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I am wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of good legal help for social security. Does anyone know of a list of good attorneys that specialize in this type of work? Is there any sort of ranking for attorneys. I have reached my wits end and need to get legal help.
Social Security automatically rejects every application. Stick to it. Try Legal Aid. It took about six years to finally win but the lawyer who helped me knew his stuff inside out. I eventually got all those years in backpay.
The Social Security office will probably have a list of lawyers who help people who need to appeal, but if you look at the attorney section in the yellow pages of the phone book, you will find that attorneys who specialize in Social Security disability claims usually put that in their telephone book listing, or in an add in that section of the phone book. You should know, though, that if you use a private attorney, they will undoubtedly take a percentage of whatever you get in the way of back pay. Make sure that the attorney you retain won't charge you unless you are able to collect Social Security. That way, you won't wind up in debt up to your eye balls. I suspect that with the impending crisis with Social Security, and all of the baby boomers who are going to be collecting retirement in the near future, that the SSA is cracking down on applicants and making the guidelines more and more stringent. Don't put all of your eggs in one basket, whatever you do!
I spent several years helping people with mental illness apply for Social Security and SSI. One of the most important things to do is to make sure that the clinical records match what you put on the application. For a lawyer that specializes in Social Security, look in your Yellow Pages. If you would like you can contact me at Ladyvmh @ aol.com (remove spaces)
Does anyone know how to a select a good Social Security attorney? It seems like they won't take you seriously until you have one.
Sandy from southern CA
In our area we have a free legal service called Legal Assistance of North Dakota which takes social security cases and won't charge you. I would check with the California State Bar Association (they license attornies) to find out if California has a similiar agency. Some law firms will take these cases but they charge a percentage of any proceeds you get for back pay so it would be better to go witht the free non-profit agencies. Also, don't lose hope in this process. You may have to go through an appeal to get approved. Be sure to give them EVERY piece of medical documentation they ask for, too. Good luck to you!
I have a Social Security disability hearing coming up at the end of May, I don't have an attorney yet, really can't afford one. Has anyone gone through this before that can offer me suggestions?
Kersti from Bellevue
Check your phone book and talk to some attorneys or even non-attorney representatives. A lot will take the case for 1/4 of any back pay, up to $5300. If there is no backpay, they don't get anything.
This link should answer all your questions about Social Security Disability
Social Security Info
Social Security Disability Explained
Social Security Disability Claims
Social Security Disability Resource Site
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My husband went through this several years ago. We couldn't afford an attorney either but after we did some searching we found a good attorney who would work on a contingency basis. We found one who used to work for the Social Security Dept. and he was very knowledgeable. He told us that almost everyone is turned down who doesn't have an attorney. Good luck!
I am going thru this right now and when I got turned down the first time I called a lawyer who does this and they were too busy but they recommended a lawyer to me and she takes care of everything for me. I dont get charged till I get paid or if I get paid, and she gets a part of the back pay.
Hi - I went through this about 3 years ago - I see that your city is Bellvue - is that NE? I used a paralegal - can't remember her name that worked out of the Center Mall at 42nd and Center streets in Omaha. She handled everything and helped me greatly - I won my 2nd appeal and she got 1/4th of my pay back. I wish you well. I know you might be very scared at the hearing and the professionals really help - at least mine did. Good luck and God Bless - Carol Ann from Ida Grove, IA
You absolutely should get a Social Security Lawyer. They advertise in the papers all the time. They charge a percentage of what your settlement is.
In the 80's we went through 3 years of hearings to get a disability for my late husband who was disabled due to severe diabetes.
Back than, they automatically turned you down, but there was always another hearing process. Having nothing but time we just kept on keeping on and finally received the benefit for him and our four kids.
Don't give up , but do get a lawyer.
I filed for disability benefits, was denied twice by social security. The best thing to do, which I did, was hire an attorney who specializes in disability claims. You do not pay a fee upfront, or at any time. Social Security determines the amount the attorney receives if you win your case. If you don't win, the attorney receives nothing. You may have some out-of-pocket expenses for copies, etc.