If you are a federal employee who was recently denied disability retirement, you might be considering filing an appeal. If so, then it’s a good idea to consider hiring legal representation. While this isn’t necessary for this type of case, it can be a difficult case to win without it. If you wish to hire a lawyer, it’s important to make sure you hire the right one to represent you. Here are some tips to help you choose:
Hire a Licensed Attorney
This one might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s common enough that we feel it needs to be mentioned first. There is no law that states that you have to be represented at your Federal Disability Retirement hearing, or that your representation must be a licensed disability retirement lawyer. Because of this, many people try to save money by going it alone or hiring someone who claims to be experiences, but cheaper than an attorney. Obviously, you need to choose who you think will best represent your interests. However, this is a hearing that will in effect determine your financial stability for years to come. Why would you settle for anything less than the best?
There are many lawyers out there who are licensed to argue federal disability cases. This is a good thing — until it’s your turn to hire one. The good news, though, is that the amount of lawyers out there means that you’re bound to find one that best fits you and your situation. It takes time and patience, though, and a willingness to ask the right questions. And speaking of questions . . .
Be Prepared When Talking to Attorneys
Don’t go into your attorney interviews unprepared. Because the attorney you are talking to is ultimately vying for your business, take the time and prepare in advance. Learn what you can about the attorney, and be ready with a list of pertinent, relevant questions that help you determine who you need to hire.
Don’t Forget To Ask About Money
Not everyone likes to talk about money, but it’s important here. Unlike Social Security Disability lawyers, whose fee is mandated by the government, federal disability retirement lawyers can charge different fees. Make sure you know what you’re paying before you agree to anything. This will help you avoid any bad surprises later.