Mary Ellen Felps - Attorney at Law - Austin, TX - Social Security Disability - Federal Court Appeals


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Ten Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Attorney

Before hiring a representative in a Social Security case, please consider the following:

1. Is the person a lawyer? Lawyers study the cases that are decided in court as well as the rules and regulations. This gives you better representation.

2. How many years experience and how many cases has the representative handled. Obviously, a person with only a few years experience has less skill and a person who only sees a few clients has less experience. Doesn't it make sense to have a skilled and capable representative?

3. How much training does the representative get each year. Those who focus their practice on Social Security cases usually join the National Organization of Social Security Representatives and attend at least one or more seminars sponsored by NOSSCR each year. Lawyers are required by their ethical rules to continue to get more training and stay up to date on the law.

4. Is the representative a member of NOSSCR? If they are not, this is usually a sign of less professional knowledge simply because NOSSCR provides monthly updates on the rules and what is happening with Social Security.

5. Will your representative help you complete all the forms that you must file to pursue your claim? If the representative tells you to "come back when a hearing is scheduled" or wait until you are denied and it is time for a hearing request, then your representative will have allowed many misstatements to make their way into your file.

6. Will your representative get your file in advance of the hearing and go over the evidence before the hearing date? Going into the hearing and reading over the file just thirty minutes before the hearing is a sign of weak preparation.

7. Will your representative prepare a written statement about the evidence and use that to persuade the judge at your hearing to find you are disabled? This is a sign of a representative who puts out additional effort for your case.

8. Will your representative meet with you several days before the hearing to discuss what you should expect at the hearing? If not, you are going to that hearing less well prepared.

9. Will your representative take your appeal all the way to federal court? If not, why not? If the representative is not licensed to do this, will you be given a referral to someone who is able to do that appeal?

10. How does your representative get most of the cases that he/she handles? If it is by the referral of other clients, then you know that he/she has done a good job for many people in the past.

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