Here is what is happening today: Social Security is denying more and more cases. Since a Social Security disability lawyer only get paid if the case is won, the increasing denial rate is making lawyers look to other areas to pay the rent and keep the lights on.
Any time you want to kill something, make sure no one can make any money doing it.
The happened previously with VA benefits. Fees for representatives used to limited by a Civil Way era law. Talk about having no Cost of Living Adjustment! The upshot was, finding a lawyer to help with a VA matter was rarer than hen’s teeth.
Competing with the Mega-Store whales
Continue reading Can you get a good Social Security disability lawyer?
Ever feel ignored by your Social Security disability lawyer? Or, can’t remember the first thing about your case?
- What happens after you hire a Social Security disability lawyer or law firm?
- Is your representative really working on your case?
- Has your case been outsourced?
- Who gets to see your medical records?
- What does an attorney do between appointments?
- Who’s really worse: lawyers or used car salesmen?
This week’s Disability Tips discusses how Social Security law firms REALLY run! Continue reading How Social Security law firms REALLY work
What’s the number one question people ask when hiring a lawyer?
What percentage of cases do you win?
What’s the number one wrong question to ask when you want to find a really, REALLY, good lawyer?
What percentage of cases do you win?
Want to know why this doesn’t get you the best lawyers? Read on: Continue reading The WRONG question to ask when hiring a lawyer
This advertising tactic is a bit of a joke in legal circles. Yet it pops up surprisingly frequently. I am sure you have seen lawyers ads touting the “combined experience” of the lawyers in the firm:
18 years of combined legal experience
40 years of combined legal experience
90 [!] years of combined legal experience
Even a quick check of Google reveals a number of law firms using this language.
Well, I’m here to tell you – don’t buy it! Continue reading “Combined years of experience” in legal advertising
Since attorneys fees are set (and have to be approved by) Social Security, the bigger question in a Social Security disability case is the amount of the expenses. Since expenses are different in each case, clients often wonder how much they will owe.
What do I have to pay for? Copying? Faxing? Phone calls? Travel expenses? Administrative fees?!?
Personally, I try to keep things simple. I have made it a policy not to nickel and dime my clients for photocopies, faxes, phone calls or the mysterious “administrative charges.” Except for truly unusual circumstances, my clients only pay of the cost of medical records to build their case. Continue reading Expenses in a Social Security disability case
Maybe you have moved out of state and had to get a new lawyer on your Social Security disability case. Maybe you fired your lawyer. Maybe your lawyer fired you. But now, you have to find a new lawyer!
What is going to happen to the attorney fees?
Do I have to pay both lawyers?
There are two things that can happen: Continue reading Fees when hiring a NEW Social Security lawyer?
Meet the most expensive “associate” in most law firms. More expensive than a regular lawyer. More expensive than the named partner. It’s … the photocopier.
I was recently reviewing the charges for a one of my clients who was previously represented by a national law firm. Do you know how much they were charging for copies? .35 cents a page!
That’s not all! Here is their price sheet: Continue reading Lawyers’ secret gold-mine
I came across a video for a home study course to become representative in Social Security disability cases. That’s right! A Home. Study. Course.
Do you want to be represented on your Social Security disability case by someone who took a home study course? Continue reading Some Social Security representatives take a HOME STUDY COURSE?
Here is a frequent question:
When should I hire an attorney to help me on Social Security disability benefits case?
Imagine you are skydiving for the first time. Would you wait until you are in the plane going up for your first jump before asking how to open the parachute?
You may already know that many attorneys will not take a case until the initial application has been denied. But that is not always the case!
You can hire an attorney at any time: Continue reading WHEN should I hire a lawyer on my Social Security disability case?
Did you represent yourself at your Social Security disability hearing? If you were denied, you may find it is difficult to find a lawyer to represent you.
Sadly, this is a common problem. It is much harder to hire an attorney after you been denied.
Continue reading Can’t find lawyer for your Social Security hearing denial?