Financial Preplanning and Your Claim for Long Term Disability Benefits | Florida St. Petersburg Long Term Disability Lawyer

At Cavey and Barrett we want to remind you that your financial pre-planning did not begin and end with the purchase of a long-term disability policy. That was only the beginning!

You still have to make significant plans for your financial future. What do I mean?

If you suffer from a gradual onset disease like degenerative joint disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or Alzheimer’s, the disease process will give you the time you need to make significant work and financial decisions.

There are a number of steps that you must take, sooner and not later, in financial pre-planning.

1. Learn about the disease and how it progresses over time.

It is important for you to understand how your disease will impact your ability to work, how it will progress over time, what your future medical needs are going to be, and when
you will become unable to work.

The answers to these questions will impact how long you will be able to work and maintain any group insurance coverage.

2. Look at your current financial condition and determine how it might change over time.

This step requires a critical look at your current financial condition and obligations.
What are your assets? Is there any disability coverage that would make the mortgage payment if you’re unable to work or disability policies that would make the payment on vehicles or for consumer debt? How much do you owe? Do you have a budget? How would that budget change if you become disabled? Can you get your finances under control in the time frame you have available to continue working? If not,
how were you going to meet those obligations?

Do you know how long it takes to get Social Security disability benefits? When would you be entitled to Medicare? Can you afford to Cobra your group insurance coverage? How long can you Cobra your group insurance? Is there going to be a gap in time between you running out of group health insurance coverage and becoming eligible for Medicare? Can you find alternative insurance?

3. Set financial goals.

These financial goals can be short-term or long-term. Do you have flexibility built in to these goals as your condition changes? How are you going to be able to live on a reduced income? How are you going to get medical treatment with reduced or limited medical benefits?

4. Obtaining assistance.

It is crucial that you understand what your long-term disability policy provides in the way of benefits, whether those benefits can be reduced by various offsets such as Social Security, how long you are entitled to benefits, and what limitations may exist on your coverage.

It is also crucial that you understand your rights to Social Security disability benefits and the amount of benefits you might be entitled to, including dependent benefits. Many states have a significant delay in getting a Social Security disability hearing. Your data eligibility for Medicare will depend on the date you become disabled for Social Security disability purposes.

It may be necessary for you to hire a long-term disability or Social Security disability Attorney and you can use this time to get answers to your questions. You may also have to consult with your insurance agent, tax advisor or financial planner.

5. Make flexible decisions.

As your disability progresses, your options will change, and you need to be prepared financially to address those changes. Having a game plan before your disability progresses gives you more control.  Unfortunately, your options can become significantly limited if you have failed to get advice before you become disabled. It’s not uncommon that these decisions become more typical as your disease progresses
and your ability to make those decisions comes compromised.

Financial pre-planning is a team effort, and one that should be done earlier and not later. Don’t place yourself in a situation where you have to struggle to make difficult financial decisions in a time of need.

You can learn what 7 tips for which Long Term Disability Policy Holders should apply.

Experienced long-term disability/ERISA and Social Security attorney Nancy Cavey can provide guidance to you in the financial preplanning required as a result of your disability.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 727.894.3188 or contact us online by clicking here.

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