What is the difference between a Social Security Disability Lawyer and a Social Security Disability Advocate?


You may have seen websites or advertisements for Social Security disability advocates or Social Security representatives. Many people do not understand the difference between a Social Security lawyer and a Social Security advocate or representative.

A Social Security Disability Advocate

 A Social Security disability advocate or representative is a person who is probably familiar with the Social Security Administration's policies and procedures concerning the SSI or SSDI programs. The advocate can assist you in gathering paperwork and other necessary information as well as filing your appeals. They may also represent you to the Administration and be with you if you appear before an Administrative Law Judge.

A Social Security disability advocate is not a lawyer. They are only an "advocate" or "helper." They can answer questions concerning Administration policies and procedures. Although advocates are allowed to be present, they may or may not be able to ask questions of witnesses or even speak on your behalf before the Administrative Law Judge during a denial appeal. A Social Security disability advocate cannot represent you before a Federal Court Judge.

A Social Security Disability Lawyer

A Social Security disability lawyer is an advocate on steroids and then some! A disability lawyer can help you every step of the way for every appeal. A good Social Security disability lawyer knows disability law and knows how to legally obtain your benefits for you if you qualify. If your appeals process goes before any judge, your lawyer can stand up in court and question witnesses, object if anything is said that may be questionable and represent you before the judge. A disability lawyer can file appeals that are based on case law and provide standing for any possible errors the judge may have committed when reviewing your case.

Does an Advocate cost less than a Social Security Disability Lawyer?

The Social Security Administration sets the amount that you can be charged for representation by either an Advocate or a Social Security disability lawyer. Although a lawyer has obtained a law degree and can actually do more than an Advocate in many instances, the Social Security Administration has determined that both an advocate and a lawyer may charge the SAME AMOUNT!

An advocate could possibly help some as you go through the Social Security disability appeals process. However, why pay the same amount for someone who may have less training, knowledge and skill and cannot represent you in court when, for the same money, you can can have a full-fledged Social Security disability lawyer?

Our Social Security disability lawyers will not charge you a fee for their service unless your Social Security disability benefits are obtained.

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The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers have attorneys who are experienced in Social Security disability law and procedures. The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers has settled thousands of cases for our clients, many of whom became clients after they were initially denied benefits. With over 20 offices from the East coast to the West coast our disability lawyers work locally with our clients to assist them in this time of need.

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