How will filing for bankrutpcy affect my social security case? Why? 11 Answers as of August 31, 2015

I have a pending SSI application that has been pending for some time. I am now seriously considering filing for bankruptcy to discharge my mounting debt. Will my disability application be affected by my bankruptcy? Should I wait?

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The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC
The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC | Darren Aronow
It should have no effect on either case.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 4/29/2015
GARCIA & GONZALES, P.C.
GARCIA & GONZALES, P.C. | Richard N. Gonzales
That would be a no.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 8/31/2015
Stephens Gourley & Bywater | David A. Stephens
It should not affect your social security case at all. Social security is generally an exempt asset.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 4/28/2015
Ronald K. Nims LLC | Ronald K. Nims
No filing bankruptcy won't affect your SSDI case but you should wait to file bankruptcy until you're approved for SSDI otherwise you'll keep adding debts after you file.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 4/27/2015
Garner Law Office
Garner Law Office | Daniel Garner
Filing a bankruptcy would have no bearing on your disability application. You would simply estimate the amount you might get and it would all be exempt from your creditors.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 4/27/2015
    Charles Schneider, P.C.
    Charles Schneider, P.C. | Charles J. Schneider
    If you are asking will you lose the claim the answer is no.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/27/2015
    Tokarska Law Center
    Tokarska Law Center | Kathryn U. Tokarska
    Filing Bankruptcy has no impact on whether you are eligible for or will be approved for SSI.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/27/2015
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
    There will be no problems in the social security case. Go ahead and file for bankruptcy if you need to.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/27/2015
    A Fresh Start
    A Fresh Start | Dorothy G Bunce
    Social security claims and benefits are completely protected from creditors in a bankruptcy case, so if you really need the benefits of bankruptcy, you could file now. However, many people in the situation you describe do not need bankruptcy but have talked themselves into believing that it will provide them with meaningful help. You will need a hands-on review from an ethical bankruptcy expert to obtain a sound opinion.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 4/27/2015
    David Andersen & Associates PC | Jeremy Shephard
    Your SSDI case shouldn't be affected by the filing of bankruptcy. Oftentimes, it's beneficial to file before receiving the funds.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/27/2015
    Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
    I don't know for sure, although I strongly suspect it cannot affect your SSI application, since the government is generally prohibited from discriminating against people who file bankruptcy if they are seeking any benefits. Consult lawyer who is skilled in SSI for a better answer.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 4/27/2015
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