and don’t know where to start, Affleck and Gordon can help. We’ve been helping people in Georgia just like you for over 45 years. Sign up for a free case evaluation here, or call us.