How to Find a
Disability Attorney and Reduce Fees Simultaneously
Disability attorneys can easily be found in the yellow pages. They also advertise on late night television where I
live. And a good thing about SS disability claims is that attorneys accept cases on a contingency fee basis, which
means if they are not successful in proving your disability, you do not have to pay their fee.
One organization I am familiar with which
you might want to consider contacting if you need an attorney or disability representative is the
Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives (NOSSCR.org). They have a lawyer
referral service that may be useful. The number is: 800-431-2804 (During normal business
hours, EST). What I like about them is that they have annual conferences, which allow them to stay updated on
new social security disability laws, policies and regulations, and they advocate for the rights of disabled
claimants as a matter of course.
Another organization is Disability
They provide legal representation as well as advocacy services for Social Security Disability claimants. You can
check to see if they have a representative available to assist you in your area.
Finally, if you want to find a competent
attorney and save on the amount of money you pay in fees if you win your claim, you might want to check out
This is a national organization, with attorneys in every state, which does for attorney services what your health
insurance coverage does for medical services, i.e. they make retaining an attorney affordable by charging a
reasonable monthly fee for participation.
But the reason I recommend paying their
monthly membership fee – which can start as low as $17 -- is that as a member you can qualify for a reduction in
their contingency fees by 5%. These means that if they handle your disability claim, and win it for you, you will
end up paying only 20% of your back benefits instead of the standard 25% that most attorneys charge.
But what does that mean in real money
terms? Let’s say they win your disability claim and SSA owes you $16,000 in back benefits. (Note: this is not an
unrealistic figure, given the time it takes for a reconsideration and bringing your claim before an Administrative
Law Judge). A regular attorney would receive 25% of that amount, or $4000, but with a Pre-Paid Legal Services
disability attorney, you would only be paying the attorney 20% of $16,000, or $3200. So you would save $800, and
get to keep more money in your pocket when your claim is settled.
So, even if you are paying a monthly
membership fee of $17 per month, you can see that you still come out ahead because not only will you have saved
$800 on your SS disability case, but you will have access to an attorney for any other legal matter you have
throughout the process. Their telephone consultation services are free with your membership, and they will also
write a letter on your behalf for many legal matters you face, and sometimes a letter will keep a small matter from
escalating into a big one.
Beyond that, as a person who has lived off
$300 a month income for more months than I care to admit, I find that even though I maintained no health insurance
coverage, I always maintained my Pre-Paid Legal insurance coverage, no matter what.
Why? Because having served in public
service programs for many years, I know that people who are poor, disabled or otherwise in financial straits are
often the victims of something or another, and have a host of concerns that they often need legal advice to
resolve. Whether it be issues with housing--facing evictions--or mortgages--facing foreclosures--or any other legal
issue, you are covered. You have an attorney just a phone call away for a reasonable monthly fee. They
also prepare your will for free with your sign up.
So even though I am one that keeps a
Pre-Paid Legal Services attorney on my payroll through the thick and thin of my finances, having a low cost
membership makes good sense for anyone who thinks they will need an attorney in the near future.
You will not only get a discounted fee rate
when an attorney from their reputable law firm handles your disability claim, but you will have them at your beck
and call, literally, to consult with for any other legal matter that may surface during this stressful
If interested, you can learn more about
what they offer, and you can check out their affordable membership plans here.
Or visit: http://www.9steps.social-security-disability-esp.com/PPL-Membership.html
or here: http://bit.ly/disability-prepaidlegal /
Step 9: If your reconsideration claim is denied,
consider contacting an attorney for a free consultation to see if the attorney/firm will accept your claim. If they
say yes, it is a good indication that your medical condition is a severe one.
This article is excerpted from Step 9-- a sample chapter from
the Ebook Entitled Getting Social Security Disability: Your 9 Step Guide
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