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Thanks for everything [Susan]. I really don’t know what I would have done without you. —Donna


I can’t count the times I’ve counted on you [Holly]. I just want to thank you for helping me. —Mary


Thank you so much for your warmth and support and the heartfelt concern that you show [Susan].—Melanie


Thank you for the hard work you put into my case [Holly]. —Dennis



If you are unable to hold down a regular job because of physical, mental or emotional problems or disabilities, you may be eligible to receive your Social Security benefits now.

It is common to be turned down when you first apply. But, do not be discouraged! Susan Chitwood Barton and Holly Fairbairn have helped thousands of people who were denied get the help they deserve.

Why do you need a lawyer? The laws and policies that govern Social Security would fill a room if all the pages were printed out. We work with those laws everyday and have learned the ins and outs of the program. Your chances of winning could improve as much as 50% by hiring an attorney, according to national statistics.

Is it expensive? We don’t get paid unless you win. In most cases, we can cover the costs involved, such as for ordering records, until you have your money in hand. And to meet with us is free.  Also, ask us about helping you with the application process. (To our knowledge, we're the only firm in WNC that will help you apply.)  If you are approved early, we charge a minimum fee which is much less than the maximum fee allowed.  Even if you are denied at an early stage, we learn sooner what we have to do to get you approved ultimately. The lower fee helps us because we have more happy clients spreading our good name, and we feel better knowing we have spared you the wait to be approved.

Why our firm and not the others? We have dedicated our careers to helping people win their Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid cases. Susan Chitwood Barton and Holly Fairbairn began practicing law in legal services offices, Susan in 1981 and Holly in 1997. For years, Susan and Holly have been winning Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid cases with thoughtful preparation, careful study, and concern for each client.  We have assembled a special staff—experienced paralegals and a former manager of Asheville’s Social Security office.  This team is unique!  We also "do things" a little differently:  an attorney reads every word of incoming medical, educational and vocational evidence, analyzing each in light of your case.  An attorney meets with you three times before your hearing (if you need one).  An attorney will conference with you (in office or on the phone) in the event you have a special complication arise in your case.  This attorney (either Susan Chitwood Barton or Holly Fairbairn) handles only Social Security cases, in order to be best informed on the impact of each piece of evidence.  Our paralegals handle important aspects of your case, but ask around, and please let us know if you find another Social Security practice where an attorney opens and reviews every piece of mail, every email, and every fax.  Having an attorney who reads the file (or a paralegal's summary of it) just prior to hearing is not the same, in our opinion.



Attorney Holly Fairbairn was granted this honor the first year it was available after her peers wrote in support of her expertise, she completed many hours of continuing legal education, and she passed an all-day examination. Congratulations!


We have recently been joined by Attorney Cindy Holman who is helping Disabled Veterans get the benefits they deserve. Cindy is a proud member of NOVA (National Organization of Veterans Advocates.  See our new page (link at top) for information about Veterans’ Disability appeals.

While we are based in Asheville, we cover all of Western North Carolina, including the areas around Hendersonville, Brevard, Waynesville, Sylva, Franklin, Burnsville, Spruce Pine, Marshall, Mars Hill, Bakersville, Weaverville, Asheville, Black Mountain, Candler, Old Fort, Marion, and Fairview. The counties we cover include: Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Macon, Swain, Jackson, Haywood, Henderson, Transylvania, Polk, Buncombe, Madison, Yancey, Mitchell, and McDowell.

Call us to schedule an appointment at no charge.