Social Security Disability Attorney Santa Rosa

Fore more than 40 years, we have helped residents of Santa Rosa get the Social Security Disability benefits they deserve

Residents of Santa Rosa qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits

If you or a family member in Santa Rosa is grappling with a disability affecting employment, you may qualify for benefits through the Social Security Administration. These benefits include Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), each with specific eligibility criteria. For disabled residents of Santa Rosa seeking assistance, it’s crucial to seek help from an experienced SSDI/SSI attorney. The legal team at The LaPorte Law Firm is dedicated to guiding you through a comprehensive and accurate application process, recognizing the potential challenges, such as initial denials from the Santa Rosa Social Security Administration office. Count on us to offer support, evaluate your case, and determine the most effective approach to securing the benefits you’re entitled to.

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How to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits in Santa Rosa, CA

When seeking Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) in Santa Rosa, CA, it’s imperative to adhere to several vital steps. Start by verifying your eligibility, demonstrating that your disability significantly hinders substantial employment for at least 12 months. Gather essential documentation, including medical records and employment history. Next, you can either complete the application online through the official Social Security Administration website or arrange an in-person appointment at the Santa Rosa Social Security office. For personalized support and increased chances of success, consider seeking advice from a social security disability attorney. Upon submission, patiently await a decision, and if denied, exercise your right to appeal. Stay abreast of your application status, respond promptly to any requests, and attend additional medical examinations if required. Professional assistance can greatly assist in navigating the complexities of the SSDI application process and improving the likelihood of a positive outcome.

Where is the Santa Rosa
Social Security Office located ?

The Santa Rosa Social Security Office is located at 2099 Range Ave Building A, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

What are the timings of the
Santa Rosa Social Security Office?

Opening times:

Office will be closed on the federal holidays.

What services can you apply for at the Santa Rosa Social Security Office ?

Your local social security office usually provides such services as:

Where is the Santa Rosa Social Security Hearing Office located ?

People who live in Santa Rosa will have their hearing in San Rafael. The San Rafael Social Security Hearing Office is located at Suite 230, 4040 Civic Center Drive San Rafael, CA 94903 

Opening times:

Office will be closed on the federal holidays.

Social Security Disability Lawyers and Legal Specialists in Santa Rosa, CA

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Terry LaPorte

Since receiving his JD from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1979, Terry LaPorte has dedicated his legal career to representing individuals in Social Security Disability claims and appeals. In 1982, he established LaPorte Law Firm in Northern California, specializing in Social Security Disability law. For over 40 years, Terry and the LaPorte Law Firm team have successfully represented thousands of clients in California and the Western States.

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Kevin LaPorte

Kevin LaPorte received his JD from the University of San Francisco Law School where he was also awarded an International and Comparative Law Certificate with Honors. He is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, where he has received specialized training in Social Security Disability Law.

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Kelsey LaPorte

Kelsey LaPorte is a zealous advocate for her clients, committed to helping them obtain the benefits they deserve while guiding them through a time in which they adjust to the effects of their disability on their daily life. With specialized expertise in appeals, she has demonstrated success in appeals to both the Social Security Appeal Council as well as federal lawsuits against the Social Security Administration.

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Maria Miranda-Hammon

Maria Miranda-Hammon has decades of experience as a Legal Specialist, representing clients since 1994. She is an experienced and dedicated Social Security legal representative who is deeply committed to achieving a successful outcome for every client. Maria specializes in the representation of claimants with SSI and SSA disability claims and appeals at Social Security hearing offices and district offices.

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How a Santa Rosa Disability Lawyer can increase your chance of obtaining your benefits

When applying for Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) in Santa Rosa, CA, it’s crucial to follow several key steps. Begin by confirming your eligibility, demonstrating that your disability inhibits substantial employment for at least 12 months. Gather essential documentation, such as medical records and employment history. You can then proceed to submit your application online via the official Social Security Administration website or arrange an in-person appointment at the Santa Rosa Social Security office. For personalized assistance and a higher chance of success, consider seeking guidance from a social security disability attorney. Following submission, patiently await a decision, and if denied, exercise your right to appeal. Keep track of your application status, respond promptly to any requests, and attend additional medical examinations if necessary. Seeking professional help can significantly aid in navigating the complexities of the SSDI application process and improve the likelihood of a favorable outcome.

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How much does a Social Security Disability Lawyer in Santa Rosa cost ?

The expenses associated with hiring a Social Security Disability attorney in Santa Rosa can vary, typically based on a contingency fee arrangement. Under this setup, lawyers only receive payment if they successfully handle your case, usually taking a percentage of the retroactive benefits you receive. The Social Security Administration (SSA) regulates attorney fees, capping them at 25% of your past-due benefits or $7,200, whichever is lower.

At LaPorte Law Firm, we offer complimentary initial consultations, allowing you to discuss your case and fee structure before committing. For detailed information regarding the fees charged by our Disability Attorneys in Santa Rosa, you can refer to this page

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“LaPorte Law Firm was wonderful to work with. They took a very stressful process and turned it into a positive experience by making me feel listened to and understood. They stood by me and were extremely supportive every step of the way. I would highly recommend them to anyone.”

Donna Green 

Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability Application or Appeal in Santa Rosa

While it is true that the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies many of the claims submitted, it is also true that you can win your case the first time you apply. The best way to achieve success the first time is to know exactly what you are doing, or retain a Social Security Disability attorney who does. LaPorte Law Firm has disability lawyers with decades of experience who can fill this role. We handle hundreds of disability claims each year, and most of them are successful the first time we try.
Attorney’s fees are 25% of the first retroactive payment to you by the SSA; however, the fee is capped at US$7,200 regardless of the amount of money you are owed by the SSA. There is no ongoing fee after you win your case. Because the SSA can take several years to adjudicate a disability claim, disability claimants are often entitled to a large check for retroactive benefits for the period in which they were waiting for their claim to be decided. Our fees automatically come out of that first retroactive check, so our clients never have to pay us directly.
No, there are no ongoing fees after your case has been approved. Once the attorney has received their portion of the back pay benefits, no additional fees are required.
If your application is rejected on your first attempt, as is the case for many first-time applicants, you should seek legal counsel as soon as possible. An appeal must be filed using the proper forms within 60 days of the date of the denial decision. Your chances of winning an appeal are greatly enhanced by retaining a firm that specializes in Social Security law.

The monthly amount you will receive depends on factors such as age, past earnings, and type of benefit. The law allows retroactive pay up to 12 months prior to the month of a disability application. To get a better idea of your situation, it is advisable to consult the SSA’s benefit calculator.

SSDI is a disability insurance program financed by your Social Security paycheck deductions. Unless prohibited by your age, you must have worked a total of 10 years (40 quarters), 5 of which must be within the last 10 years (20 of the last 40 quarters). In order to be eligible for SSDI benefits, you must have earned FICA-taxed wages during this work period.

For Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, no work time is required at all. There are, however, limits to eligibility based on how much property you own or money you have in the bank, as the SSI program is aimed at individuals who lack income or resources and are disabled. Benefits are paid as a flat rate, and the amount may be reduced if you receive any money or assistance from any source.

With both SSI and SSDI, you must be found disabled. The SSA oversees both programs and defines disability as being unable to perform any “substantial gainful activity.”

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With over 40 years of service, LaPorte Law Firm has won thousands of claims and appeals for our clients.

Kevin is a wonderful attorney. He helped me win my case and stuck with me through it all. I truly appreciate everything he did for me, and strongly recommend his services to anyone going through a hard time trying to obtain their benefits. He is your guy!

Shirley Etter

I was very down on my luck and got an appointment set up with LaPorte Law Firm. The lawyers were straight shooters. I appreciate them being very generous with their time and preparing me for the worst-case scenario. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone serious about their court case.

Eyez V.

Emeryville, CA

Terry LaPorte is the best. When I was looking for a referral, every knowledgeable attorney referred me to Terry (and only Terry). He worked hard for me, was an excellent advocate, and I completely trust his judgment. He is a kind and decent man, too. I’m grateful I found him.

Sam H.

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Terry LaPorte

Attorney

Since receiving his JD from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1979, Terry LaPorte has dedicated his legal career to representing individuals in Social Security Disability claims and appeals. In 1982, he established the LaPorte Law Firm in Northern California, specializing in Social Security Disability law. For over 40 years, Terry and the LaPorte Law Firm team have successfully represented thousands of clients in California and the Western States.

Throughout his career, Terry has continued to develop his expertise in various ways, such as attaining the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification and serving on the Board of Examiners of the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, a provider attorney to the American Association of Retired Persons, and a seven-time Chair of the Social Security section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. In addition, he has served as a lecturer on disability law for the Continuing Education Program of the California Bar Association and for many community, legal, and support organizations.

Terry has received numerous awards and recognition for his commitment to individuals with disabilities and others in need in our community, including:

  • The Santa Clara County Bar Association Pro Bono Services Award
  • The Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers Association Community Service Award
  • The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley’s Philip J. Berelson Award for Generous Philanthropy
  • Chapter Programs Partner of the Year and Social Security Attorney of the Year by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Client Distinction Award by Martindale-Hubbell and Lawyers.com (fewer than 4% of over 900,000 attorneys listed on Martindale.com and Lawyers.com have been awarded this distinction)
  • Acknowledgement of dedication to the disabled by the California State Bar’s Consumer Business Review, the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and the Pro Bono Project of Santa Clara County
  • Named a top Northern California attorney in Super Lawyers
  • Certificate of Recognition from the California State Assembly

Terry is licensed to practice in the State of California and the Northern District Federal Court.

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Kevin LaPorte

Attorney

Kevin LaPorte received his JD from the University of San Francisco Law School where he was also awarded an International and Comparative Law Certificate with Honors. He is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, where he has received specialized training in Social Security Disability Law.

Before joining LaPorte Law Firm, Kevin’s practice focused on international criminal law and human rights, such as serving as Assistant Attorney to the International Civil Parties in the trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia. This trial was conducted as a joint enterprise between the United Nations and the Cambodian government, and involved the drafting of closing statements in the historical trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders, along with conducting fact gathering missions for the crime of genocide. He also worked for the United Nations in The Hague, Netherlands, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which involved the criminal trial of a former general accused of genocide and war crimes.

Kevin’s experience helping victims of human rights abuses inspired him to assist individuals closer to home who are suffering from disabling illnesses and injuries. With his background in human rights law, he has gained a unique perspective in representing clients whose disabilities prevent them from being able to work. His practice now focuses on representing clients in Northern California in the Social Security Disability claims and appeals process. He was also named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2022.

Kevin is licensed to practice in the State of California and the Northern District Federal Court. Kevin LaPorte is also a member of the Alameda County Bar Association.

Kevin is also the main contributor to our blog, writing new articles every month on SSDI and SSI-related topics that you can consult for free here.

Kevin also contributes to other major online publications, like this Bloomberg article on SSDI and long Covid, thanks to his extensive experience as a Social Security Disability attorney

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Kelsey LaPorte

Attorney

Kelsey LaPorte is a zealous advocate for her clients, committed to helping them obtain the benefits they deserve while guiding them through a time in which they adjust to the effects of their disability on their daily life. With specialized expertise in appeals, she has demonstrated success in appeals to both the Social Security Appeal Council as well as federal lawsuits against the Social Security Administration.

Kelsey is a cum laude graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law with experience in appellate work with the Northern California Innocence Project and the California Public Defenders Office. As a graduate of the Center for Social Justice and Public Service at Santa Clara Law, she is committed to public service and has contributed to the Bay Area community by working on expungement petitions at the Santa Clara Public Defender’s office.

Kelsey is licensed to practice in the State of California and the Northern District Federal Court.

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Maria Miranda-Hammon

Legal Representative

Maria Miranda-Hammon has decades of experience as a Legal Specialist, representing clients since 1994. She is an experienced and dedicated Social Security legal representative who is deeply committed to achieving a successful outcome for every client. Maria specializes in the representation of claimants with SSI and SSA disability claims and appeals at Social Security hearing offices and district offices. She continues to expand her knowledge and experience through research and seminars offered by the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, and the Annual 9th Circuit Conference for Experienced Social Security Practitioners.

With her vast litigation support experience and electronic filing software expertise, Maria’s assistance in preparing documentation presentations and conference materials is an invaluable asset to the firm. With a fully integrated bicultural background, she has represented many monolingual Spanish-speaking claimants.

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