Gerrard Law Offices

Gerrard Law Offices

Gerrard Law is dedicated to serving those who have had their social security disability application denied. Gerrard Law provides strong and compassionate legal representation, vigilant to the individual needs of each client.

Firm Overview

Gerrard Law is an office dedicated to serving those who have had their social security disability application denied.

Gerrard Law provides strong and compassionate legal representation, to the individual needs of each client. When a client does not understand why the application was denied, we go over the case and provide a strategy that meets his/her needs.



Fees


Free initial consultation. There is no fee unless we win. Social Security Regulations hold that an attorney receive 25% of retroactive disability benefits limited to $6,000, unless exceptional circumstances exist (more than one hearing). These extra circumstances must be pled and awarded by the court. Otherwise the standard fee arrangement applies.




Disability accommodations:

We will meet you at home or within your neighborhood.
Main Office
Gerrard Law
1791 Solano Avenue, Suite# F01
Berkeley  CA  94707-2209
Phone
  • 510-838-0529
Fax
Websites
Social Security Disability
We specialize in difficult cases, cases with children.
Josephine Gerrard, Attorney-at- Law:

Today it is not possible to know all medical, and legal dynamics as they apply to the social security system. However, I believe most applications are denied because they are not presented in the best light.


After working with disabilities for over 25 years I know how important it is to hold a positive place for all clients to discuss the progress of a case and to understand what is going on. I understand that disabilities are not always consistent and that it may take you energy to go over the disability or problem. This time can deplete you.

I respect that you are making an effort to support yourself. I do not require that you demonstrate how hard it is. I know how hard it is. It is my pledge to you that you are not a category but a person who exists in the context of society. You deserve respect and our firm is here to serve you.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Josephine Gerrard, Attorney at Law states:

After working for over 20 years as a disability advocate in the Bay area and experiencing the difficulty that a family goes through, often heroically, I saw first hand the need for effective legal representation. Financial support affects the entire family. When you are disabled and the system shuts down to your needs it's easy to become depressed or angry. A family that feels alone and isolated after being rejected again and again while attempting to navigate through the government systems needs immediate help.

Because social security is support from the government there is a set of bureaucratic loops. Years can pass before decisions are made.

This is understandably frustrating. I know that anxiety can decrease your ability to be your own advocate when in other circumstances you might be very effective. I keep you informed at every step of the way of the options available and what you can do. Knowledge decreases anxiety.


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What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

I see all disabilities as unique. I ensure that my clients know what is going on that is, we work as a team. Today it is not possible to know all medical, legal dynamics as they apply to the social security system. However, I believe most applications are denied because they are not presented in the best light.


I know how important it is that all clients have a positive attitude however easy or difficult the case is. Gerrard Law knows a client needs to discuss the progress of a case and to understand what is going on.

A client who is disabled is working against the grain to communicate easily. The time it takes can deplete you, particularly if you are making an effort to support yourself. Having an advocate can not only win your case but create room in your life to recover.

It is my pledge to you that you will not be treated a category but a person who exists in the context of society. You deserve respect and our firm is here to give you that in the way we serve you. This firm is one of advocacy based on knowledge.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Gerrard Law is a bulldog law firm. We do not give up. I see all disabilities as unique. I ensure that my clients know what is going on that is, we work as a team. Today it is not possible to know all medical, legal dynamics as they apply to the social security system. However, I believe most applications are denied because they are not presented in the best light.


We know how important it is that all clients have a positive attitude however easy or difficult the case is. Gerrard Law knows a client needs to discuss the progress of a case and to understand what is going on.

People with disabilities do not have consistent symptoms. It may take energy to go over the case often. The time it takes can deplete you, particularly if you are making an effort to support yourself. I know how hard it is. It is my pledge to you that you will not be treated a category but a person who exists in the context of society. You deserve respect and our firm is here to give you that in the way we serve you. This firm is one of advocacy based on knowledge.

Josephine Gerrard

License
  • Bar Number: 303221
    California
Education
  • UC Berkeley
    B.A.
    Political Science, Pre Law
  • San Francisco State University
    Masters of Arts
  • Golden Gate University
    JD , 1982
  • Cal State Northridge
    Masters of Science, Communicative Disorders , 2002

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