This post discusses what a NC Board Certified Social Security Disability Lawyer is and why you should want one for your disability case. Attorney Kimberly D. Bishop of The Bishop Law Firm is one of only 48 Board Certified Social Security Disability Lawyers in North Carolina.
Winning your disability case can take time. You may have to go through several levels of appeal before you receive a favorable decision (for a discussion of the process look here). Knowing how and when to appeal is imperative. Having an attorney on your side that is familiar with the disability process at every step is important. But how do you know if the attorney you want to hire is able to do those things?
NC Board Certified Social Security Disability Lawyers must met certain requirements before they can be labeled as such: (1) the applicant must be licensed and in good standing to practice law in North Carolina; (2) the applicant must be substantially involved in the practice area, usually for a minimum of five years; (3) the applicant must take a certain number of continuing legal education credits in the specialty area during the three years prior to application;(4) the applicant must make a satisfactory showing of qualification in the specialty through peer review and (5) the applicant must achieve a satisfactory score on a written examination in the practice area. Via The North Carolina State Bar Website
Becoming a board certified specialist is not required to practice law. While there are very fine lawyers who are not specialists, specialists have completed extra steps to show their dedication to their practice area. This is important in the complicated world of Social Security Disability where your livelihood, health and family’s future are at stake.
NC Board Certified Social Security Disability Lawyers are paid the same fees as any other lawyer or non-attorney representative so there is no additional costs to hiring a specialist! Kimberly D. Bishop of The Bishop Law Firm is a NC Board Certified Social Security Disability Lawyer and her firm represents clients in Raleigh, Cary, Durham and surrounding areas in North Carolina. Give us a call today for a free case evaluation!