At the Law Offices of Melanie Leavitt, we’re here to ensure that you’re getting the best representation possible in your pursuit of the benefits you deserve. We do this by providing our clients with access to licensed social security lawyers near Baton Rouge to help them navigate the complex and often confusing process of applying for benefits. Over the past two decades, we’ve helped hundreds of others throughout the Baton Rouge area navigate this system, giving us an intimate knowledge of the process and what details will give you your best chance of getting the payments you need. Our lawyers, Melanie Leavitt and Adam Meunier, have over 50 Years of combined education and experience and are committed to providing you with the local quality representation you deserve throughout the process of obtaining Social Security disability benefits or SSI (Social Security Income).
We offer representation for parties looking to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in Baton Rouge. The initial acceptance rate for disability applications is considerably lower in Louisiana than in many other states, sitting at just below 65 percent. This means that you have a 35 percent chance of your application being rejected immediately, either due to a lack of sufficient evidence regarding your diagnosis or a technical problem with your application, such as missing or incorrect information. Our social security disability lawyers near Baton Rouge will work hard to ensure your application stands the best chance of being accepted. That includes taking steps such as:
While the process might seem straightforward, a single missed box or line could result in a technical denial. If your application is rejected, an appeal may be necessary. In the event that you’re facing an appeal, we can continue acting as your representatives throughout that process. This may involve gathering more information about your disability and financial information to give to the court in a second hearing. Fortunately, our licensed expert attorneys are highly adept at gathering and organizing information, taking much of the hassle out of the situation for you.
We also offer assistance with navigating the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) application. The application process is often complicated, but the denial of SSI benefits is on the rise, with between 40 and 70 percent of cases being dismissed after the first hearing, making it more difficult than ever before to gain an SSI award. In order to maximize your application’s chances of acceptance, we will help you throughout the process from beginning to end. Our SSI lawyers near Baton Rouge will help you gather evidence to establish both your financial needs and eligibility in order to build a strong case highlighting why you both need and deserve an SSI award and why you’re eligible, then stand beside you in court to ensure your side is being heard throughout each hearing.
We are lawyers, not advocates. While advocates are allowed to assist individuals throughout the SSDI and SSI application processes and are often paid as much as lawyers, they are not lawyers and cannot offer all of the same services. Each of our lawyers has completed law school and is licensed to practice law in Louisiana. Furthermore, while an advocate cannot stand beside you throughout court hearings, your lawyer from the Law Offices of Melanie Leavitt will be there at every hearing. We are local lawyers, and unlike advocates, we offer personalized representation throughout the entire process. You will meet us in person during your first consultation and work face-to-face with your representative from the initial meeting until we acquire your application's results.
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