When you know you want to hire someone to fight for your Social Security Disability insurance benefits, you have a very important decision to make. Here is some inside advice that may tip the scales from losing to winning your Social Security disability claim.
Do I want to hire a Social Security lawyer, or a “representative?”
This must be your first question. Do I hire a lawyer in a disability law firm, or someone else? Did you know that a non-lawyer can be with you in front of the Social Security judge at your Social Security hearing? It’s true, and when Social Security allowed non-attorneys to receive payment and play lawyer, it has created an odd collection of large non-attorney corporations who send non-attorneys to hearings to save themselves the cost of hiring real lawyers.
Lawyers go to law school for a reason. They have legal training to interpret federal statutes, regulations, Social Security rulings, and federal court case law. They have training in legal argument, evidence, cross-examination, and legal writing. A non-attorney with at least a GED and a college degree may have these skills. But if they do, why didn’t they just go to law school? Why must you have to figure out their professional skills when a bar exam does this for you?
Choose a lawyer in a disability law firm. You need all the professional skills of a lawyer if you want your best chance of winning your Social Security hearing. Why risk your Social Security insurance benefits by hiring someone in a corporation with less training than a professionally licensed lawyer?
Who am I hiring, a disability law firm or a law firm look-a-like?
If you are committed to hiring an experienced team of disability lawyers in a disability law firm, ask who you are hiring before you sign any paperwork. Some non-attorney disability corporations want to appear to be law firms or be “major players” with thousands of claimed cases. Any firm, not just law firms, can use last names on its letterhead. Before you commit to any paperwork, ask if all the owners are licensed to practice law? Ask their names and where they are licensed. Write them down. If you want, you can check law licensure status on the internet. Can you find each of the lawyers? Are each of their law licenses active? This is public information.
Real Social Security disability law firms cannot have owners who are non-attorneys or investors. Disability law firms with real lawyers have only lawyer ownership. Only lawyers in these firms call the legal shots. Do you want an “investor” telling your “representative” how to represent you before your Social Security judge? I thought so.
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