CINDY LANCASTER 
NON-ATTORNEY REPRESENTATIVE
ENGLISH / ESPAÑOL

Cell / Text (325) 248-3450

Fax (325) 268-5252

Navigators Advocacy Service
P.O. Box 1717
Kingsland TX 78639

Carlsbad NM by appointment

NAVIGATORS ADVOCACY SERVICE

Social Security Disability Benefits Advocate

About

Cindy Lancaster is a Non-Attorney Representative for Social Security Disability Benefits Claims.  She is qualified as an EDPNA through the Social Security Administration.  

If you feel you can not work due to medical conditions that are expected to last one year or result in death, it may be time to consider filing a claim. 

 

Each Social Security Disability Claim is unique and must meet the strict Social Security Administration requirements to be found disabled.  

We at Navigators Advocacy Service personally manage your claim and will represent you before the Office of Adjudication and Review if your claim goes to a hearing.

Read more from the Social Security Administration on filing for disability.

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS

 Navigators Advocacy Service will help you from the initial application level to a scheduled hearing.  Your representative can play a major role gathering personal information, birth dates, medical records, work history and other information.  You may be required to provide financial records for the Social Security Administration.  
  

APPLICATION PROCESS

Social Security Law and Disability

The Social  Security Administration's standards must be met to qualify for benefits. 


The Social Security Administration (SSA) that processes applications is known to be tough on applicants and can be extremely difficult to work with.  
 
     Navigators Advocacy Service will submit your initial application, file a request for reconsideration and should it be necessary file a request for a hearing and  represent your case before a federal judge.

 

     Application Errors

 
Errors will create erroneous applications or  can cost the claimant time.  You will want to make sure your Social Security Disability Benefits Application is complete and accurately reflects your condition. Failure to complete the application properly can mean starting the process all over again, delaying benefits for months!

The 5 Step Sequential Evaluation

The Social Security Administration Process for Assessing Disability are evaluated in order:

WHAT DOES A SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY REPRESENTATIVE DO?

STEP 1

Is the claimant working at SGA (Substantial Gainful Activity)? The SGA amount for a non-blind person is $1180 and a statutory blind person is $1970. If no,

A Representative Supports Your Claim

  • A representative will determine what needs to be proven to win your Social Security Disability Benefits  by supporting your case with necessary evidence.  Some specific tasks are: 

  • Obtain reports from treating doctors that are consistent with Social Security regulations. 

  • Refer claimants to medical providers or specialists.  

  • Obtain medical records, school records or testimonial letters.

  • Consult with the claimant during the application period.

  • Provide Functional Capacity Forms.

  • Reopen a prior application.

  • Prepare a claimant to testify at a hearing.

  • Submit a written summary known as a Hearing Brief of the evidence and argument.

  • If the claimant wins, assures SSA calculated benefits correctly and that back pay is dispersed.

Navigators Advocacy Service is committed to answering your questions.  Please contact us.

This website is for informational purposes only.  The information on this website should not be interpreted as legal advice.  Contacting us does not create a client-advocate relationship.  Please do not send any confidential information until a client-advocate relationship has been established in writing.  Thank you for considering Navigators Advocacy Service.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

Your initial contact with the office will be with trained case managers that will obtain important information for the representative. Then they will schedule a free consultation appointment.   There is  no fee during the claimant's application process . 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Normally, there are no cost during the application process.

If a claimant is awarded disability benefits, the Social Security Administration determines the representative's fees from the claimants backpay.  Currently, this is 25% of the backpay benefits with a maximum amount of

$6000.00.  

HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TAKE?

On a national average, the initial determination is usually within a 120 day period. The reconsideration determination is made approximately within a 90 day period. Once you have reached the hearing level the average time frame is 530 days.  If you appeal, the judge's decision it could take another 220 days.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SSDI AND SSI

Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are "insured," meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.

Supplemental Security Income pays benefits based on financial need.