You can find plenty of disability attorneys by searching online, asking friends, or looking through a list at your local Bar Association. But here is how to know which attorney you can trust.
Before contacting a lawyer look for these signs of a reputable attorney. If you are searching online, this information should be easily available on the attorney’s website. If you are finding attorneys through friends, ask them these questions before reaching out.
A reputable attorney should have lots of experience providing legal services, and specifically with disability cases. Look at how long they have been an attorney. Additionally, look at whether they have experience with Social Security disability cases, Supplemental Security Income cases, veteran cases, etc.
The internet is a great tool for gauging an attorney’s reputation. Look at the reviews previous clients have made about the attorney either on their professional website or on other platforms. High approval ratings are a good indicator that the attorney has a good reputation among clients.
Lawyers and attorneys need formal credentials to be able to represent you in court. Before being able to represent you before a court an individual must have obtained a bachelor’s degree, a juris doctorate degree from an ABA accredited university, and passed the bar in the jurisdiction in which you wish to be represented.
References are important indicators of how an attorney is viewed within their own community of professionals. Attorneys will either provide formal references, or inform you of bar associations to which they belong. Individual references are useful in understanding an attorney’s personal history. Looking into the associations an attorney is part of helps assure they are well-respected and well-known in their field.
Meeting with a Lawyer
Once you have decided on an attorney, you will need to contact them. When reaching out, here are some details to pay attention to in making sure they are reputable.
Promise of Outcomes:
Be careful if an attorney only promises great outcomes. There are always possible risks involved. A responsible and reputable attorney will do their best to win the case, but they can’t guarantee certain results. If they only highlight the positives, make sure they have a strong track record to back up their confidence.
Trust your Feelings:
You should feel comfortable talking with your attorney. You should feel that they will prioritize your case, and that you are not being judged in any way. Use the tips explained here. But most importantly, you must feel you can personally trust the lawyer.
Ask the Right Questions: Meeting your attorney for the first time is not the time to be shy. Ask a lot of questions. By asking questions you will know exactly what kind of an attorney you’re working with. This will make it easier to trust them as well.
Some important topics to ask about include:
- Success Rate
- Documentation They Will Need
- How Long The Process Will Take
This is also your chance to ask any other questions you may feel are important to you. It is better to ask beforehand than to be surprised later.