I can’t tell you the amount of times I have people asking me or saying to me via e-mail or chats or phone, “Where do you handle cases?” or “Do you handle cases out of the state of Florida?” or “I wish you handled in my state”.
Looking for a representative to handle your case can be tough. There are commercials, referral services, legal aid, and all kind of different places to find someone. There are catchy ads. Great slogans. Even people saying the right words to make you feel like they can help you. However, it can be difficult because most people have never had to hire a representative before. So, how do you find one that is right for you?
The internet has made life a little easier. You can review a company’s website. You can go to places like AVVO to check out there review. You can even see if they listed with trade organizations like the National Organization of Social Security Representatives (NOSSCR) or the National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR). Most companies have BLOGS and contact page to ask questions. Some places will let you chat with the individuals online or watch videos. All of these things are tools to assist you in determining if that company or representative is the right fit.
Then, the tough part comes. You find someone and, unfortunately, they are not in your state. You are not sure if they will take your case because of your location. Social Security Disability is a federal administrative practice so representatives can travel to represent you in any state. The kicker is whether that representative will come to YOUR state and how much will it cost to travel.
When people come to me and ask me “Where do you handle cases?”, I tell them nationwide. However, I am always sensitive to the financial nature of the ‘person’ as well as my firm. I have handled cases as far west as Phoenix, as far South as Miami, as far north as Milwaukee and as far East as Philadelphia. The reality is that the circumstances were unique regarding travel and how the travel was handled.
To answer the question “Which states does the Reeves Law Firm handle disability cases?”, here’s what you need to know.
1) There is no charge (cost retainer) for travel in these 3 states (Florida, North Carolina, and Tennessee)
As you are aware, our main office is Kissimmee, Florida. However, our office regularly travels to Jacksonville, NC and Nashville, Tennessee. As such, if you contact us from NC, Tennessee, or Florida, there is no charge for travel.
2) There is a charge (cost retainer) for travel outside of those states but they vary based on the region
We do require an upfront cost retainer if you request our office to travel to your state for states other than Florida, Tennessee or North Carolina. The amount of the retainer varies depending on where you are located. The retainer covers the cost of the airline, hotel, and rental car.
3) West Coast cases require the highest charge
I routinely get requests for representation in California and Washington. I don’t have a problem traveling out there but I typically encourage individuals to seek counsel on the west coast. There are some great representatives out there and it would save the person money. In most instances, I can help the person find someone on the West Coast.
If you are not sure whether the Reeves Law Firm will represent you in your state, feel free to complete a free claim evaluation, contact our office and we will tell you whether we can represent you.
Most people spend a great deal of energy actually going through the disability application process. It is no wonder people breathe a sigh of relief when they get benefits. Unfortunately, this relief can often turn into ‘contentment’. The reality is most people don’t realize SSA doesn’t think a person will be on disability benefits forever. At some point in time, SSA will conduct a review of the person’s case to see if they are still disabled.
I know this can be frightening because, in reality, you really have no idea of when SSA will actually conduct this review. Instead of being frightened, try preparing for the possibility of review:
1) Keep getting treatment
I can’t even begin to stress how important maintaining treatment is to your case. It’s easy to get lazy and not go to treatment after you get your benefits but it’s important you do.
2) Pay attention to the things you do
Whether you believe it or not, your daily activities are still important even after you’ve received disability benefits.
3) If you received money from your back pay, you may want to set aside some funds for a representative
Most people have no problems finding a representative when they are applying for benefits. However, it’s hard to find someone while you’re receiving benefits. That’s because there is no back pay. So, most reps are going to require some money upfront to help you.
4) Brace for the possibility that your benefits may end
I know this is not pleasant to here but there may come a time when SSA decides you are no longer disabled. Be prepared for that time.