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?
Once you hire an attorney to represent you on your Social Security case, you may find that Social Security does not want to release any more information to you. This is especially true at the Social Security ODAR (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review) offices.
Don’t worry, there is nothing nefarious going on BUT there is stuff you should know: Continue reading Social Security won’t talk to me BECAUSE I have a lawyer!?!
One of the most common complaints I hear is:
I hired a lawyer for my hearing. So, WHY AM I DOING ALL OF THE TALKING?!?
The one thing people are most surprised about when they go to their Social Security disability hearing is that the lawyer does not do all of the talking. In fact, it is the claimant (aka “you”) who has to answer the Judge’s questions. I hear a lot of questions and comments about this:
I went to my hearing and my lawyer sat there like a bump on a log.
Why am I paying a lawyer, if I have to answer all of the questions?
What do you mean, I have to talk at the hearing; isn’t that what the lawyer is there for?
Continue reading Lawyer did nothing at my Social Security hearing!
Pop Quiz: Do you save money by waiting to hire a lawyer/attorney until your hearing is scheduled?
Why? Read on! Continue reading Need a Social Security lawyer? Don’t wait until the last minute!
There are times when dealing with a large company is great: buying a car, for example. You do not want to be working with “Joe’s Car Hut.” But any legal matter, especially a Social Security disability claim, needs a personal touch.
I have heard many people who worked with a national firm, tell me that the first time they met their attorney was at the hearing! That is unacceptable!
Continue reading Social Security attorneys: small town lawyers vs national law firms
Social Security lawyer Jonathan Ginsgerg has a great article about when NOT to fire your attorney and some of the unexpected consequences of kicking your lawyer to the curb! A good point Jonathan brings up is that you may have a hard time finding a new lawyer willing to take your case:
Many lawyers are reluctant to accept cases where there has been a previous representation. Ethical, experienced lawyers do not want to get a reputation as “case stealers.”
There is a second reason why lawyers are reluctant to take on a case that was previously the responsibility of another lawyer.
Continue reading Should you fire your Social Security lawyer?
If you are denied at your Social Security hearing by the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), you have the right to appeal the judge’s decision to the Social Security Appeals Council.
To do this, you need to file form HA-520-U5 “Request for Review of Hearing Decision/Order.” You only have 60 + 5 days to get the appeal to the Appeals Council from the date stamped on the judge’s decision (5 days to receive the decision and 60 days to deliver the appeal).
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind about the appeal: Continue reading Denied at hearing? The Social Security Appeals Council EXPLAINED!
Are you struggling with working because of physical or psychological impairments? Have you stopped working because you just could no longer do the job?
You may be going back and forth on whether to apply for Social Security:
Maybe I will get better. But, what will I do if I am not able to go back to work?
Filing for Social Security benefits is not something to rush in to. But, if you are disabled, you should file as soon as you can.
If you wait, you may lose several critical advantages: Continue reading WHEN should you apply for Social Security disability benefits?
One of the hardest parts about getting help on a Social Security case is finding the right person to work with.
What if i hire a lawyer and they don’t do anything?
What if I am not happy with the lawyer?
I don’t want to be stuck with a big bill.
Fortunately, Social Security takes a lot of the worry out of hiring a lawyer: Continue reading Will your Social Security disability lawyer rip you off?