A quick update from our lead Social Security attorney, Mark Papa, in our Jacksonville office on the phasing out of paper checks by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA has settled on the dates when Social Security recipients will no longer be able to receive their benefits by mail. New recipients will have to accept paperless payments starting May1, 2011, three months later than originally proposed. Those already receiving Social Security benefits will have until March1, 2013 to make to make the switch to either direct deposit or debit card. The SSA estimates that $1 billion will be saved over the next decade from phasing out paper checks. The Social Security Administration will allow people who are 90 and over to continue receiving paper checks. If we can assist you with your claim for SSD or SSI, please contact us.