You have many different choices when it comes to an attorney. Determining which lawyer is the best lawyer for your disability case can feel like an overwhelming task. There are a few ways that you can narrow down your list.
The Wrong Way to Pick a Social Security Disability Attorney
The absolute wrong way to pick a disability attorney is a quick decision based on convenience. One of the most common reasons people pick a certain lawyer is because that lawyer’s office isn’t too far from their home. Disability Law is a very specialized field, and it’s unlikely that the best Social Security attorney will be just down the street.
Rather than picking the nearest attorney, you should focus your search on the most qualified attorney for your disability claim.
National Disability Law Firms vs. Local Small Law Firms
There are also large national law firms that specialize in Social Security Disability claims. Hundreds of applicants hire these firms to handle their cases each year.
The trouble with large law firms is that you can quickly become a case number to an attorney instead of a person. A smaller law firm is more likely to know your name and the details of your case. If having a relationship with your attorney is important to you, you may want to consider hiring a smaller law firm to handle your claim.
The Right Way to Pick an Iowa Disability Lawyer
In order to increase your chances of finding an attorney that is qualified and will represent you well, we recommend following these steps:
- Ask your local Social Security office for a list of attorneys that work on disability cases.
They should be able to tell you which local attorneys have experience with Social Security cases.
- Do an Internet search.
Searching for “Iowa Social Security Disability attorney” is a good way to narrow down attorneys that are local to your state. Make a list of these attorneys and visit their websites if they have them. If they have written information on Social Security Law, download it from their site, or call them and ask for it to come through the mail.
- Speak to family and friends who have had or currently have Disability attorneys.
One of the best ways to find a Social Security Disability attorney is through word of mouth. If an attorney does a good job for a person, they are likely to spread that attorney’s name to others who need it. On the other side of the coin, if a disability lawyer does a bad job for a client, their name is likely to be spread around as well – just not in a good way.
A large part of our disability cases come from former clients referring their friends, neighbors, and co-workers to our firm. We consider it a great honor each time someone refers a case to our office.
- Meet each attorney on your list in person.
Once you have assembled your list of attorneys, you should call each office and schedule an appointment for a face-to-face meeting with each attorney. It is important that you feel comfortable with the lawyer you decide to hire. If you are not comfortable with your attorney, you may not tell them everything they need to know about your conditions.
Choosing an attorney for your disability claim can be a very personal decision. This blog should have given you some tips on how to make that decision a little bit easier. If you still have questions, please call our office at 1-319-774-1542 or download our free Law Guide to Iowa Social Security Disability Claims.