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How do you find a disability lawyer?

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I have no clue where to start, but need to find one soon.  Are there online databases or anything like that?

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well, you want one in your geographic area, 

obviously a referral is great - if you know anyone who has used one ask

or if you know another variety of attorney ask them for a referral

 

my experience is there are not a lot of them

if there is a large law firm in your vicinity then inquire about a SSDI specialist

or you can good your town/city/county

 

personally, after our experience, I would interview two or three

and not just take the first person with whom you speak

it can be a long, hard process and you want someone whom you trust

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well, you want one in your geographic area, 

obviously a referral is great - if you know anyone who has used one ask

or if you know another variety of attorney ask them for a referral

 

my experience is there are not a lot of them

if there is a large law firm in your vicinity then inquire about a SSDI specialist

or you can good your town/city/county

 

personally, after our experience, I would interview two or three

and not just take the first person with whom you speak

it can be a long, hard process and you want someone whom you trust

 

Thanks for the info, already tried to find one through people we know.  I live in a large city, so I guess I will just dig in and go at it.

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You can find lawyers that specialize in Social Security disability in your town by going to lawyers.findlaw.com.  I looked on the internet for mine, but there was a lot less to choose from back then.

 

I would not recommend going through some of the big firms like Binder and Binder.  I know  a couple of people that went through them and were not happy because it was really hard to get to talk to their actual lawyer.  One friend that went to a big firm first was told after 2 years and about 3 weeks before her judicial hearing that they were dropping her, and she had to find a lawyer.  She found one that worked by herself and everything ended up okay in the end, but how scary!

 

Don't worry about the paying for the initial consultation if you decide to interview a few lawyers.  They can't charge you anything.  Their whole fee comes out of your backpay when you are approved.

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Another option is calling a local legal services organization (like legal aid). Most won't handle disability cases, but many have referral resources.

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You can find lawyers that specialize in Social Security disability in your town by going to lawyers.findlaw.com.  I looked on the internet for mine, but there was a lot less to choose from back then.

 

I would not recommend going through some of the big firms like Binder and Binder.  I know  a couple of people that went through them and were not happy because it was really hard to get to talk to their actual lawyer.  One friend that went to a big firm first was told after 2 years and about 3 weeks before her judicial hearing that they were dropping her, and she had to find a lawyer.  She found one that worked by herself and everything ended up okay in the end, but how scary!

 

Don't worry about the paying for the initial consultation if you decide to interview a few lawyers.  They can't charge you anything.  Their whole fee comes out of your backpay when you are approved.

Thanks, I will try that site.

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