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Why Should I Get an Attorney
Instead of a Disability Advocate?

When it comes to Social Security Disability cases, you may come across non-attorney “advocates” or “representatives.”

Be careful.

Only a licensed attorney has the training, specific knowledge, understanding of the system — and often more experience — to really help with your case. Only a licensed attorney can represent you if your case needs to go to the federal court level.

In fact, working with an attorney gives you a better chance of being awarded benefits according to Social Security’s own statistics*.

At Baynetta M. Jordan, P.C., Attorney at Law, we’ll evaluate your case for free.

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Texas Man Meets with Social Security Disability Attorney

The Biggest Differences Between
Advocates and Disability Lawyers :

  • Education: It takes much more time and effort to become a licensed attorney. Only attorneys have graduated from law school and passed the state bar exam.
  • Bar Associations: Attorneys are members of various bar associations, which hold them to higher standards and more in-depth rules than advocates. Advocates don’t really answer to anyone.
  • Legal Expertise: Because attorneys are formally trained and educated, they generally know more about the law and legal matters.

So 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 in law.

Plus, there’s no extra cost to choose an attorney over an advocate. You pay no fee unless you win benefits. So it’s really an easy decision.

*November 16, 2001 Congressional Record, Testimony of Honorable Robert T. Matsui of California, regarding the Attorney Fee Payment System Improvement Act 2001
Woman in Texas learns the Difference Between a Social Security Disability Attorney and Advocate

What Advocates
Can and Can’t Do

Advocates usually are limited to administrative tasks and handling paperwork.

Advocates can’t file a lawsuit for you – and the SSA knows it.

If you choose an advocate, you’re going in front of SSA officials with someone representing you that they know cannot take them all the way to federal court.

But when Baynetta M. Jordan, P.C., Attorney at Law, gets involved — nobody pushes West Texans around.

Disability attorney Baynetta Jordan has helped thousands of West Texans secure disability benefits, including people in Midland-Odessa, Brownfield, Denver City, Seminole and everywhere in the Permian Basin.

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