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Disability Lawyers Near Me

Best Social Security Disability Advocates

It can be a daunting task to choose the right Social Security Disability/SSI lawyer.

There are endless options to choose from, and all will say they are the best. Below are the criteria for selecting a Social Security Disability advocate.

1) HIRE AN ATTORNEY

A good portion of the Social Security Disability field is composed of “administrative law,” Administrative law is not practiced in traditional courts. Instead, the cases are heard in courts specially created by the Social Security Administration. Being licensed as an attorney is not a requirement to represent claimants seeking Social Security Disability in administrative courts. Hiring an attorney is the best option for representation. Attorneys have the training, expertise, and respect from the judges to effectively pursue a claim for disability benefits.

2) MAKE SURE THE ATTORNEY IS EXPERIENCED IN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY 

 
Generally speaking, the more experienced the attorney, the better it is for your case. Experienced attorneys not only know the law, but they also know how to apply it. It’s more than understanding what’s written in textbooks. It’s understanding which arguments are best in front of which judges. Some judges respond positively to arguments surrounding mental illness, while other judges aren’t as persuaded by this line of analysis. Other judges are sensitive to cases involving seizures. An experienced attorney will know what arguments work and what is just wasting time.
3) GET A LOCAL ATTORNEY
Make sure the attorney you hire knows every judge in the court where your case is set to be heard. Hiring a local lawyer can ensure the attorney knows the court inside and out. The Law Offices of Devermont and Devermont represents people from San Diego to Sana Barbara and knows each judge in all the courts in these cities. The firm doesn’t represent people in Massachusetts. That would be too far for Devermont and Devermont’s attorneys to capitalize on relationships with the courts. Local is always better.
4) MAKE SURE YOUR ATTORNEY CARES
If your attorney doesn’t care, how can he or she convince a judge to care? How can your attorney ask a judge to do what he won’t do himself? An attorney who cares will fight and work harder to win your case. It can’t be about money for the attorney. He or she has to believe in the service they are providing.
 
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“Devermont & Devermont is a wonderful Law Office… Derek Devermont and his staff went above and beyond to get me my disability benefits… The wait is worth it but not too long… But being patient and understanding is the key… They really care about what they do.. I love Devermont & Devermont Law Firm!!”

-Anja Irwin

“From the get go Derek set my mind at ease and made me feel like family. His determination cleared my good name and for that I will forever be indebted for. His staff was also friendly punctual anytime I needed anything.
I would highly recommend this firm.”

-David Rutola

“I didn’t know where to go for a help when my family and I needed it most.
Thank GOD I finally found Devermont and Devermont. Under six months of working with them, we now receive the monthly benefits we were likely never going to see without the help of Mr. Devermont. Can’t thank them enough.”

-Dani Song