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Important New Changes to Social Security Benefits

On November 2nd, 2015, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 was passed into law. In addition to extending the debt limit through 2017, it also included very important changes to Social Security and its legislature. If you have filed for Social Security benefits, or are considering filing, you should know how these changes affect you. Jenkins Block & Associates can help you understand these changes, and assist you through your Social Security benefits application from start to finish.

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Will the Bipartisan Budget Act affect your Social Security benefits application?

Social Security benefits changes

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 mainly affect spouses and dependents that an applicant may wish to extend benefits to. Currently, there is a “file and suspend” option available for applications, but after May 1st, 2016, this will no longer be an option. This means that unless already filed, after this date spouses will not be able to file for spousal benefits if the spouse has already filed and suspended their own benefits.

If by the end of 2015 you are 62 years of age or older, you are still able to “file and suspend” on or before April 30th, 2016. Those already receiving Social Security benefits will not be affected by this change.

Understanding new law

Changes in Social Security benefits law can be confusing for those without much experience, especially the changes with the new Bipartisan Budget Act. That’s why it’s best to have a lawyer involved in your filing process to give you personalized guidance along the way. A lawyer will be able to inform you about changes in a way you understand, if they affect you, and what can or should be done.

A law firm with decades of experience in Social Security benefits will provide the best knowledge and support for you when filing for benefits. Jenkins Block & Associates has this experience, and is eager to make your filing process smooth and hassle-free.

Jenkins Block can help you through these changes

When choosing an attorney to guide you through the process of a Social Security benefits, it’s important to hire an individual experienced with the program and its requirements. Consulting an individual who has insight on Social Security benefits and the new bipartisan budget act will prove to be extremely valuable in the long run, especially when questions arise or uncertainty on how to proceed.

If you’re not sure how to file, or how these changes to Social Security benefits affect you, Jenkins Block can provide you with quality, customized assistance.

Jenkins Block & Associates has 40+ years of experience in successful SSD/SSI cases, in addition to being a member of the National Directory of Social Security Lawyers. Call us at 1-800-243-2439 or contact us online to begin the process of filing your Social Security benefits!

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