Getting the right help to resolve a legal issue can make all the difference. If you needed surgery, would you rather have a board certified surgeon operate on you or would you take your chances with someone who once worked as a receptionist in a doctor’s office? While that’s an extreme example, the logic behind it is sound. Unfortunately, many people who are granted the opportunity to have their once-denied Social Security Disability claim heard before an Administrative Law Judge choose the receptionist.
A Lawyer Is An Advocate, But An Advocate Is Not A Lawyer
If you’ve appealed a disability claim denial and have been granted an opportunity to present your claim in front of an Administrative Law Judge, you want to make sure that you put your best foot forward. While you can hire a non-attorney advocate and hope for the best, why would you – especially when there’s generally no difference in how much you pay for either service?
Why choose an attorney rather than a non-attorney disability claims advocate?
Here are some of the important differences between hiring a license attorney and a non-attorney advocate versus to represent your best interests:
- Attorneys can appeal your case in federal court; advocates can’t.
- Confidential communications are covered under the Attorney / Client Privilege; advocates’ communications aren’t protected.
- Attorneys attend three years of law school learning how to analyze the law and facts of a case for their clients. Advocates are non-lawyers.
- Attorneys take a rigorous state bar examination where rules of evidence are tested; advocates don’t.
- Attorneys can be held accountable by the state bar association for misconduct or failure to properly inform you of the status of your claim; advocates can’t.
It’s pretty clear that while attorneys can advocate on behalf of clients, advocates simply cannot act as attorneys. That is why hiring a licensed attorney to represent you before an administrative law judge reviewing your disability appeal is in your best interest.
How Can The Disparti Law Group Help You?
If you need to appeal a disability claim, contact the Disparti Law Group, P.A. With more than 30 years of experience, our experienced disability lawyers serve clients in Tampa, Holiday, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, New Port Richey, Port Richey, Spring Hill, and all across Florida. You don’t have to fight the government alone; let us put our decades of experience and knowledge to work for you.