Are you represented by an attorney on your Social Security case? You are? Terrific! You obviously know that your chances of winning your case increase significantly if you have a lawyer helping you.
Now, close your eyes – ok, wait until the end of this paragraph – then close your eyes and try to picture your attorney.
Can you remember what he or she looks like? Do you have a better memory of their receptionist or legal assistant than the attorney who is supposed to represent you at your hearing?
Hmmm. If you cannot recall what your attorney looks like, what do you think your attorney remembers about you, and more importantly, about your case?
Unfortunately, there are a number of lawyers out there that simply take cases, then do nothing until the hearing is set. Or, maybe you meet with the named partner at the law firm, then once you are signed on, you get passed off to a (very) junior attorney, or maybe a legal assistant.
If you call the lawyer’s office, do you ever speak to the lawyer?
It is not unreasonable to expect to be able to speak to the person who will be representing you at your hearing!
Just so you know, there are attorneys out there that will actually work with you to develop your case. This direct interaction helps the attorney develop a keener insight into your disabilities. AND it helps the attorney show Social Security why you should be approved benefits.
But, if the lawyer does not take the time to get to know you and how your disabilities affect you, how is he or she supposed to communicate that to Social Security?
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