house frontSSDI Loan Discrimination

In the past several months the government has come down hard on some financial institutions for making the attainment of mortgages and loans more difficult for people who are receiving Social Security disability benefits. Some lending companies have been requesting applicants with disabilities to provide information about their disability, doctor’s notes and/or information as to how long they will likely be receiving benefits. This is illegal and companies that have been determined to be at fault have been fined.

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moneyHow Much Will My SSDI Benefits Be?

The Social Security Administration determines the amount of benefits each person will receive each month for Social Security benefits. The big question we are asked a lot is, “How much in benefits will I receive each month?” SSI and SSDI are computed on different pay scales. Thus the first step in answering this question is determining which type of benefit you will receive.

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lily, flowerThoughts on Hospice Care

Discussing a family member’s end of life scenarios is understandably difficult, however hospice care has been designed to make it easier for families facing this situation. According to Wikipedia, hospice care began to evolve in the 1700’s but the modern practices of palliative (relieving pain) hospice care really started in the 1950’s. Contemporary hospice practice is to essentially provide medical care to a patient who has less than six months to live due to one or more medical conditions or even old age. Care may be provided in a hospital-type setting, nursing home or the patient’s own home.

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calculaterDo I Owe Taxes on My Disability Benefits?

Disclaimer: Consult with a tax accountant for a definitive answer!

Tax law is convoluted and hardly anyone (if even anyone) understands it. However the Administration has posted a small blurb on their website at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/taxes.htm to try to explain if you will owe taxes on your Social Security disability benefits.

Here is the synopsis:

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Best (and Worst) Pet Halloween Costumes

We scoured the net to bring you some of the best (and worst) Halloween costumes for pets. We've provided links back to each page so you can view the costumes in more detail if you like. Some are ingenious, others... well... Maybe we'll give you some ideas for decorating your pet this Halloween.

1. Someone really thought this headless "horseman" through! We'll go with ingenious for this pet costume.  
http://www.zippypaws.com/blog/?p=135

 

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