When filing a claim for Social Security benefits, there are numerous possibilities for mistakes along the way. The assistance of an experienced Social Security attorney is vital to maneuvering the ins and outs of this challenging process.
Convenience – With the help of a Social Security benefits lawyer, you can avoid the long lines of the Washington DC and Baltimore area Social Security offices. At The Law Offices of Fred S. London, P.C., you can relax in our comfortable environment while we file your application online or by telephone.
Getting the Information – A significant part of the application process involves the collection of medical records. While some doctors may provide the information upon first request, others may not prove as accommodating, making the documentation harder to secure. A Social Security benefits attorney can assist in the process by contacting medical professionals on your behalf and following up on a regular basis. With an experienced SSDI attorney, you can place the burden of document collection in capable hands.
Dealing with Denial – Most initial Social Security claims are denied. While many applicants take this as an end to the process, a Social Security attorney can assist you in filing a request for reconsideration. The appeals process can become lengthy, possibly requiring numerous steps before a positive outcome is reached. Your attorney can monitor the process for you, ensuring that all appeal opportunities and deadlines are met.
Appearing Before the Judge – Most cases involve an appearance before an Administrative Law Judge. Many applicants find it challenging to present information and medical documentation alone. A Social Security lawyer assists you in preparing for your hearing by ensuring that all necessary documents are in the file. Your attorney will also prepare a pre hearing brief on your behalf, explaining why you are disabled to the judge, based on SSA’s rules. In addition, your attorney will appear along with you to help you feel more confident during the hearing, and to advocate on your behalf.
Reviewing Benefit Amounts – Once your application is approved and your benefit amounts are calculated, a Social Security attorney can review the findings to ensure that your payments were computed correctly. The Administration uses numerous tests and equations to determine a monthly benefit amount. With the assistance of a Social Security lawyer, you can ensure that you are receiving the benefits to which you are entitled.
An experienced attorney is valuable to the Social Security application process. When you are ready to file your claim in the Washington DC or Baltimore areas, contact The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C. today at (410) 877-6585.
Fred S. London
Fred S. London has been a practicing attorney since 1964. He was an Administrative Law Judge for the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene from 1973 to 1986. During this time, he heard primarily the majority of the Medicaid appeals in the State of Maryland. Since leaving his position as an Administrative Law Judge, he has dedicated his practice solely to the field of Medicaid eligibility and Social Security Disability/SSI benefits. He handles public entitlement matters from the initial stage to Administrative Hearings.
Scott S. London
Scott S. London has been a practicing attorney with The Law Office of Fred S. London P.C. since 1996. His practice areas include Medicaid eligibility, Social Security Disability and SSI entitlement. He is also a long-time member of NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives). Scott is currently the Legislative Liaison to Maryland AAHAM (American Association of Health Care Administrative Management-Maryland Chapter). He is also a current Board Member of Levindale Nursing Home which is part of Lifebridge Health. Scott previously served as the Treasurer for the District 11 Democratic Team Slate and as a board member for Hillel at the University of Maryland College Park. In 1993, Scott graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland College Park. He graduated cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1996.
The Law Office Of Fred S. London – Practicing Attorney’s
Jaclyn M. Fewster
Jaclyn M. Fewster has been a practicing attorney with The Law Office of Fred S. London P.C. since 2004 and, prior to that, worked as a law clerk for 2 years for this same firm. Her practice areas include Medicaid eligibility. In 2001, she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. degree in Political Science and a minor in Mathematics from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She graduated cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2004.
Paul M. Mackaro has been a practicing attorney since 2009. He is a graduate of Villa Julie College, B.S., 2003 and Barry University School of Law, J.D., 2008. He joined the practice of Fred S. London in 2008. His practice areas include Social Security Disability and SSI entitlement.
Gloria Virginia Brown
Ria Brown received her Juris Doctor degree from University of Baltimore School of Law in 1989. In 1985, she received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary, where she was inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, an honor society for Government majors. She is licensed to practice law in Maryland and Pennsylvania (inactive). She has 18 years legal experience, and has handled health, social security, civil rights and poverty law cases. She enjoys writing, photography, art, and urban cycling.
Emmett B. Irwin
Emmett B. Irwin has been a practicing attorney since 2012, when he joined The Law Office of Fred S. London P.C. His practice areas include Medicaid eligibility and appeals. He has worked in Medicaid eligibility since graduating from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2008. Prior to graduation, he was the law clerk for the Hon. Dana M. Levitz, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County from 2007-2008. In 1999, he graduated with a B.A. degree in Psychology from Castleton State College in Vermont, where he played four years of NAIA Division II basketball.
Heather R. Holgate
Heather R. Holgate has been a practicing attorney with the Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C. since 2013. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2009 with a B.A. in History and a double minor in Classical Studies and Religion. In 2012, she graduated from the Duquesne University School of Law. Her practice areas include Medicaid eligibility and Veterans Benefits. She is licensed to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia and before the Board of Veterans Appeals.
Jonathan Kopin has been practicing law since graduating from the George Washington University National law Center with honors in 1995. He has represented clients in the areas of Social Security, Disability, SSI, Workers’ Compensation, and Personal Injury. He is licensed to practice in Maryland, in Florida, in Federal Court and before the United States Supreme Court. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1990 with a double major in Economics and Communications. For several years, Jonathan served as a baseball coach and Assistant Baseball Commissioner for the Crofton Athletic Counsel.
Ellie Saadat has been practicing law since graduating from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2008. She received her B.A. in political science from University of Michigan in 2005. Ellie is licensed to practice in California and the District of Columbia. Since 2008, she has practiced law in the areas of Social Security Disability, Personal Injury, Family Law and Immigration.
Jason H.L. Nguyen
Jason H.L. Nguyen joined the Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C. in 2014. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2009 and his Juris Doctor at Baltimore in 2013. He is admitted to the Maryland Bar and his practice areas include Social Security Disability and SSI entitlement.
The Law Office Of Fred S. London – Legal Assistant, Social Security Non-Attorney Representative
I joined the Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C. in May 2014. Prior to that, I had over 15 years of experience with the Social Security Disability program as a representative and manager for a private firm based in Illinois. In 2013, I qualified as an SSA-certified EDPNA. I have represented claimants at hearings throughout the U.S. since 1999. In 1985, I graduated with honors from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, with a B.S. in Business and Economics and a year of study in Vienna, Austria. I earned a fellowship to the Thunderbird School of Global Management, where I received an M.B.A. in 1989. I have run several marathons including Boston, New York and Pike’s Peak.