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Public Benefits Attorney Serving Santa Clara County, CA

The California attorneys at the Law Offices of Berge & Berge are committed to assisting clients in obtaining valuable public benefits. A public benefit is a type of assistance provided by the government to certain individuals. These benefits can be in the form of medical coverage or monetary compensation, among other things. In order to obtain a public benefit, you must meet certain requirements. Our attorneys are knowledgeable in what is required to qualify for many of the widely used public benefits offered by the State of California and the federal government.

Public benefits come in two major categories: means based and needs tested. A means based benefit is one that is only available to those in certain economic situations. In other words, in order to qualify for a benefit of this kind, your financial situation must be at or below a certain threshold. A needs tested public benefit is one that is available to those with certain social or physical characteristics, as opposed to a specific financial situation. Our attorneys are skilled in working with public benefits in all categories and can even assist in making you eligible for certain means based programs should the need arise.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Berge and Berge specialize in a number of various state and federally provided public benefits, including:

MediCal Benefits in Santa Clara County

MediCal is California’s version of the Medicaid program.  Medicaid is medical coverage provided by the joint efforts of the federal government and each specific state. MediCal is a means based program meaning that you must meet certain financial requirements in order to qualify. Unfortunately, this threshold is usually close to impoverishment and changes from year to year. MediCal is often utilized by those who are concerned about preserving wealth for heirs in the case that long term care is necessary. MediCal planning is usually done in conjunction with estate planning but can be done in an anticipatory or emergency situation. Depending on your situation, our attorneys may be able to sort out your finances so that you can become eligible for these benefits.  

Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI) in Santa Clara County

SSDI benefits are those paid to a person with a disability, and certain family members of that person, by the federal government. SSDI is a needs tested program, meaning that there are certain physical characteristics that must be met in order to qualify. In order to be eligible, you need to have worked in a job where you paid into this insurance and be disabled by the definition of the Social Security Administration. If you become disabled, and are unable to work either temporarily or permanently, these cash benefits can be extremely helpful. Our attorneys can assist you in determining whether you qualify and submitting an application, as well as with any appeals.

Veteran’s Benefits in Santa Clara County

Many of those that served our country in the United States Armed Forces are entitled to certain benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. These include monetary compensation, medical benefits, disability payments and death benefits, among other things. Each benefit has unique requirements and can include either a means or needs based test. This is a complicated area, but, our experienced attorneys can help you navigate it and get you the benefits you deserve.

Public benefits Attorney Serving San Jose and Santa Clara County, CA 

Each type of public benefit is subject to its own specific requirements and is governed by intricate rules and complex procedures. If you are in need of public benefits now or are concerned that you may need them in the future, contact the San Jose and Santa Clara County attorneys at the Law Offices of Berge & Berge for a consultation today. Call us at (408)985-9918.


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