Law Office of Helen R. Zane

Multiple offices serving the SF Bay Area, Sacramento/Stockton, Yuba City/Marysville, Chico/Redding, Grass Valley/Nevada City. Strong and Caring Legal Help for Social Security Disability Claims. We Fight to Win!

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Firm Overview

I focus solely on Social Security Disability law: Supplemental Security Income/SSI, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Over-Age-50 disability claims. I work with clients across all stages of the process, from initial application through the entire appeals process.

Example cases

Every case and every client is different and must be treated uniquely — no one or two examples are going to relate to another persons personal circumstance. Individualized service and attention is what my staff and I achieve. I work cases across the spectrum: Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, Sense and Speech, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Genitourinary, Hematological, Skin, Endocrine, Neurological, Mental, Multiple Body Systems, Malignant Neoplastic diseases and Immune System disorders.

Main Office

MULTIPLE OFFICES SERVING NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
1300 Clay Street, Suite 600
Oakland  CA  94612

Phone
  • (510) 957-0100
Fax
  • (510) 957-0290

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, free of charge. Between 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the situation.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

There are no legal fees unless we win. We represent individuals only on a contingency basis, charging no more than 25% of past due benefits, not to exceed $6,000, in winning a client's case at the administrative level. This contractual agreement is consistent with the Federal Social Security statute regulating attorney fees. Initial consultations with the attorney is part of the contingency nature of the contract.

Hourly Rates

N/A

Office Information

Office Hours

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, by appointment only. Please call before coming in.

Emergency After Hours

No

Other Offices

  • Satellite Offices that serve the SF Bay Area, Sacramento, Stockton, Solano, Yuba, Sutter, Butte, Nevada Counties

    Satellite Offices that serve the SF Bay Area, Sacramento, Stockton, Solano, Yuba, Sutter, Butte, Nevada Counties
SSDI
Strong and Caring Legal Help from a Local Attorney.
I focus solely on Social Security Disability law: Supplemental Security Income/SSI, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI/DIB), Over-Age-50 Disability claims. I work with client across all stages of the process; from initial application through all levels of appeal.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Because the Social Security appeals process is both complicated and precise, it's not possible for me to work only one discrete part of a case, because that "discrete part" may have implications for the entire case.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

I'm a solo practitioner, so I work personally and directly with all of my clients. My paralegal assists me so that I have more time to spend with my clients and more time to develop winning legal strategies. My paralegal also works directly with my clients to make sure that nothing falls through the cracks and everything moves smoothly. You will find that my staff and I make the best efforts to ensure that you will get excellent and personal legal representation.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

N/A

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

Yes.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

I provide strong and caring legal help for my Social Security Disability clients. I understand how difficult and frustrating the process can be — and I treat all of my clients with compassion and respect. I am local and I work solely on Social Security Disability cases.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe it's important for the client to educate themselves, but it's more important for the attorney to assist their clients in the learning process.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I review all documents for new and existing clients to ensure that they are correct, adhere to Social Security regulations, and provide the legal basis for winning disability benefits. I'm afraid that I'm not able to review documents for individuals that are not my clients.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

The Social Security process is complicated and driven by a set of precise government laws and regulations, so we generally don't encourage clients to represent themselves. Please think twice and call me before you consider going it alone - we're happy to speak with you to help you make this decision and understand the implications.

Helen Zane

I first became interested in Social Security Disability law in the early 1990's from my own experience having had a temporary illness, and having had to apply for Social Security disability benefits. It's the reason why I eventually became a disability attorney, and it's the reason why I only work on Social Security cases. I've seen the process from both sides, as a claimant and as an attorney, and I know how frustrating it can be. I also know, personally, what it takes to win a disability claim.

I'm a solo practitioner, so I work personally and directly with all of my clients. My paralegal assists me so that I have more time to spend with my clients and more time to develop winning legal strategies. My paralegal also works directly with my clients to make sure that nothing falls through the cracks and everything moves smoothly. You will find that my staff and I make the best efforts to ensure that you will get excellent and personal legal representation.

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