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Social Security Disability Attorney vs. Advocate

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What’s the Difference Between a Social Security Disability Attorney and Advocate?

When it comes to Social Security Disability cases, you may come across non-attorney “advocates.” But only licensed a disability attorney has the training, more specific knowledge, a better understanding of the system and often more experience to really help with your case. Working with an attorney gives you a better chance of winning benefits according to Social Security’s own statistics. The biggest differences between advocates and disability lawyers are:

  • Education: It requires much more time and effort to become licensed as an attorney. Only attorneys have graduated law school and passed the state bar exam.
  • Bar Associations: Attorneys are held to higher standards and more in-depth rules as they are members of various bar associations. Advocates don’t really answer to anyone when it comes to rules.
  • Legal Expertise: Because attorneys are formally trained and educated, they generally have more knowledge about the law and legal matters.

When it comes to getting help with your claim, beware of “advocates” who don’t have the ability to practice law. They can help with your claim, but only an attorney has real knowledge and training of the laws. Plus, it costs you nothing extra to choose an attorney over an advocate so it really is an easy choice.

What Advocates Can Do and What They Can’t

“Advocates” are usually limited to administrative work and handling your paperwork. Advocates can’t file a lawsuit for you — and the SSA knows it.

So when it comes to your claim, if you choose an advocate, the SSA already knows you have someone representing you who can’t file a lawsuit.

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At Hill & Jordan, disability attorney Cliff Hill has helped thousands of North Alabamans win disability benefits. Call Cliff for help with your claim.

Lastly, if you’re unsure whether you are talking to an advocate or an attorney, just ASK!

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