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DT6 How Social Security law firms REALLY work

Ever feel ignored by your Social Security disability lawyer? Or, can’t remember the first thing about your case? What happens after you hire a Social Security disability lawyer or law firm? Is your representative really working on your case? Has your … Continue reading

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Social Security lawyers and percent won

Do you know how to find a good lawyer? How about asking: What percentage of cases do you win? A high percentage of wins sounds good to many people. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will get a good lawyer. Let me let … Continue reading

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“Combined years of experience” in legal advertising

This advertising tactic is a bit of a joke in legal circles. Yet it pops up surprisingly frequently. I am sure you have seen lawyers ads touting the “combined experience” of the lawyers in the firm: 18 years of combined … Continue reading

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How much will the expenses be in a Social Security disability case?

Since attorneys fees are set (and have to be approved by) Social Security, the bigger question in a Social Security disability case is the amount of the expenses. Since expenses are different in each case, clients often wonder how much … Continue reading

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What happens if you have more than one lawyer on a Social Security case

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 … Continue reading

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Maximum attorney fees increase to $6000

If you hire a lawyer on a Social Security case after today, you may be surprised to learn that the maximum fees are $6,000. I thought the most a lawyer can charge in a Social Security case was $5,300?  That’s … Continue reading

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Lawyers’ secret gold-mine

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 … Continue reading

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Editorial: Does a home study course make you a disability representative?

I came across this 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 … Continue reading

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When should I hire a lawyer?

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 … Continue reading

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Why can’t I find a lawyer to appeal a hearing denial?

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 … Continue reading

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The Social Security “User Fee”

I have previously written about how Social Security (usually) pays your lawyer directly if you win your Social Security disability case. But did you know that Social Security charges to do this.  The Florida Social Security Disability Blog (in my … Continue reading

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Social Security won’t talk to me BECAUSE I have a lawyer!?!

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 … Continue reading

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If I have a lawyer, why am I doing all the talking?

The one thing people are most surprised about when they go to a 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 … Continue reading

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Need a Social Security lawyer? Don’t wait until the last minute!

Pop Quiz: Do you save money by waiting to hire a lawyer/attorney until your hearing is scheduled? Answer:  No. In a normal Social Security contingency fee agreement, you pay the same amount whether you hire an attorney a year before the … Continue reading

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Social Security help: small town lawyers vs national law firms

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 … Continue reading

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