I am Kimberly MacDougall, a Social Security Claimant Representative whose goal is to provide professional, individualized and compassionate advocacy to individuals seeking disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.
I graduated from Adirondack High School in Boonville, NY in 1985, and I received my Bachelor's Degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 1990.
In 2005 I became eligible to receive direct fee payment through the Social Security Administration's Non-Attorney Demonstration Project. My level of education and experience in the field of Social Security Law qualified me to participate in the Non-Attorney Demonstration Project. I had to pass a rigorous exam on Social Security Law, and I am required to carry liability insurance and to obtain Continuing Education Credits on an ongoing basis in order to maintain my eligibility. I am not an employee of the Social Security Administration, but an independent representative.
I am a member of the National Association of Disability Representatives (www.NADR.org
), which is a professional group of Attorneys and Non-Attorneys who provide representation to Social Security Claimants.
I am also a member of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, an organization dedicated to protecting the Social Security and Medicare programs on which millions of Americans rely.
I have successfully represented literally hundreds of individuals seeking disability benefits since 2001.
I offer free consultations by telephone or by email. I can be reached at (315) 942-6883 or at NorthCountryAdvocate@gmail.com. I do leave the office for personal appointments with clients and for hearings, so if you reach an answering machine, please do not hesitate to leave a message. I return all calls within 24 hours or by the end of the next business day.
If you have questions about applying for disability benefits, or if you already have a claim pending, I will be happy to answer any of your questions whether or not you decide to hire me. I will never pressure you to retain my services.
I work on a contingent fee basis. That means I don't get paid unless you win your case. If you win, my fee is 25% of any retroactive benefits or $6,000.00, whichever is less. This is the standard fee that has been set forth by the Social Security Administration. Since I am registered with the SSA, the Social Security Administration pays me directly out of any back benefits that have been awarded.
Again, I can handle most questions right over the phone or by email. I am happy to provide you with advice whether or not you decide to retain my services. However, if you do choose to hire me, I am willing to travel to you for a face-to-face appointment, either in the comfort of your own home, or at a public location or your choosing. If you have an upcoming hearing, then I feel it is very important that I meet with you in person to prepare you to testify before the Administrative Law Judge.