Overview of Disability
Disability Back Pay
Requirements for Disability
Applications for disability
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after a Denial
Mental Disability Benefits
Denials for Disability
Appeals for denied claims
Disability Benefits from SSA
Child Disability Benefits
Qualifications and How to Qualify
Working and Disability
Disability Awards and Notices
Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys
Social Security List of Conditions
What Social Security considers disabling
Medical Evidence and Disability
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSD SSI Definitions
SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
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Should I have a local Social Security Disability Advocate?
I read your material and want to thank you for your efforts; your publications are very useful and helpful. However, I looked for an answer to two questions and could not find either addressed anywhere, so I am hoping you will respond to my questions.
1. Is it better to hire an advocate in my state of Alabama or in my city (Huntsville, AL)? In other words, should I work with a local advocate or not?
2. Does it make any difference if I use a firm that has approached me (from outside of Alabama)?
Thanks for any advice you can give me.
Whether or not to use a local advocate or an out of state advocate is a choice you will have to make. However, I do see some advantage in having someone local if you feel that you would need more personal contact with your advocate.
Out of state advocates are not as accessible and they may charge for expenses like travel. The most important thing is to get an advocate you can work with who seems knowledgeable with regard to Social Security disability.
Plenty of attorneys take Social Security disability cases as a side line or just on an occasional basis which may or may not provide the best representation for your disability case.
If you choose an attorney make sure they specialize in Social Security disability; generally this is not a worry with non-attorney Social Security advocates because Social Security is their main and only focus.
Good luck with your case.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Getting Social Security Disability Help for your Case
Why does Representation increase the win ratio at a Social Security Disability or SSI Hearing?
What does a Social Security Disability Lawyer or Representative do for your claim?
Denied disability in North Carolina, should I get an attorney or representative?
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits
Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits?
How do you find out if a Social Security disability claim has been approved or even denied?
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
How much does Social Security Disability or SSI pay?
How does the Social Security Disability Review work?
What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
More differences between Social Security Disability and SSI