Frequently Asked Questions | Cook and Associates Attorneys at Law


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Disability Law

Will I have to pay a fee to my disability lawyer?

No out of pocket fees are paid to your attorneys. If you win your case, your lawyers are paid from the back pay you are owed by the Social Security Administration. Your lawyers are only paid a percentage that is set by the Administration, so you will never spend all of your rightful back pay on attorney’s fees. If you do not win your case, you will owe nothing.

I am still working, can I apply for disability benefits?

Even if you still have a job, you should talk to a disability attorney if you think that you will need to apply for benefits in the near future. Even though you can only be considered disabled if you have a condition that will prevent you from working for at least one year, your lawyer can help you prepare for this period out of work and help you maximize your benefits.

What do I need to prove that I am disabled?

Usually, medical records are ordered from your doctors so that the Social Security Administration can examine those records for how your medical condition affects you. Sometimes it’s necessary, though, to have a hearing in front of a judge in order to testify about how your activities are limited. You should not be afraid of a hearing with a caring and experienced attorney by your side.

I’ve received a denial letter from the Disability Determination Service, what should I do?

If you’ve been denied disability benefits, you should IMMEDIATELY seek the help of an experienced attorney. You only have 60 days to appeal the decision, and sometimes it can be difficult to coordinate getting all of the necessary information to your attorney that is needed to file the appeal. Don’t wait, call today!

Business Law

I want to open a business. Do I need a Business Attorney?

Business Law, also known as “Commercial Law,” refers to the body of law and areas of legal practice that regulate business entities and their legal rights, obligations, and conduct when engaged in commercial activities.

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I have questions about my legal status and might need help obtaining proper documentation. Can you help?

Amanda B. Cook is available to help you with all U.S. immigration matters.

To facilitate the communication process, we have translators readily available.

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Commercial Real Estate

Are there legal issues specific to commercial real estate that I should be concerned with?

Whether it’s a lease or a legal matter that has arisen over a previous agreement, we have the knowledge necessary to negotiate the deal or litigate commercial real estate issues for your best benefit.

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Intellectual Property

What protections are afforded under Intellectual Property law?

ntellectual Property Law includes trademark and copyright law, but is actually much more expansive than that.

In general terms, intellectual property is any product of the human intellect that the law protects from unauthorized use by others. The ownership of intellectual property inherently creates a limited monopoly in the protected property.

What is a Trademark?

A trademark is a word, slogan, symbol, design, or combination of these elements, which identifies and distinguishes the goods or services of one party from others. The word trademark, or trademark law, is frequently used generically to encompass similar identifiers of origin such as service marks, collective marks, certification marks, trade dress, and trade name.

What is Copyright?

Copyright is a legally enforceable property right that makes it possible for the holder of that right to profit from a work such as a book, song, or piece of visual art, for some examples.

It does this by preventing others from exploiting the work without the rights holder’s say so for a period of time. Copyright protects the expression of ideas but not the idea itself.

Contract Negotiation

Why Should I Outsource My Negotiations?

Getting what you need out of your agreements can be critical to the success of your business.

Sometimes it requires a trained negotiator with experience in contract law to hammer out the details while also protecting your interests and minimizing your risks.


Should I Ignore a Lawsuit?

There are time-sensitive steps which you should take immediately in order to protect yourself and your assets!

Ignoring a lawsuit will not make it go away, and not responding to a summons that you have received can result in a default judgment against you. Immediately contacting an attorney is the best way to avoid negative consequences.

Entertainment Law

What legal issues impact the entertainment industry?

Entertainment law generally encompasses industries involving motion pictures, television, music, publishing, and theater.

These industries have special economic and business considerations that involve nearly every area of law.

Libel & Slander

I have been defamed. Have my rights been violated?

Defamation (libel and slander) and privacy law relate to your right to maintain your integrity.

Environmental Law

What should I know about environmental regulations?

Most environmental cases arise from environmental regulatory action.