Yes, initial consultations are always 100% free
Contingent fee basis for Social Security cases - if your case is won, the attorney fee is 25% of your back-due benefits or $6,000 - whichever is less.
Clients can chose either contingent or hourly fees in most ERISA & PERA cases
Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Generally the answer is "no" because, as a practical matter, this is almost impossible to do. For example, the result in a Social Security case can effect the outcome in an ERISA case. Evidence in a Social Security case, if improperly submitted, can adversely effect the amount of benefits in an ERISA case. We often can "pick up" representation in a Social Security case when another law firm has failed to represent the Claimant properly, as long as we have time to fix prior mistakes and prepare for trial.
Mr. Noel and Mr. Krieger live, eat and breathe disability law and, because the firm's practice is limited, our best resource is usually one another. Outside of that, we attend continuing education to further this objective. We have faith in our staff who are highly trained in disability matters. We utilize our talented paralegals where appropriate. Attorneys always represent clients in hearings and trials, of course.
In Social Security cases we collaborate with SSA staffers to resolve cases. The opportunity may not happen in most cases, however. In ERISA and PERA disability cases, we encourage mediation and settlement where reasonable.
Yes. Mike Krieger was a Jefferson County board member of the metro area Scientific Cultural Facilities District (the SCFD) for 5 years. He has participated in numerous committees of the Colorado Bar Association, including an ethics committee and the Disability Bar Section, and is a member of the Faculty of Federal Advocates of the Colorado US District Court.
We limit our practice to disability law in the forums of Social Security, ERISA (Union and Employer) and PERA. No other firm in Colorado does this. We also believe our practice of handling your case is attentive to detail, evidence-based, and focused strictly on winning your case. For example, we have a unique "bank" of over 250 questionnaires, tailored to specific diseases, sensory losses, and mental health issues, which we send to treating doctors in order to develop written opinions, approved by your doctors. Our pre-trial preparation of your testimony is detailed and designed to anticipate the questions of your specific judge.
We encourage client education. We have a website designed for this purpose and also stand ready to answer their questions. We don't stop advising our clients after the case is won: we provide advice in the future regarding Medicare eligibility, Medicaid, "Aid to the Needy Disabled" benefits, OAP, Food Stamps and other state support programs and federal taxes on benefits, well after the hearing.
Yes. In fact, we encourage Client input, and many times will take letters written by Clients and edit them so that they become Affidavits, which can be placed in evidence for trial.
Generally the answer is no. For an hourly or flat fee, we have done this on some occasions. The problem is that many such clients damage the case on their own and then look to us to fix the mistakes when it is too late.
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