Waco Social Security Disability Advocates Vs. Attorneys:
What You Need To Know
Social Security disability claims are unique in that you do not need to have an attorney represent you to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Some people choose to hire an advocate or representative who is not a licensed attorney. These advocates may be former SSA employees or others familiar with the disability system and how it works. From an outside perspective this sounds like a good idea to gain an edge, but it doesn’t usually work out that way.
The Limitations Of A Social Security Disability Advocate
A Social Security disability advocate does not have a license to practice law and probably has not completed law school. In fact, they aren’t even required to have any specific experience at all. A lawyer, on the other hand, has had the necessary legal training and experience to fully represent you from beginning to end.
The Benefits Of Working With A Social Security Disability Attorney
Social Security disability attorneys have spent years handling the complexities of administrative and Social Security law. They are well-trained to prepare and present evidence, interview and cross-examine witnesses and write the necessary legal briefs. If your claim is denied and you must appeal to the U.S. Federal Court, you must have an attorney do this for you. A Social Security disability advocate cannot appeal at this level. If you are among the more than half of the claimants whose claims are denied, this presents a major problem.
Sometimes claimants think they can save money by hiring a Social Security disability advocate instead of an attorney. This is not true. Advocates and attorneys are paid the same amount and that amount is set by the SSA. Since you’ll be paying the same amount either way, it only makes sense to protect your interests and position yourself for success by hiring an experienced Social Security disability attorney from the start.
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If your Social Security claim has been denied, contact us at 1-800-749-3612 for a free case evaluation.
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