Should I Hire a Local Attorney Over a National Firm?
Yes! There are two great reasons to hire a local Social Security Disability attorney. First, local disability attorneys know area Judges and staff. National firms have several “hubs” across the country. The attorney assigned to the case will travel from the hub to the local hearing office on the day of the hearing. The attorney from the national firm will not know the area Judges’ preferences, nor will the national firm have built relationships with area staff handling the claims. The local attorney, on the other hand, will know both area Judges and staff well. Second, you can make an appointment to meet your local attorney and visit his or her office well in advance of the hearing. It is unlikely that an attorney from a national firm will be located in your area. As such, it may be difficult for you to meet your attorney prior to the hearing without a plane ticket.