Last year my father spent several days on the phone with social security after he was told that he made too much money over a certain month and now owed the government a couple grand. When he figured out that he was not at fault and proved it to the man he was dealing with the guy responded with something like "but I worked really hard on this!" one clerical error would have cost more than two thousand dollars.
Needless to say his ego was bolstered and he would randomly start singing to himself "I fought the law and, I won" over the next few days.
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I remember seeing a story similar to this some months back. In that situation it was a single man. He didn't have the money to afford legal council, so he did all the research himself and sent appropriate letters and notices, etc...with a similar result. I liked that story even better. I'll see if I can dig it up...
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Semi-related story: my Grandmother, now passed away, had MS and a host of other issues since not long after my Mother was born. My Grandfather knew she would need a lot of money to support herself if he passed away so he took out a massive, one million dollar policy (massive for the time). The insurer decided to milk a little more out him so when he was 51 years old they renewed his policy a month early so he would have to pay for the policy twice that month. He died that month having paid for two, one million dollar policies. It took several years in court and those (very large) legal fees were never repaid but they did eventually end up shelling out for both policies. Which was crucial because despite having a life expectancy that was already a decade or two exceeded at the time of her husband's death, my Grandmother lived two and half decades beyond that and needed almost all of the money from that payout.