Q: Can social security lawyers help with VA claims too? |
A: The Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs are two separate agencies. If you apply for disability benefits with one agency, you will need to apply to the other separately. The two agencies do not share information automatically and the claims process for each is different. Social security lawyers have the experience, credentials and expertise to help you successfully navigate the claims process with the Social Security Administration. Many social security lawyers also have the experience, credentials and expertise to handle VA claims. If you are searching for a firm to handle both your social security and VA claims, it is important to find out the following: How long those attorneys have been practicing veterans law, if those attorneys are accredited by the VA and if they are admitted to practice in the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Q: Are social security lawyers and representatives the same thing?
A: No, social security lawyers and representatives are not one in the same. Representatives do not need to hold a law degree. Many representatives have a great deal of experience dealing with claims. But unlike with social security lawyers, it can be extremely difficult to determine the level of expertise and experience offered by a non-attorney representative. When you are interviewing potential firms, it is important to ask if an actual attorney or a representative will represent your case in court should it reach that point. Some firms send representatives instead of lawyers to represent their clients during hearings. Having a social security lawyer represent your claim during a hearing will give it the best chance possible of being awarded benefits.
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