Social Security has provided benefits to millions of Americans since its founding in 1935. As appealing as these benefits can be, the application process can be equally as intimidating. To ensure your application process goes as smoothly as possible, you may want to consider applying online.
What are the advantages of applying for Social Security online?
When applying for Social Security, it is very important that your information is as thorough and accurate as possible. Entering information incorrectly could be the difference between you qualifying and not qualifying for bene-fits. Because of this, it is vital that you do everything you can to simplify the application process. Luckily, applying for Social Security online does just that. Here is why:
1. Mistakes don’t require you to scratch out words or start a new application.
One of the most frustrating parts about applying on paper is the gravity of one small mistake. Especially when applying for a large, selective government program, you want your application to be as pristine as possible. When applying online, you completely eliminate this from the equation — every edit is merely a click away.
2. Font is more legible than print.
Again, when applying for such an important program, it is important that you take as much of the guesswork out of your application as possible. Especially for those with messy handwriting, an online form may be a better way to go. In addition, for those with poor eyesight and vision loss or reading disorders like dyslexia, the online document allows you to zoom in and see the application more clearly.
3. You can save your application for later.
One of the biggest advantages of applying online is the lack of time constraints. Unlike applying in person, you can stop your application at anytime and return to it later on. While the application typically only takes around 30-45 minutes, this can help break up the process should you be unavailable for this chunk of time.
4. You aren’t required to travel to your local Social Security Association (SSA) office.
Unlike the paperwork at the SSA’s in-person offices, online applications are available to you 24/7. You will also have access to a variety of help desks online that can guide you through the process without having to physically wait in line.
5. You can apply from the comfort of your own home.
For those who may find the application process stressful, applying from home allows you to do things in your own time, in your own space. It also keeps medical bills and other supporting documents conveniently at hand, without having to take them with you to fill out a physical application.
To fill out your Social Security application, you can visit the SSA's website and begin as soon as you’re ready.
Speaking with a Social Security Attorney
Social Security attorneys are an irreplaceable resource when filing for Social Security benefits. They can answer any questions you have about the process and expertly refine your application to be the best it can be. In fact, clients are statistically more likely to receive benefits when represented by legal counsel.
If you are thinking about filing for Social Security, speak with an attorney today.