What to Look for in a Great Disability Lawyer

Have you submitted a disability benefits claim and are waiting to hear whether or not it’s been approved? Unfortunately, the odds are stacked against you. Only 23% of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims are approved at the initial application stage. Sometimes, even less if you did not use a disability lawyer.

Of course, you can always appeal a denial of disability, but even then, you’re facing an uphill battle. The total number of approvals, whether initially or upon appeal, is only about 34% of all claims filed.

Is there a way to improve your chances of receiving disability benefits? Luckily, the answer is yes. You can hire a disability lawyer to help you navigate this complex process.

A Successful Disability Lawyer Has Medical Knowledge

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) cases are particularly tricky because they require an in-depth understanding of medical conditions that can interfere with a person’s ability to perform their job duties. Therefore, the lawyer that you choose must be experienced in the specialty of disability law.

You are most likely not going to get the results you are looking for if you hire your tax lawyer to tackle your disability case. Look for a law firm whose lawyers have experience litigating medical-related cases. Ask them how many disability cases they have handled and if they have dealt with your particular disability before. 

A Successful Disability Lawyer Understands the Law

This statement should go without saying, but the complexity of disability cases means that a lawyer must know the Social Security system’s requirements inside and out.

In all disability situations, your lawyer will be seeking to demonstrate one, or all, of the following:

  • your medical condition meets the criteria of a condition that is among those described by the Social Security Administration (aka a “disability listing“)
  • you cannot perform your previous work in accordance with Social Security’s “grid” system, which classifies exertion associated with job duties
  • you cannot work even a sedentary position
  • you have limitations that aren’t covered by the grid but impact your ability to perform a job

An Experienced Disability Lawyer Will Be Choosy About Cases

Lawyers who specialize in disability claim appeals cannot charge clients an upfront fee or retainer.

Instead, they receive compensation on contingency. Once your appeal has been approved, and you have been awarded a sum of back pay from the Social Security Administration, your lawyer’s fees will be deducted.

Not having to pay any amount upfront is a massive bonus for clients who may already be struggling financially due to their disability. It means you can afford excellent representation – and you can be awarded your disability benefits even within our challenging disability system!

It also means that if a lawyer takes on your case, they are also taking on the risk of not achieving a favorable outcome. It is in everyone’s interest to work hard for you.

A Great Disability Advocate in Lilac City Law

Our disability team has the know-how and expertise to help you fight and win your disability appeal. For a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us today.

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Setup a Family Estate Plan Today, Here’s How to Do It in Spokane, WA!

Setup a Kid’s Protection Plan Today, Here’s How to Do It in Spokane, WA!

When you started having children, the last thing you probably thought about was setting up a Family Estate plan.

We do not like to be forced to think about a time when we may not be able to take care of children.

However, the sad reality is that for some, it does happen.

Setting up a Family Estate plan, no matter what stage of parenting you are in, is a vital part of being a prepared parent.

Why It Is Important to Set Up a Family Estate Plan

If something should happen that causes you to be unable to care for children and you do not have a Family Estate plan set up, a judge will be the one who gets to decide where your children go.

There may be a family member that you do not want raising your children.  There may be a family friend that you trust and know will raise your child the way you want.

A judge will not know this, and your child may end up with someone who does not want the same things as you.

Another reason to set up a Family Estate plan is so that any money or assets you have can go to the guardian you choose to take care of your children.  These assets can pay for education, necessities, etc.

If you leave it up to a judge, your assets and money may be tied up while the judge decides what to do with it.

How You Set Up a Family Estate Plan

Setting up a Family Estate plan can be done either on your own with templates you can find online, or you can hire an estate planning attorney to help you.

Set up a Family Estate Plan Online

There are some places online that you can print out a template to help you name a guardian for your child.  These are good if you are taking a trip without your child and decided last minute to name someone to care for them in case of an emergency.

Your best option: This website will help you choose a guardian and will create a document naming your legal guardian.

Estate Planning Attorney

Directly contact an estate planning attorney that specializes in working with young families.  You will find that many estate planning attorneys tailor their services to end of life support.

We focus on young families and those who are determined to get ahead on estate planning.  Regardless of whom you choose to work with, the benefit of having a consult with an attorney for your Family Estate plan is that you can ask questions, get answers, and tailor your plan to your specific needs and situation.

What Lilac City Law Can Do For You!

Lilac City Law will help you create a plan that works for you and your family.  We will sit down with you and go over each aspect of a Family Estate plan and make sure you are comfortable with it before you leave.

The most important part of a Family Estate plan is that you feel like everything will be ok if you ever need to use the plan we created with you.

If you live in or near Spokane and would like to set up a Family Estate plan, contact us today!