Social Security Disability Attorney or “Advocate”?
If you have a disability and are thinking of applying for Social Security disability benefits, one factor you ought to consider is hiring professional help. You have the option to hire either a Social Security disability attorney or non-attorney disability advocate to assist you with your application. While it's possible to win a Social Security disability case without professional help, the chances of doing so are slim, particularly at the hearing level. Some disability attorneys are highly familiar with the Social Security Administration's (SSA's) rules and have several years of experience that they can lend to your case. They know exactly what paperwork you need to gather and how to present the information. They can also help to relieve the stress that comes with applying for Social Security disability benefits by simplifying the process and ensuring that you meet deadlines. Attorneys do not get paid if they lose your case. They only get paid if they succeed in getting the SSA to reach a favorable decision. Attorney or Advocate: Which Is Better? Once you decide that you'd like to hire a professional to assist you with your case, you may wonder if it's better to hire a disability attorney or an advocate. The primary difference between a disability advocate and a disability attorney is that an advocate does not have to undergo years of schooling or hold a license to practice. On the other hand, disability attorneys have to graduate from law school and pass their bar examinations. Although there are some qualified disability advocates out there, advocates aren't as strictly regulated as attorneys, and therefore may not be as familiar with the legal complexities of the Social Security disability application process. Disability advocates and attorneys typically charge the same fee (around 25% of your Social Security back payments), so most claimants to choose to hire attorneys to represent them. By hiring a licensed Social Security disability attorney with a positive reputation and a proven track record, you are likely to get the best representation possible. Need an Atlanta Social Security Disability Attorney? If you need help applying for Social Security disability benefits, call Atlanta Social Security disability attorney Louis B. Lusk at 800.883.7043 or fill out this online contact form to set up a free consultation.