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OK...I'm on it.As I said before the Model rules on advertising for attorneys make it make it little hard to do research based on track record.This IS purely an SSDI issue, so the attorneys I showed you should all be qualified.(The first listing under the disability secrets listing looks very promising Here's their site: http://ssdisabilityapplication.com/)http://lawyers.findlaw.com/lawyer/practicestate/social-security-disability/floridahttp://www.nolo.com/lawyers/social-security-disability/floridahttp://www.disabilitysecrets.com/florida.htmlAnd again, it's really quite clear even from (1) the synopsis from Social Security, AND (2) the Internal Revenue Code regarding what constitutes a capital asset TOGETHER, that ...(1) Investment income and capital gains are not earned income, and(2) If you sell you intellectual property outright (rather than licensing) it will be treated as a capital gain.Hi, I'm going to edit my response regarding track record of attorneys (as we may have discussed, I am in my final semester of law school (I am CFP, have been providing SS, SSDI, investment and tax advice to clients, my retirement plan participants, CPAs and attorneys for 28 years) and I thought I would make a call on this to a professor of mine who is published, has a private practice that deals in elder law and estate and social security planning, and of course teaches.
She made an interesting point ... Looking simply for wins or losses (if you will) IF it were published in a database somewhere can be very misleading. Here's why:
FIRST, WINNING a CASE and LOSING a case almost never tells the whole story. A client can expect a decision that would generate $100,000 liability and then end up actually going to trial because the other side is asking for $350,000 but, in the end, the jury only awards the plaintiff $25000... that's a huge win.
SECOND, many attorneys are cherry pickers ... they simply don't take cases they can't win. On paper they look excellent, BUT when challenged with a really ambiguous or difficult case, they either won't take it OR will use their reputation to bill hourly so they get their high fees, regardless of the outcome on a really large case, every so often. She said that, in her experience, (and this made me think about some similarities I've seen with clients) attorneys who don't take risks rarely lose - and you don't want to be one of the few.
The listings above give an excellent place to start, because these are the attorneys that specialize in the area you need .. and looking at their web sites, and giving them a call from there is probably the best way to see who can help you most.
AND FINALLY, I re-post an excellent post from one of our attorneys here ... Here is an excellent way to pin down the attorney that's right for you:
First, check with the FL state bar to see if they have any discipline issues (censure, suspension, etc.)
Next, Ask this person how many trials they've actually seen all the way through to a verdict, and
Finally, ask for al least two professional references from other attorneys, at DIFFERENT FIRMS (and don't take a reference from a client or anyone else that's not an attorney) - if the lawyer can't get a good reference from ANOTHER lawyer, THAT tells you something.
I will keep looking for anything I think you can use, however, on ALL fronts.Lane
I have called around a dozen Social Security Law Firms. They make big money to get people on SSDI, but they don't even want other cases. That is why I switched to looking for Tax Attorneys who had gone to court on SSDI cases. I still do not have leads to any such Tax Attorney people in Florida do I? Or am I misreading it?
Ok. Very good. Thank you.
I will check periodically for the answer as I am able. Thanks.
that is a good lead. You said, "I'll keep throwing some at you..." so I am to wait for more? Right? Did not see that as a tax lawyer he has done any SSDI courtroom work. Maybe no one has. Thank you.
Lane, thank you. I will give him a call this week. How can I find you to get back to you if I need to keep going with this more later? Do you have a certain URL on here?
For Lane only. I guess I have to do that elsewhere than here? I want it to go into the question and rating.
I have a teleconference with him 1 week from today. Thank you.
I am happy to release the deposit I have in the system "for lane only" now if that is appropriate. I do not yet understand the new JustAnswers system, as it has changed from before. Let me know what to do.