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Finding a Local Disability Lawyer that Specializes in ERISA and Long-term Disability

Finding a Local Disability Lawyer that Specializes in ERISA and Long-term Disability


When searching for a disability lawyer, it is easy to be confused and overwhelmed.

How do you choose the right one?

How do you know if they specialize in ERISA and long-term disability?

This article will give you some tips on how to find the type of lawyer you need in your area.


Search Engines

Using Google, Yahoo, Bing or any other search engine of your choice, is an excellent first step.  When you type in “disability lawyer near me,” you will get a long list or map of attorneys that are local.  When you click on their name, you will get a brief profile of them.  You can also click on the website button and be taken to their website so you can get more information about them.

Keep in mind that there are different types of disability lawyers.  Your search results will bring up lawyers that specialize in ERISA and long-term disability (LTD), Social Security (SSDI/SSI), and VA disability (VA, Compensation).  Make sure that you are paying attention to what their specialty is. You are looking specifically specializes in ERISA and long-term disability.

Once you get a list of lawyers, you can start evaluating them and narrowing them down to the ones you think will work best for you.


Using AVVO, Findlaw, or NOLO

There are specific websites that will help you find a disability lawyer that is both local and specializes in ERISA and long-term disability.  They get paid, by lawyers, to provide referrals to member law firms.  These websites are helpful for a potential consumer because they give you filter criteria, ratings for the firm, and can connect you with a disability lawyer that specializes in ERISA and long-term disability.

An example is http://lawyers.findlaw.com/lawyer/practice/disability. This website allows you to narrow your location by top cities, top counties, top metros, and by state. It gives you a list of law firms in the area you choose along with a law firm profile, tells you if they offer a free consultation, and allows you to contact them through a contact form.

Another example is https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/should-i-hire-long-term-disability-attorney.html. This website uses a blog-link approach. They link their lawyer search within their blog.  When you click the link, you can then answer questions about you and your case and then you will receive a list of disability lawyers in your area.


Recommendations From Friends and Family 

If you have any friends or family that use or have used a disability lawyer, they are good resources. They will be able to tell you how they found they found their lawyer. They can also tell you about the lawyer they use/used and whether or not they think the lawyer would fit your needs.

Even if you get a recommendation from a friend or family member, it is still a wise choice to set up a consultation (especially if it is free!) to meet the lawyer.  This will help you get a better feel for the firm and if they will fit your needs.

You can also use the tools above to search others’ recommendations as well.  For example, here’s our testimonial page!



After You Choose a Lawyer

Once you get a list of lawyers you want to check out, you can use this list to determine if they will be a good fit for you.

  • They work on cases that deal exclusively with Long-term disability and ERISA.
  • They will ask the right questions, then take the time to listen and understand your answers.
  • They will be honest with you from the beginning. They will be upfront about your chances at winning, give you straight answers, and assess your situation honestly.
  • They will make time for you even if that means having you speak with someone else within the firm or calling you back promptly.
  • They will be dedicated to your case no matter how long it takes. They will begin and end your case with you.

If you need help with your case, you can reach out directly to us. We will be glad to sit down with you and discuss your case.


About the Author
In 1998, Chris obtained his law degree from the University of Oregon, and in 1999, he accepted his first job as an attorney with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. In 2000, Chris entered a private litigation practice in Vancouver, Washington. In private practice, Chris litigated a variety matters including administrative, criminal, real estate, construction, business, and insurance.