How Should You Choose An SSD Attorney?
Your Social Security claim is very important — it may be the only source of income you have until you are able to return to work. If you already have an attorney with whom you have an established relationship, you should ask that lawyer for a recommendation. You could also ask friends who have needed an attorney for their SSD or SSI case. But remember: There are many questions you should think about when talking to an attorney, and you should get answers to all of those questions:
- How long have you been practicing law?
- Do you work by yourself or with other attorneys in your office?
- How long have you been handling SSD and SSI cases?
- About what percentage of your law practice is limited to SSD and SSI cases?
- How much of your continuing legal education is just for SSD and SSI matters?
- Are you a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)?
- Are you a local attorney, familiar with the local judges?
- If a judge denies a claim, do you handle appeals to the Appeals Council or to the Supreme Court?
At Manring & Farrell, our lawyers have been in practice for many years, and all of our attorneys are members of NOSSCR. All of our lawyers work together on all cases, and we all get training and CLE in two primary areas: Social Security (SSD and SSI), and ethics and professionalism as required by the Supreme Court of Ohio. We also attend regular training on the changes in the handling of VA Compensation claims. Our practice is limited to the handling of SSD, SSI and VA Compensation claims.