Social Security Benefits

At the law firm of K² Legal Services, we understand that your Social Security Disability claim (SSDI or SSI) is vital to you and your family. Whether you are applying for the first time or have been denied once, twice or more, we are ready to provide zealous legal representation to help you win the benefits that you need and deserve. Kelli Espaillat is our local attorney with a law office in Charlotte, North Carolina. She will go with you to the hearing. She will sit beside you in front of the judge. She will not send someone else from our office to do her job.


The Social Security Disability Requirements

To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must have severe health problems that prevent you from performing any of the jobs you have held in the past fifteen years. In addition, your health problems must prevent you from performing any other full-time job, taking into account your age, education, and work experience. Social Security does not pay benefits for short periods of disability. In order for you to qualify for benefits, your disability must last or be expected to last at least twelve continuous months.

The Social Security Application and Appeals Process

The first step is to file an application for benefits. This can be done on the internet at If you prefer not to use the internet, you can call the Social Security toll free number (800-772-1213) to get the process started. It usually takes four months or more to get an initial decision on your application. Social Security denies about two out of three applications at this point in the process. If your application for benefits is denied, you have only 60 days in which to file an appeal. This 60-day deadline is applicable at every step in the appeals process–request for reconsideration, request for hearing, request for review by the Appeals Council, and filing suit in United States District Court.

If Your Application is Denied, Contact Our Firm Immediately

In a free initial conference, Kelli will listen carefully to make sure she understands all the facts in your case. She will answer your questions and clearly explain your options. If we are able to help with your case, she will handle it personally rather than turning it over to a non-attorney paralegal or legal assistant.


We understand the financial and emotional hardship of having a painful, debilitating illness or injury that forces you to stop working. As your attorney, we will represent your case on a contingency basis. That means that we do not charge an attorney fee unless you win your case and obtain the back benefits that you need and deserve.

Like all disability lawyers, our attorney fee is regulated by the Social Security Administration (SSA). That means we cannot charge an attorney fee without the approval of the SSA. Our fee agreement complies with all federal guidelines.

If your claim is approved, our fee is limited to 25 percent of your past-due benefits, up to a maximum of $6,000. I am paid only out of your past-due benefits (back pay). If your claim is not approved, there is no attorney fee. You may be responsible for the out of pocket cost of providing medical records to the Administrative Law Judge.