Social Security Law Wiki

The platform is shutting down at the end of July 2018. The reference material that has been held here is currently being recast as a series of Social Security Law Guides. The first are now available at:

This reference work and accompanying on-line resources cover issues of entitlement and benefit calculation arising out of the set of programs popularly referred to as Social Security. These programs touch the lives of well over 90 percent of all persons living or working in the United States and provide critical income to those who have retired or ceased working due to severe physical or mental disability. They also provide income to other members of a worker's family when the worker has retired, become disabled, or died. The law directing these payments and setting their amount is complicated. Questions about proper application of this law are raised in hundreds of thousands of administrative hearings and close to twenty thousand federal court proceedings each year. This collection of materials is assembled to assist those who must resolve questions of Social Security law as judges, those who represent individuals and families seeking Social Security benefits, and individuals, family members, and organizations seeking a clearer understanding of the law that directs the distribution of hundreds of billions of dollars each year. Since these benefits are centrally important to individuals at critical points in their lives, understanding under what circumstances they are available and how large the payments will be is vital information for planning and making decisions about other forms of savings or insurance or even about entering into or ending family relationships.