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Recommend a good disability lawyer?
The Social Security Administration wants me to complete a form disclosing all my
income and expenses for the last 7 years, the entire time I've been on Social
Security Disability. It wants this completed in 15 days. It's too
overwhelming. Can someone recommend a good disability lawyer?
need good professional direction
Homeless Action Center is not just for the homeless, and they provide help and
advocacy for people on Social Security Disability. They are fabulous, free, and
helped me a lot when I needed it. They have offices in Berkeley and Oakland.
homelessactioncenter.org Call and set an appointment with them. They are how
to survive when you're on disability. Hope
ERISA (LTD) lawyer
I need a lawyer that is well versed in ERISA/disability law and has dealt with
large insurance companies before.
I was recently denied a LTD claim from an insuracne policy supplied by my
employer. I have multiple medical professionals that support my disability and
they have even written letters (that are in my medical records that say as
much). After waiting on a decision from the insurance company for 5 months they
just let me know I was denied. I know that my next step is to appeal that
decision and I know at this point that I need a lawyer to help me do that. Any
recommendations for lawyers or law firms that you know that can and have
taken on insurance companies would be great.
. need legal help
Contact Jim Keenley at Bolt Keenley in Berkeley. Anon
The top firm in the Bay Area for this type of work is Lewis Feinberg et.
al., www.lewisfeinberg.com. They are located in downtown Oakland, near
the 12th Street Bart station. I am familiar with several of the
attorneys in this firm, which specializes in ERISA matters, and they
easy to talk to, affordable, honest, and they get results. Check out
their website. Albany attorney
I recommend Cassie Springer or Michelle Roberts at Springer-Sullivan &
Roberts LLP. They are based in Oakland. I worked with them several
years ago when I was in law school (I now practice in another area of
law) and have continued to keep tabs on their careers. They are
wonderful people and terrific ERISA lawyers. Contact them at
Social Security Disability Attorney
Can anyone recommend a lawyer to help me transition off Social Security
I have been disabled for several years and am attempting to return to work,
but while I transition, I am not able to work full time, and my job pays much
less than I was able to earn before my disability. I also have significant
ongoing medical expenses.
The lawyers I have consulted so far only help people get benefits. I need
someone who can help me get off, with minimal penalties until IÂ’m able to
work to support myself.
I'm a single parent and my household depends on my income.
Thanks so much.
Ana, Have you tried The Hawkins Center in Richmond? It is
a non-profit legal services agency, associated with
Rubicon, that specializes in social security disability
and SSI cases (not just getting people onto benefits, but
cases like yours as well). There are 5 or 6 lawyers
there, all experts in this area. 510-232-6611
I would recommend against getting an attorney to help you
off SSD. Talk to someone at Social Security and keep track
of their name, date, and what they tell you. Track it in a
notebook. If you do something based on their advice and it
impacts your benefits in a way you didn't anticipate, you
can appeal, armed with who told you to do what. Plus, it's
free. Attorneys specialize in getting people on, and
usually take a cut of the ''retro'' benefits. If you find one
to help you transition off, you will be paying them yourself.
I'd take the free road. If you feel you must have an
attorney, check with Bay Area Legal Aid.
Attorney to help with SSI benefits
I believe I'm having difficulty finding a job due to my
disability during this time and age. Can you recommend a good
SSI lawyer that specializes in disability so that it might be
possible for me to collect SSI benefits.
Try Nancy McCombs at 800-511-2355 or 415-678-2626. Her
assistants are a little spacey, but she is a very capable
lawyer who won a difficult SSI case for my mother.
Try the folks at Disability Rights Advovcates. Or Phyllis
Olin. Her number is 526-7217. I don't know if she is still
practicing, but if not, she can probably give you some referrals.
The Hawkins Center in Richmond is a non-profit that
handles SSI cases, no charge or sliding scale. Don't have
the number off the top of my head, but they're in the book.
Richard Gutstadt in downtown Oakland did a great job for me when
I had to appeal an SSI ruling stating I shouldn't have been
awarded disability in the first place (I'd had a stroke), and
that I owed them the $48,000 in payments collected over 2
years. Got the ruling reversed completely. A smart guy with a
sense of humor and a social conscience. (510) 451-8370
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