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Social Security Disability

Why You Need an Attorney to Handle Your Disability Claim

Do you know what the abbreviations DDS, DLI, CDR, and ODAR stand for? If not and you have a Social Security Disability claim, then you need the services of an attorney experienced in Social Security Disability cases. Most claims for disability benefits (even claims which are ultimately approved) are denied at the first 2 stages of the process. The disability system is complicated. Moreover, many experienced disability attorneys believe the system, at least at the lower levels, is stacked against the claimant. Sam Jefcoat tends to agree with that school of thought.

How to Choose a GOOD Disability Attorney to Handle Your Case

Your selection of the appropriate attorney to handle your disability matter could be one of the most important choices you will ever make. The wrong attorney handling a disability case can have disastrous consequences for a claimant.

Do not assume that an attorney whose primary practice area is Personal Injury or Workers Compensation will be qualified to handle your disability case, just because all three practice areas involve medical records. To find out if an attorney really knows how to handle a disability case, ask questions that might help reveal the depth of the attorney's knowledge of Social Security Disability claims, such as "Can you explain the Virtual Screening Unit (VSU) to me?" or "How is my Date Last Insured (DLI) determined?" If the attorney cannot answer these questions without research, then you may not be talking to the right attorney for the job.

Similarly, inquire about the attorney's experience. Ask how long the attorney has practiced Social Security Disability law and at how many hearings has the attorney represented clients?

The one question not to ask is "What's your percentage of cases won?" or something similar. The reason this question is worthless is that almost all disability attorneys (Sam included) do not continue representing a client whose case does not have a reasonable chance of being approved.

Once all the evidence in a case has been assembled, a good disability attorney usually has an accurate professional opinion on whether a case can be won. A good disability attorney knows the value of his own reputation and does not want to damage that reputation by wasting a judge's time. Furthermore, attorneys only get paid an attorney's fee if the client is approved, so naturally the attorney is typically not going to continue to expend time, energy and money on a case that he does not think can be won. Clearly then, win-loss statistics can be misleading.

Why You Need Sam Jefcoat as Your Attorney to Handle Your Disability Case

Sam Jefcoat handles Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases at the following levels: Initial Application, Reconsideration, Hearing, and Appeals Council.  Sam also handles Continuing Disability Review (CDR) and Termination of Benefit cases.

Sam follows a systematic approach to the development and presentation of Social Security Disability cases. As a result, Sam has been successful in obtaining Social Security Disability benefits for hundreds of clients over the years.

Sam is a member of several professional organizations of disability law practitioners, including the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) and the National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR). These affiliations enable Sam to keep abreast of the latest developments in Social Security Disability law.

Likewise, Sam utilizes the latest technologies to ensure his clients' cases are handled in the most expeditious manner. The application of these technologies includes the filing of initial applications and appeals online, as well as electronic submission of correspondence, records and court filings to Social Security Administration (SSA) Field Offices, Disability Determination Services (DDS) offices, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) locations. Of course, all appropriate privacy practices are observed for both electronic and paper information.

As the old saying goes, "there is no substitute for experience." Through his many years of experience and the research and preparation involved in the development of each of his clients' cases, Sam has developed a familiarity with a long list of health conditions.

Sam handles disability cases for clients whose impairments include arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis); heart conditions (congestive heart failure, ischemic heart disease and angina); coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease; stroke, aneurysm, and traumatic brain injury; neurological and psychological conditions (depression, manic-depression or bipolar disorder, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, Tourette's syndrome, Parkinson's disease, dyskinesia and narcolepsy); orthopaedic, back and spinal cord injuries; diabetes and neuropathy; breathing conditions (asthma, emphysema, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)); essential hypertension (high blood pressure); obesity; kidney failure; liver disease and Cirrhosis; thyroid disease and Graves; Crohn's disease and colitis; lymphedema; hand disorders (carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger); learning and developmental disorders (mental retardation, attentive deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism,  and Asperger's syndrome); AIDS/HIV; cancer; visual impairment and blindness; fibromyalgia; chronic fatigue syndrome; and mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). 
Due to the recent diagnosis of a loved one with Lyme Disease, Sam has a particular expertise in Lyme Disease.   Sam is likely one of the few disability attorneys around with the depth of knowledge and understanding of just how Lyme Disease can make you feel, and the potentially disastrous long-term effects of Lyme Disease if left untreated.  If you have chronic Lyme Disease and are unable to work, don't you want someone representing you who knows the condition in and out?  (See our links page for Lyme Disease resources.)

This list of conditions is representative only and is not all-inclusive. Regardless of the nature of the health problem, Sam knows how to best present a case, taking into account a client's health conditions, age, educational achievement, and work background. Sam considers one of his primary roles in representing disability clients to be making even the most complex case easy to understand (thereby making it easy for a judge to approve the claim and award benefits).

Sam takes disability cases for clients living throughout South Carolina. Counties served are as follows: Abbeville, Aiken, Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenville, Greenwood, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Orangeburg, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union, Williamsburg, and York. For clients who have mobility problems, transportation issues, or live outside Newberry County, Sam will gladly come to your home or another location of your choosing.

As his disability practice has grown and developed, Sam now handles disability cases throughout the United States: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. .

If you have a Social Security Disability or SSI claim and need legal representation, please contact us for a free consultation regarding your case. Social Security Disability cases are handled on a contingency fee basis.

Social Security Disability - Real Estate - Estate Planning - Probate - Business Formation - Family Law

Real Estate

In today's world, real estate is often the most valuable asset of a family. You need an experienced real estate attorney to help you navigate the sale or purchase of a significant investment.

Sam Jefcoat has practiced real estate law all his legal career. Sam handles closings big and small, from vacant lots to small starter homes to multi-million dollar commercial properties. Of course, Sam also handles closings for refinances and equity lines.

Real estate law sometimes involves going to court. Sam is well-versed in resolving title defects resulting from unadministered estates (i.e., "heir property"). Sam also has a wealth of experience with partition lawsuits (cases in which there are multiple owners of real estate and agreement cannot be reached regarding its division or disposition).

Sam is an agent for WFG National Title Insurance Company. If you are contemplating the sale, purchase, or refinance of real estate in the midlands or upstate of South Carolina and need legal representation, please contact us for a free consultation.

Social Security Disability - Real Estate - Estate Planning - Probate - Business Formation - Family Law

Estate Planning

Someone once said "Death and Taxes are Inevitable." Like it or not, there is truth to the adage. That said, taxes can often be minimized, and what happens after your death can often be directed, with proper estate planning.

Sam Jefcoat has extensive experience with estate planning. Sam will meet with you, assess your estate planning needs, and make recommendations regarding your planning.

Your situation may be addressed by what Sam considers to be a "standard" estate plan consisting of a Last Will and Testament, Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Power of Attorney, and Declaration of a Desire for a Natural Death (Living Will).

Your needs may be more adequately addressed by a Revocable Trust Agreement (also known as a Living Trust).

You may need to transfer assets by means of deeds (including life estate deeds).

Regardless of your estate planning needs, Sam is well versed in the proper preparation of a wide variety of estate planning techniques. If you are considering estate planning and need legal representation, please contact us for a free consultation.

Social Security Disability - Real Estate - Estate Planning - Probate - Business Formation - Family Law


The death of a loved one can be a trying time in many ways. Often, the skills and expertise of a lawyer are necessary for the administration of an estate.

Since 1993, Sam Jefcoat has handled the probate of countless estates, both big and small. Regardless of the size of the estate, Sam's handling of the estate includes making sure all assets are properly accounted for and distributed according to law, all required paperwork is filed with the probate court, and all required tax returns filed.

Frequently, Medicaid files a claim in an estate to attempt to recover amounts paid for a deceased individual's nursing home care. There are procedures which can reduce or even eliminate these Medicaid claims.

Sometimes, "probate" law involves living people and not the dead. If an individual has not prepared a power of attorney, then it may be necessary to bring a Conservatorship and/or Guardianship proceeding in the event the individual becomes incapacitated.

No matter the nature of your particular probate issue, if you are in need of a probate attorney, please contact us for a free consultation.

Social Security Disability - Real Estate - Estate Planning - Probate - Business Formation - Family Law

Business Formation

Are you thinking of going into business? Has your CPA told you need to incorporate? Confused about whether you need a "S Corporation" or an LLC? If so, then you may need an attorney trained in the formation of business entities.

Sam Jefcoat works closely with tax preparers and other advisors to guide clients on the proper choice of business entity, and then prepares the necessary documents.

Please contact us for a free consultation.

Social Security Disability - Real Estate - Estate Planning - Probate - Business Formation - Family Law

Family Law

Divorce… Custody and Visitation… Child Support… Alimony… Words that frequently make a person's skin crawl in distaste.

Almost everyone has experienced the fallout of a marital breakup, either directly or indirectly. Anyone dealing with a family court issue should have a good family court attorney.

Sam Jefcoat has years of experience in family court and is Board Certified as a Family Court Mediator. Sam frequently serves as guardian ad litem in private custody cases. Sam also handles adoptions, a much more pleasant side of family court.

Sam now takes family court cases on a limited basis. If you are in need of family court representation, please contact us. If Sam's caseload at that point does not allow for adequate time to devote to your case, we will be happy to make a referral for you.

Social Security Disability - Real Estate - Estate Planning - Probate - Business Formation - Family Law

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