Through social media, print ads or television advertising, you might have heard that a non-attorney "advocate," "representative," or "rep" can guide you through the process of applying for Social Security benefits. While these non-attorney reps might be able to provide a certain level of assistance, it is difficult to replace the skill, understanding, and knowledge of a trained attorney.
Social Security Disability Lawyers versus Non-Attorney Disability Representatives
There are numerous reasons why hiring an attorney is beneficial to your case.
Often, reps charge the same fees as an attorney and typically follow the same contingent fees process that attorneys do. If you are paying the same fees, it might be beneficial to have a lawyer on your side.
If your claim is denied by a Social Security Judge, a non-lawyer representative is limited in the appeals that he or she may file on your behalf. A non-lawyer representative cannot appeal your claim to federal court; a lawyer can.
Reps are largely administrators tied to filling out and submitting an application. When something goes awry in the process, however, an attorney's legal training may be crucial.
While a judge is typically above such distinctions, he or she might subconsciously recognize that an individual is represented by a rep rather than an attorney.
It is not uncommon for people to be enticed by slick marketing or flashy advertisements. However, when your future financial stability is in question, it is crucial that you choose the right path. Because you pay no fee to us unless we win your case, the cost of hiring a qualified Social Security lawyer is not even a factor. Schedule a free consultation at our firm to discuss your situation with an experienced, professionally trained attorney.
If you are facing a disabling condition or serious work injury, it is crucial that you know your rights. An experienced lawyer can thoroughly examine your situation and provide a clear direction and legal guidance you need. Schedule a free consultation at any of the Kentucky offices of Haydon Law, PSC, to discuss your unique situation.