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Factors to Consider in Hiring the Right Attorney

By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

The Social Security disability claim process can be much more overwhelming than a person may initially anticipate. Retaining a lawyer to help you apply for disability benefits or appeal a decision rendered by the SSA on a disability claim can bring you a great deal of peace of mind as you try to access these critical benefits. The question then becomes, how do you find the right attorney? Here we will discuss some things to consider as you look for the right attorney to handle your disability claim.

Factors to Consider in Hiring the Right Attorney

Many claimants may not be aware of this, but you are not required to be an attorney in order to represent someone else who is seeking Social Security disability benefits from the SSA. While many non-attorney representatives charge the same fee as an attorney, they lack the advocacy skills as well as a thorough understanding of the law. When you look for representation for your Social Security disability, make sure that you are hiring a licensed attorney. 

You will also want to find an experienced attorney. More specifically, you want an attorney with experience in the often complex area of law that is Social Security. With experience in this type of law comes an understanding and knowledge about the ins and outs of Social Security disability claims. It also requires an understanding of the unique SSA rules and procedures. An attorney who has devoted time and resources to Social Security disability claims will be able to help you navigate the claims process as well as explain what is going on with your claim and your options going forward. An attorney practicing in the area of Social Security is also likely to have experience before Administrative Law Judges in pursuing Social Security disability for other people.

You should also look to hire someone who practices in your state and close to where you are located. Technically, a representative in a Social Security disability claim can legally represent you in your case even if they are a resident of another state and have their law license in another state. When you retain local representation, however, you have better access to your advocate. You are more likely to schedule earlier meeting times in the process and meet well in advance of any scheduled hearings.

Additionally, you want an attorney that you find trustworthy and who has great client relation skills. You may be with this person for the long haul. Social Security claims can take time and a great deal of effort. Find someone you trust with the medically sensitive nature these claims often entail. Also, find someone you are comfortable with. You will be talking to them about very personal matters and working with them throughout your case.

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At Disability Advocates, we are well versed in the area of Social Security disability claims. We are here to be your steadfast advocate throughout the process. Contact us today.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts is the managing attorney for Disability Advocates Group. She opened Disability Advocates Group to assist individuals who became disabled and unable to work to obtain the benefits they need and deserve.  Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.