Help With Social Security

Information and forms are available at the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Online Web site. You can also request personal earnings and benefit estimates at that Online site.

If you do not have access to the Web you can make requests for Social Security information, cards, earnings and benefits estimates by toll-free telephone 1-800-772-1213.

Also, if you are not satisfied and/or SSA determines that you are not eligible for benefits, seek legal assistance promptly and let Social Security know in writing that you wish to appeal their decision. You have 60 days from the time you receive SSA's decision to file an appeal. Social Security has four levels of appeal, and it is not uncommon for initial decisions to be overturned.

Free or low-cost legal help is available to older people through Legal Services, whose staff is experienced in Social Security's appeal process. To find out about the closest Legal Services office call the Eldercare Locator, a toll free telephone service to help older persons and their families locate community services anywhere in the United States and its territories. The Eldercare Locator will provide you with the telephone number(s) of the appropriate state or local agency that provides legal assistance. You may call the Eldercare Locator's toll free number at:

1 (800)677-1116, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Eastern Time).