The media’s portrayal of the Social Security disability system, the beneficiaries and the economics of disability payments has been unfavorable to say the least. The Center for Economic and Policy Research has written an interesting piece on the subject: cepr.net
Choosing a Social Security Attorney – So much advertising, so little information!
There are a lot of lawyer advertisements. You see them on television, you hear them on the radio and they are all over the Internet. “Call this firm for your accident, call this firm for your bankruptcy, complete this online form for your Social Security Disability benefits.”
BEWARE: many of the firms doing the most advertising are simply the firms with the greatest marketing budget, not the firms that are right for YOUR case. Also, they are rarely in your community and will almost never meet with you to discuss the issues of your case.
In the Social Security Disability practice many national and large regional law firms spend hundreds of thousands of dollars a year just in marketing and advertising. Does this mean that these are the best lawyers to provide the legal services you need? Often the answer to that question is “No!”
At Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. you will speak with trained law firm employees who are legally and ethically responsible to you under the guidelines of our State Bar Association and the Social Security Administration. You will have direct contact with staff trained by our attorneys, and you will have at least two attorneys knowledgeable and directly responsible for your case – one of those being Jeff Rabin. We work in Northern Illinois, we know our communities, we know local resources, we know how Chicagoans think, and we care about you as a client – not just as a number on a computer screen.
In fact, many advertisers on the Internet are not even law firms — they are either non-attorney advocacy firms, or simple Internet marketing companies who sell your information to law firms across the country! These Internet marketers are virtually unregulated. The disclaimers identifying them are often hard to find, buried in small print in the website. Your information ends up being sold to the law or advocacy firm who is pays the most to the marketing company for each “lead.” A “Lead” to the marketing company is just another name, phone and email address to be sold – in the real world it is a human who is disabled and suffering. Is that how you really want to get a representative?
When you complete a form on an Internet website which is not clearly identified as a local law firm site, you may be called from an independent contractor hired by a large call center and who is not a law firm employee. That person’s salary may be dependent upon churning as many phone calls and emails as possible in a day, as opposed to listening and providing service to you. You may be calling with someone thousands of miles from your home – and what does that person really know about medical and legal help in your town?
When you reply to an Internet advertisement, or to a television commercial, ask tough questions. Where is this law firm? Who will actually be going to the Administrative Law Judge hearing with you? Will that person by your side at the ALJ hearing, who you are counting on to argue with a Judge and cross-examine the Social Security doctor, be an attorney? Will that person by your side even be an employee of the law firm or will the law firm hire low cost independent lawyers to do your hearing? Will that person have experience? There are really qualified non-attorney advocates, and some good national law practices – but consumers need to ask the right questions so that they truly understand who they are hiring for what is likely the most important legal matter in their life.
In the Chicago region Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. has built a reputation based upon effective, aggressive and compassionate representation of people needing Social Security benefits. That is our mission and that guides our daily work. Our offices are in your community, our staff is from your community – with more than 60 years of combined legal services the attorneys of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates have worked with Social Security staff, physicians, hospitals, clinics and therapists in your community.
There are a lot of lawyer advertisements. Be an informed consumer. Get referrals from friends, neighbors, physicians and others that you trust. Ask a lot of questions if you choose to respond to an advertisement. Find a law firm with skilled and experienced attorneys in your community who focus in this area of the law. The Mission of the lawyers and staff at Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. is to provide the representation you need to get the help you deserve – Do Not Fight Alone.
Here is an interesting article from the ABA Journal:
Take a look at the lovely letter Jeff recently received from a caseworker in his community:
April 11, 2014
Dear Mr. Rabin,
I would like to inform you that I have recently become the Caseworker at Township General Assistance office, the former caseworker has retired. I am now receiving your Social Security Newsletters and would like to tell you that they are most informative.
Each month I look forward to receiving it and always find it has very helpful information. For example in the April 2014 issue it explained how the Social Security District Office is cutting services. This information is very important to me and other caseworkers due to the fact we send our clients to these office on a regular basis to get the exact information that they no longer provide. If it had not been for your newsletter, I would have continued to send clients there for absolutely no reason. And as you know, most of the clients we serve are low income families who do not have the means to drive to the Social Security office when they no longer can retrieve the information they would need.
Again, we appreciate all you are doing.
Please join us:
Thursday, May 15th, 7:15 a.m.
Thursday, May 15th, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
JW Marriott, Indianapolis, IN
We hope to see you in Indianapolis for the NOSSCR Conference for our breakfast meeting and we will also be hosting a reception right before the President’s Cocktail Reception from 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday in Room 301 to socialize and mingle!
Jeff & Rachel
Just a heads up, I set up an electronic version of the monthly SS Newsletter to be sent to you. Look for it around the first of the month. Feel free to forward to any of your contacts.
Press Releases: This is a great avenue to get your name out to the community you live in. Need a topic? There are often topics of interest that arise in the national news that you can adapt to be relevent on a local level. Check out our blog: http://www.disability-links.com for ideas. If you are too busy – we would be happy to help you put something together.
If you plan on attending the upcoming NOSSCR Conference in Indianapolis in May, we would love to see you bright and early at our breakfast meeting. We also will be hosting a Social Hour for on Thursday evening before the President’s Cocktail Hour. More details to follow…
We received a nice note from the local NAMI in Minnesota for the donation we made for Nancy Coyle Strahan: NAMI letter to us
“Got a lead for an in-service for 35-40 professionals with a local psychologist group. How did they find us you ask? The newsletter!” Attorney Matthew R. Grundy