Course Description

This course is designed to introduce the concepts associated with social security benefits.  It is NOT a course about social security disability practice or how to file for benefits. The course covers information about social security credits, length of marriage rules, spousal benefits, survivor benefits, and where to find additional help and resources.

This course includes video recorded for a live CLE presentation for the Butler County Bar Association.

Your purchase includes access to the course and course materials for 90 days.

CLE Credit:

1.0 PA Substantive CLE

This course contains approximately 60 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion.  

Your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed.  Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.

Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video. Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenter

  • Elizabeth A. Smith, Esq.

    Elizabeth A. Smith, Esq.

    Attorney Elizabeth A. Smith focuses her practice on assisting individuals who have been denied Social Security benefits. With more than 26 years of experience, she has helped numerous clients secure their financial future through a reversal of the original decision.

    Ms. Smith is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) and the Butler County Bar Association where she is the Past-President of the Association.

    In addition to helping those facing SSD and SSI concerns, she also practices in the area of family law. She has the experience to protect your interests in a divorce, child support or child adoption and guardianship matters.

    For more information on Elizabeth Smith's practice, visit

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Social Security Basics
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • Course Materials
    • Social Security Part One
    • Social Security Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)