With Your Future on the Line, Don’t Leave Anything to Chance

When your health is bad and you can’t work, Social Security Disability benefits can be a lifeline. Those monthly checks could protect your finances — and your independence.

You need to know this: When you’re applying or appealing for disability benefits, some people who say they will help are not actually attorneys. Some are non-attorney “advocates” or paralegals.

If it’s not clear, make sure to ask whether someone is an attorney before you choose them to help you.

This is about your life and your dignity. Don’t settle for anyone other than the most qualified representative you can find.

Your expenses are the same either way.

If you can’t work, let the attorneys at Bothwell & Hamill go to work to get you benefits.

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You PAY NO FEE unless you win benefits. After you win benefits, your lawyer or advocate is paid the same way from a portion of the back benefits you earned while you were waiting for a decision.

And at Bothwell & Hamill, we don’t charge anything for you to talk to us about your case, so we can help you determine what’s best for you.

How Does a Lawyer Make a Difference?

These are the experiences a lawyer brings to your case that other advocates don’t have:

  • A law degree
  • Training and experience in complex legal matters
  • Training in administrative law, which is the type of law used by Social Security
  • Training in preparing and presenting evidence
  • Training in cross-examining witnesses
  • Training in writing complicated legal briefs

Social Security rules determine how lawyers and advocates are paid. And there’s no difference to you.

You PAY NO FEE unless you win benefits. After you win benefits, your lawyer or advocate is paid the same way from a portion of the back benefits you earned while you were waiting for a decision.

And at Bothwell & Hamill, we don’t charge anything for you to talk to us about your case, so we can help you determine what’s best for you.

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You Can’t Appeal Your Case All the Way Without a Lawyer

Most people who apply for Social Security Disability benefits get denied on the first try.

If you’re denied, you can appeal. And that’s when you might win benefits.

But to take your appeal to the highest level, you need a lawyer.

If you’re turned down at the initial levels of appeal, you can file a lawsuit in federal court. An experienced lawyer can do that for you.

Nonlawyer advocates or paralegals are not allowed to practice in U.S. District Court.

Working with a lawyer lets you can take your fight for benefits as far as possible.

Bothwell & Hamill helps people in Yakima, Kennewick, Sunnyside, Spokane, Richland, Ellensburg, Wenatchee, Walla Walla and all across Central Washington.

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He (Tom Bothwell) helped me be very prepared for my hearing, and he was really on it when it came to dealing with the judge. I don't think I would have won without him.”

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