It can’t be overstated: The vast majority of claims for Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are initially denied. The process can be extremely complicated and intimidating. If claimants undertake the process without a complete understanding, they may be opening the door to disaster.
To make matters even more difficult, there are many non-attorney representatives who handle Social Security claims. It’s very important to note that there’s no certification process necessary for anyone to hold himself out as a Social Security claimants’ representative. Anyone can do it, but not everyone has the qualifications or experience that is required.
Here’s another dirty little secret: Some of the biggest firms that represent people in Social Security claims — the national firms that advertise the most — are not actually law firms. The person they send to your hearing may well not be an attorney. Even if their company name sounds like a law firm, you will notice that they call themselves “Social Security disability advocates,” not lawyers or attorneys.
Why Should I Choose an Attorney for Social Security Disability?
Why does this matter? If you needed surgery, you wouldn’t go to an unlicensed amateur. Your disability claim is important. When you work with Tucker & Boklage, PLLC, you will be represented by experienced, licensed attorneys who have successfully represented thousands of people just like you.
What about other law firms? There are two things you have to watch out for: firms that are huge and firms that merely dabble in Social Security law. If you go with a Social Security law firm that is too big, you risk being lost in the shuffle. If you choose a general-practice law firm that tries to do Social Security work on the side, you risk being a guinea pig as an inexperienced attorney uses your case to learn the ropes of Social Security practice.
At Tucker & Boklage, we are big enough to handle even the most complicated case, but small enough that we know all of our clients by name. Social Security law is all we practice, and we are proud to say that we are good at it.
For over 15 years, we’ve worked exclusively in this area of law. We know the importance of understanding our clients and carefully working through the process. We work on contingency and don’t collect anything unless our clients obtain benefits.
To discuss any aspect of your SSI or SSDI case in a free initial consultation with one of our Washington state SSDI benefits attorneys, call 360-260-2566 or e-mail us here.
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