Posted by Nancy
I initially applied for disability w/a large national chain and then by myself, ultimately deciding I needed and wanted a local professional's help. After some research I set up and had an appointment w/ Peter Mcguire. From the minute I entered the office suite I was treated with respect by his staff and him but NOT with a snotty, demeaning attitude that I feel many lawyers can project. I felt that Mr. Mr. Mcguire listened carefully & heard all of the details of my work history & subsequent inability to work. He was professional and thorough yet respectful and kind...and for what it was worth, that he truly cared about me as a person. It was hard enough to be in the awful situation I was in: wanting and needing to work but no longer physically able to do so, 61 years old & unemployed after 40-some years....yet he allowed me to maintain my dignity & self respect, as did his paralegals and receptionist. They initiated the necessary paperwork & filing immediately, and regularly kept me up to date regarding my case. It's kind of a drawn out waiting game but whenever I called his office I was talked to with patience and my questions answered completely....even toward the end of the procedure, when I nervously called his paralegal Meghan with my fears & tears, over & over! Two days before my hearing with the administrative judge Peter met with me, prepared me for what to expect & calmed my nerves. Of course he was by my side at the hearing, which was a relief, also (I'm obviously not a fan of lawyers, judges or courtrooms!) Mr. Mcguire's office is not in a fancy building but is easy to find with plenty of free parking. I didn't need a lawyer in a building with a marble lobby or fancy waiting room; I got what I needed: an efficient, professional, pleasant, intelligent and sharp lawyer (and his staff) to guide me through this unpleasant-yet-necessary process so I could receive the benefits I'd been paying in to since I was 16 years old. I would certainly recommend Peter to anyone needing an attorney of this type. He was accessible, seemed to know the rules of the game well, handled me with professional respect and kindness and was pleasant to be around. All together, these traits made this process as positive as it could have been, and I thank Peter (and his staff) for their efforts on my behalf!
Posted by Gary
This lawyer said he would stick up for me and then turned his back on me. It was almost like he was working for the other side.
Posted by a Social Security client
Unfortunately I believed any lawyer representing disability clients would be doing so because they believed in their clients. After no contact from my attorney himself over one year period of time I realized it was about making money for doing nothing but filing paperwork which probably wasn't even done by him. He was nice when I first met him and then prior to the disability appeal hearing he was short with me, cutting me off, not giving me a chance to ask questions and wasn't as educated in the SSDI process as I expected him to be. Now going through the final stages after being approved I am finding out crucial things related to income I was receiving for some work I was doing that he should have told me that might create problems. Highly advise to avoid this attorney. Reading through the decision by the judge I can see he could have done much more for me because the decision was barely in my favor. Like having more recent medical records. I asked if he had any or needed them and he said no, only if I wanted to make my disability onset begin sooner. After reviewing the decision I can see it would have strengthened my case to have them. Bad advice from him.