By Hilary Leland, Managing Attorney, Georgia Senior Legal Hotline/Relative Caregiver Hotline
The day after listening to a Social Security overpayment webinar presented by Mike Walters of ProSeniors, Georgia Senior Legal Hotline Managing Attorney Hilary Leland had the opportunity to apply what she learned to a new senior’s case. Eighty-three year old Barbara told Leland that she had received notice of an almost $9,000 Social Security overpayment. After consulting at length with Walters, Leland was able to explain to Barbara that she had a number of valid defenses to the overpayment. One of those defenses was a bar from recovery based on the rules of administrative finality. With the help of her grandson, Barbara presented her case to the hearing officer. A few weeks later, she received notice that the Social Security Administration was waiving the entire overpayment.