What To Expect At Our First Meeting
At Francis & Craig PSC, we know that hiring an attorney can be an intimidating experience. How do you know what attorney to hire? How do you know if they have the experience appropriate for your case? How do you pay for an attorney?
These are all questions and concerns that potential clients share. During our initial consultations, we want you to feel comfortable. We will answer your questions about us, the process and what to expect. You should feel free to bring a list of questions you may have to the meeting. We’ve also included a few things that you should consider when meeting with a lawyer about Social Security Disability.
Gathering Information Is An Important Part Of The Process
Before the meeting, we usually send out a packet so that you can gather information for our visit. When we meet for the first time, it is helpful (but not required) to have the following information available:
- Lists of medical providers and doctors
- Summary of conditions you feel are disabling
- List of medications
- Latest denial letter from Social Security
- Any other relevant information
If you do not have this information available, we can counsel you on ways of obtaining it.
When we meet, we usually try to determine how you are functioning and learn more about your physical limitations and your mental health concerns, if any.
Make An Appointment As Soon As Possible
Timeliness is important in disability cases. Often if you have been denied benefits, the clock begins to run and the matter is very time-sensitive. There may be little an attorney can do for you if a deadline has passed. You only have so many days to appeal a denial and you need to act quickly.
You also do not need to accept Social Security telling you no. This is very important to remember. Give us a call and we can help you evaluate your likelihood of success and give you a realistic perspective on your chances. We will always give our best advice and counsel to clients even if it means we determine that you may not be successful in your claim.