Did you know that there is an active trade in law firms seeking out representatives to go to their Social Security disability hearings? It’s a little thing called coverage.
Coverage means getting someone (often as the last minute) to “cover” a hearing for you. Now, covering a legal proceeding is nothing new. Lawyers get sick, they get double booked. Often they need someone to cover for them at a small matter.
There are 3 differences in how coverages works in Social Security disability cases: Continue reading Coverage: the dirty secret of Social Security disability
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?
This week’s episode of Disability Tips covers what to do if you are fired by your disability lawyer.
There are a number of Social Security disability lawyers and law firms out there that are happy to take a case. However, when it comes to get ready for a hearing, they decide that the chances of winning are too low (and too much of a risk to their win / loss record). So, they drop the case (and the client).
However, you cannot afford that same luxury. You would not be applying for disability if you had other options. You still have to go on and try to prove your case. This week’s episode covers:
- How to request your file.
- What to do if your lawyer refuses or delays releasing your file.
- What to do if your lawyer wants to charge for the file.
- What you should also get from your lawyer.
Continue reading Fired by your Social Security disability lawyer?
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?
What is the most a lawyer can charge in a Social Security case?
We have talked about the typical fee agreement when you are applying for Social Security disability benefits before. But I am often asked what is maximum someone can charge?
Social Security regulations set a cap for attorneys fees. Originally, the fee cap was $4,000, then $5,300, and as of June 2009, the cap is $6,000.
Unless the representative is charging fees under a fee petition, the most the lawyer can charge is 6,000. Or, if you are reading this before June 2009, $5,300.
A “fee petition” is a way your lawyer asks Social Security for fees for his services.
I though attorneys were paid a percentage of what I get?
Percentage-based contingency fee agreements are the most common way attorneys get paid in Slocial Security cases. However there are two ways an attorney might get paid. Continue reading Social Security disability fee petition EXPLAINED
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
Even though it often takes a year or even two years to get your Social Security hearing, you may find that you are not ready when the big day finally comes.
Is there any way to continue, postpone, or delay my Social Security hearing?
Yes. You can request a continuance to postpone your hearing.
Lets look at how to do this:
Continue reading How to postpone a Social Security hearing?
Gordon Gates writes about how he tries to make each case different and memorable when preparing to go to hearing.
I am always concerned that a particular claim will not get the attention it deserves at the hearing level, due to the tremendous workload at the Social Security hearing offices. Each administrative law judge decides several hundred claims every year…
I have an upcoming hearing with a client who has an unusual story. The medical evidence is very good, and the claim should be granted at hearing. Nevertheless, I am spending a great deal of time on the claimant’s story…, because it is so unusual. That story will be the hook that draws the judge into the case.
I agree completely! Continue reading Making your Social Security disability case stand out!
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?