Representation and legal counsel before the Social Security Administration,

Veterans Administration, and for those considering early retirement due to health concerns.         

Chitwood and Fairbairn, P.A.


Call us for a free consultation: (828) 252-0492 or (800) 495-0492.


Is it expensive?

Why our firm and not the others?


I just think you're the best [Holly]

 -a mental health service provider 

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 disability benefits now. It is common to be turned down when you first apply. But, do not be discouraged! Attorneys Susan Chitwood Barton and Holly Fairbairn have helped thousands of people get the help they deserve with Social Security.Likewise, if you have been denied TDIU by the VA, Attorney Cindy Holman has the experience and the expertise to win your VA case at Decision Review, with the BVA, and with the Court.

If I ever have a chance to refer someone for disability, it will be to you [Susan]! -Rita

What you have done for me, your involvement in my case...has changed my life. Thank you. [Cindy]-John


 Why do you need a lawyer?

We don't get paid until and unless you are approved. In most cases, we can even cover your costs until you have your money in hand. In SSD/SSI claims, ask us about helping you to apply. (To our knowledge, we're the only firm in WNC that will help you apply.)  If you are approved early, we charge a reduced minimum fee.  Even if you are denied, we learn sooner what we have to do to get you approved. That 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.


Also, if you have a claim for Long Term Disability, our payment does not come from your backpay or your pocket; our services are as free as the "non-attorney representatives" that your LTD company found for you​ in Indiana or some other faraway place .

For years, we have been winning Social Security, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans' claims 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 page 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 that you have a special complication arise in your case.  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) prior to hearing is not the same, in our opinion.   

The laws and policies that govern Social Security and VA claims would fill a room if all the pages were printed out. Just the policy manual for SSA is over 20,000 pages long. We work with these laws and policies every day and have learned the ins and outs of the programs. Your chances of approval could improve as much as 50% by hiring an attorney, according to national statustics. We have also found that a local lawyer makes a difference for SSA claims. Certainly, if you are coordinating benefits, such as short- and long-term disability, workers compensation, federal pensions, retirement, and the timing related to those, you should consult with an experienced attorney.