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kara
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Hi all,

Has anyone personally worked with Barbara Arnold? I'm looking for help putting together my SSDI application. I spoke to her, and she said she would be willing to help me, provided I sign a contract with her. I just want to make sure that she is very good before signing.

Another question – in order to work with me, she wants me to sign a contract that would entitle her to up to 25% or $6000 of any retroactive SSDI benefits I may receive. If I wanted to work with different lawyer down the line, would I be able to nullify this contract, or would I be committed to keeping her as my lawyer?

Thanks,
Kara

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She is mentioned here. Maybe you could contact Robin123.

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/3/30973?#000013

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I know her well and can vouch for her. She is excellent and I think she would be able to handle your needs. I don't know the answer to your legal question. You can pm me if you'd like.
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You ask if you would be able to nullify the contract down the line and work with a different lawyer.

You are going to have to read the contract to get the answer to that question.

Surely, if you wanted to drop the lawyer who has been helping you, you would owe that lawyer money for their time. While they are working on your case, they keep track of every hour that they work for you. So, the bill could be quite high.

But, you must read the contract to know the answer. If the contract doesn't answer the question, then you want something added to the contract that DOES answer the question.

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An attorney taking on a case on a contingency basis (they get paid at the end) needs to be sure they aren't dumped after spending a lot of time on the case. The alternative to the kind of arrangement you have described is to pay an attorney as you go, for the time they are spending.

You can't take up a lot of their time and just walk away without paying anything. So, one or t'other.

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It's all regulated by SSDI. You can call them if you can't find the answer here.

http://www.ssa.gov/representation/fee_agreements.htm#a0=4

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