Who Should You Get to Help with Social Security Disability?

    For something as important as getting Social Security Disability benefitsbenefits that can make a major difference in your life when health problems push you out of work—you deserve the best possible support.

    Social Security Disability lawyers focus on navigating the complicated process of qualifying you for benefits. You can also find disability advocates who aren’t lawyers to help with your benefits claim.

    Which one should you choose?

    The cost is the same for either a disability attorney or advocate. You don’t pay a fee for any type of disability representative until you win benefits. Compensation for your representative comes out of back benefits covering your wait time. Social Security applies the same fee caps for everyone.

    But there are some key differences between disability advocates and lawyers, including formal education level and background in evidence, building arguments and handling legal processes.

    At Geary Disability Law, attorney Tim Geary has decades of legal experience and has helped thousands of people win benefits. You can work with our disability law firm in Appleton, Green Bay, across the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

    To talk about your own application for disability benefits, get in touch with us.

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    Qualifications of Disability Advocates vs. Disability Lawyers

    These are ways that the backgrounds of disability lawyers and disability advocates differ:


    • Disability advocates have training and certification in handling disability claims.
    • Disability lawyers have much more extensive professional law degrees.


    • The advanced training of a lawyer prepares them to approach a case from every angle: analyzing documents, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, building legal arguments, navigating complicated government systems, spotting when the system breaks its own rules.
    • The training of disability advocates is more narrowly focused on the steps to the Social Security Disability process.

    Handling Hearings

    • If you’re denied disability benefits, you face a legalistic process more in line with what lawyers are trained to handle, including testifying at a hearing with a disability judge.
    • Disability advocates can help with the appeals process, but they don’t have as much training in areas such as answering questions from a judge or cross-examining witnesses who testify about you at your disability hearing.

    To find out more about what your Social Security Disability case may involve, you can tell our disability law firm about your situation, and we’ll discuss it with you—no charge or commitment.

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    Do I Need a Disability Attorney or Disability Advocate at All?

    You aren’t required to get professional help with your Social Security Disability claim.

    You can apply for benefits on your own.

    But there are many reasons why you might want to work with someone like an attorney or advocate who deals with this program every day:

    • Having help saves you work and stress.
    • Someone experienced in the disability benefits system can help you avoid mistakes.
    • It’s easy to feel lost in the system. Your attorney or advocate makes sure you get personal attention.
    • It’s reassuring knowing someone capable is handling your claim.
    • People with representatives can have a better chance of being approved for benefits, according to statistics from the government.

    While you can go through this process alone, you don’t have to. It’s low-risk and low-cost to get a skilled person to support your disability claim.

    If you live in Wisconsin, can’t work and need financial relief, talk to us a Geary Disability Law. We know what to do next.

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    Hear from a Geary Law Firm Client

    “Helped me every step of the way, and won my case for me. I am not rich, and he had my best interests at heart. I would highly recommend him, as I have already done, several times.”

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