The City of Sunrise is home to the Bank Atlantic Center, in which the Florida Panthers hockey team is based. Tourists from the world over shop at the famous Sawgrass Mills Mall. Nearly 85,000 proud residents live in Sunrise, Florida.

Sunrise Social Security Disability Lawyer and Attorney, is proud to have been serving this community, a neighbor of Ft. Lauderdale, for over 20 years in Social Security Disability matters. There are complicated issues which arise when a self-employed individual seeks Social Security Disability Benefits. Attorney Randy Zeldin, Esq. has represented self-employed claimants of Sunrise and Ft. Lauderdale seeking Social Security Disability.

The foremost problem regarding a self-employed claimant, is determining whether he or she is or is not engaged in substantial gainful employment. The Courts find that self-employment income alone is not a reliable factor in determining whether an individual is substantially and gainfully employed. There are three tests established for the evaluation of work activity by self-employed individuals:

  1. Significant services and substantial income. The work is considered substantial gainful activity if services rendered “are significant to the operation of the business and if the individual receives a substantial income from the business. If it is clearly established that the claimant is not substantially and gainfully employed, the two following tests must be engaged:
    1. The individual’s work activity is comparable to that of unimpaired individuals in the same community engaged in the same or similar business based on all relevant factors, such as hours, skills, energy output; efficiency, duties and responsibilities.
    2. The individual’s work activity, while not comparable to unimpaired individuals, is “clearly worth more” than the annual earnings guidelines (approximately $1,000.00 per month) when considered in relations to its value to the business or compared to the salary an owner would pay to an employee for the same duties.

The Boca Raton law office of Randy Zeldin, Esq. is conveniently located on 6111 Broken Sound Pkwy NW, #200. Telephone (561) 613-0101.

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