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Should I Hire a Disability Lawyer or a Non Attorney Advocate?

Is it better to hire a Disability Lawyer or a Non Attorney Advocate?


Navigating the complex and often overwhelming process of applying for disability benefits can be a daunting task. Many individuals who are applying for disability benefits wonder whether they should hire a disability lawyer or a non attorney advocate to help them through the process. In this blog post, we will explore the differences between these two options to help you make an informed decision.


What is a Disability Lawyer?

A disability lawyer is an attorney who specializes in disability law. These lawyers have completed law school and passed the bar exam, and have a deep understanding of the law and legal system. They can provide legal advice, represent you in court, and offer a higher level of legal representation than non attorney advocates.


What is a Non attorney Advocate?

A non attorney advocate, also known as a disability advocate, is a professional who is not a lawyer but is trained in disability law and has experience helping individuals with disability claims. Non attorney advocates can assist with the disability application process, represent you in disability hearings, and offer advice on your case.


Which Option Should You Choose?

When deciding between a disability lawyer and a non attorney advocate, there are several factors to consider:

  1. Complexity of your case: If your case is particularly complex or involves legal issues, a disability lawyer may be the best option for you. They have a deeper understanding of the law and can provide more specialized legal representation.

  2. Experience: Non attorney advocates are often less experienced than disability lawyers, which may be a consideration. But there are non attorney advocates that have several decades of experience, more than some lawyers out there.

  3. Personal preference: Some individuals may feel more comfortable working with a disability lawyer, while others may prefer the more informal approach of a non attorney advocate.

  4. Availability: This depends on location and whether the law firm has a team or not. A non attorney advocate may practice as a solo, whereas a lawyer may have a full team behind them. Therefore a disability attorney may be more available as they have paralegals or legal assistants that can take your call at any time of the day.

In conclusion, whether you should hire a disability lawyer or a non attorney advocate depends on your specific needs and preferences. Both options can provide valuable assistance in the disability application process. It is important to do your research and consult with both types of professionals to make an informed decision that is best for your individual situation.

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