When you're getting ready to file a Social Security disability claim, you have the option of handling the paperwork and fighting for your rights on your own or hiring a legal representative to help you through the process. Unless you're either experienced or extremely confident with the former scenario, it's ideal to take steps to find a Social Security lawyer who can ease the burden for you. If you're already going through a challenging time as a result of the disability issue, it can be a huge weight off your shoulders to hire someone who can guide you through this process. Here are some important questions to ask when you're talking to prospective candidates.  

Are You Willing To Fill Out The Paperwork On My Behalf?

There are generally two important elements of filing a Social Security disability claim -- making sure that you have all the paperwork correct and then dealing with the situation if your claim is denied. While your Social Security lawyer will be a valuable ally during the latter component, it's ideal to hire someone who will also take a hands-on approach to the paperwork process. Some Social Security lawyers ask you to fill out your own documents but will help you if your claim is denied, while others will also spend time with you to make sure that your paperwork gives you the best chance of success -- in many cases, this attorney is the one you want in your corner.

If My Claim Is Denied, What Are The Chances Of A Successful Appeal?

Any experienced Social Security lawyer has dealt with a multitude of claims, including some that likely share some similarities to your situation. This experience should ideally mean that the lawyer can provide you with an informed opinion of how your appeal process might go, including where your case is strong and where it isn't. The lawyer might even be able to tell you how long you'll need to wait for the appeal to be decided and what the financial value of the decision could be worth.

How Easily Can I Reach You?

It's comforting to know that you can easily get your Social Security lawyer on the phone -- or have him or her call you back promptly. Talk to the attorney (click to find out more here) about how he or she handles communicating with clients. While many lawyers use administrative staff to handle this work, others will happily speak to you directly, which can be ideal if you have an urgent question or concern that needs addressing.