Donald E. Bartholomew, JD, MS, Attorney  
( Maj,USA,Ret. & prior Navy)
Protecting Clients' Rights Since 1983
  1179 Hilltop Drive, Redding, CA 96003   Tel. (530)246-1621
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YouNeed A Skilled Lawyer

Yes, the combination of My Professional Education, Training, Professional Licensure & Professional Experience over many years Does Matter.  
           It matters very much!

    Over the past 46 years following high school ( Kaiserslautern American H.S., U.S.Forces, Germany), I've spent quite a few years becoming Professionally Educated, Professionally Trained, Licensed and Experienced -  all of which I put to good use every day in successfully representing disability claimants at all stages of the Social Security Disability claims process -  reconsideration of an initial denial, appeals, hearing before Administrative Law Judges, and post-hearing stages.
     I develop the evidence in your claim
, counsel you throughout the process to insure that you are obtaining the most appropriate medical and mental health care necessary to prove your disability.  I endeavor to make the best possible presentation of YOU and the evidence in your disability claim at each point in the process. My staff and I remain available to counsel you, even into the future after your case is won.
    There is no good reason for you to remain confused, worried, or improperly represented at any stage of this process.  The best chance for a successful claim is when I am retained to represent you early on, though many claimant's retain me after they have been struggling with their claim for many months, or when it becomes apparent to them that they are headed towards a hearing.  Don't wait !  There are many things you can unwittingly do to damage your claim from the time of the initial application process and thereafter.  The good folks at Social Security- yes, they are kind, helpful, nice and friendly, ..... but, they do not get awards or extra points for suggesting that you obtain a Social Security Disability Attorney. It makes no difference to them, or persons/advocates employed by the State, County or Federal government if you win or lose. They may be genuinely kind, and they may inadvertently (or deliberately) lull you into a sense of complacency, that "everything will work out", "your claim might be granted soon", "...things are moving along.... you should be patient...", "...maybe we'll find you to be disabled now, but we can't pay you any back benefits.... we just don't feel you have been 'disabled' for these past few years....",  etc . . .  or worse.

But..... Having a qualified, assertive Attorney, representing you early on and through the conclusion of your disability case, will cause the Social Security Administration to respect your rights and to ultimately award all of the back benefits to which you are entitled.  

You don't  need to continue to be confused or led on by the system...... You have important rights at stake.

      Don't get on board with an "out of area" attorney, unlicensed "advocate", "associate" or "rep", or "a firm" which spends much of their money on advertising & sending you generic emails to catch you and keep you on their hook (to make you believe that things are really moving along..... a computer generated email once each month does NOT mean they are doing anything at all to enhance the evidence in YOUR case).  

When you are heading into a hearing before a Social Security Administration Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), that is not the moment to first discover that the person (who you have never met before)  is NOT an Attorney, or is someone who is unfamiliar with your case !  
The Judges are Attorneys, and there are many very good reasons for why they are.

   This is definitely NOT how you should feel heading into a Hearing -   you nervously clinging to your unlicensed, "rep"  "advocate" or "associate", with inadequate evidence in your file, and with you unprepared .  .  .  .

    Don't hire anyone, any "company", "associate" or any "firm" to represent you who looks at your claim as "easy money", "low hanging fruit"(easy pickings) or sees you & your family as just another number, or "just another file"

                   Stop shooting blindly, in the wrong direction, at the wrong things . . . .
   ( ie. filling out their forms "on-line" & feeling like you've accomplished something especially meritorious...)

You may have just one shot to prove your disability claim,  Let's make it count !

Many times, taking the wrong shots, just to make noise - to provide the sensation that 'something is happening', to fill your claims file with paper, or filling in a form on-line ( because it is easier & quicker for an unlicensed "advocate" or unlicensed "associate" & easier for the people at Social Security ), may wreck your claim, and ultimately ruin the chances for a successful appeal following an unfavorable decision by a Judge.

    Please Call Me, Before You let anyone waste any more of your time, & Schedule your Face-to-face interview so I  can carefully review your disability claim                    (530) 246-1621 

           Be A Winner
"Your Social Security Lawyer" - Don Bartholomew,JD,MS,Attorney - Aggressively Serving My Clients Best Interests & Protecting My Clients' legal rights Since 1983