Disability Insurance Tips for Financial Advisors and Planners

If you work as a financial advisor and are struggling with an illness, injury, or other disabling condition that is affecting your ability to continue working, you may want to know if you qualify for long term disability insurance benefits. In many cases, the answer is yes – and because long term disability insurance policies have some strict time limits when it comes to claiming benefits, time is often of the essence.

We provide some tips and strategies that can benefit financial advisors and financial planners who are considering whether to seek long term disability benefits. Should you have any questions or would like a free review of your long term disability claim, please contact us for an immediate free phone consultation with one of our disability insurance lawyers. 

Disability carriers often ignore the cognitive demands and duties required to be a financial advisor.

Through our experience of helping hundreds of financial advisors nationwide, we understand the way in which all of the disability insurance companies will evaluate the duties of a financial advisor. Long term disability insurance carriers tend to minimize the duties of the job, placing special focus on the physical demands a financial advisor endures. Most disability companies ignore the tremendous cognitive demands required to be a financial advisor. Job duties such as multi-tasking, attending meetings, researching, earning’s calls, employer meetings, staffing responsibilities, and always being on-call for demanding clients make the job of  financial advisor extremely demanding.

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Because the job tends to be on the sedentary side, the focus on physical capabilities ignores the significant cognitive demands imposed on a financial advisor. Someone who is distracted by chronic pain or the side effects of certain medication won’t be able to maintain the focus and concentration necessary to advise clients on their finances, taxes, or investments. The ability to sit in a chair for 6 out of 8 hours a day should not be the standard as to whether a financial advisor can perform the duties of their job.

The definition of “disability” will vary from one disability company to another.

Not only does every disability insurance carrier have a slightly different definition of “disability,” but even within the same carrier, group and individual long term disability policies can be very different. Group disability policies are governed by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Most of these policies will classify a claimant as disabled if they’re unable to perform their “own occupation” – or the position they enjoyed before their disability. After about two years of benefits, the definition of disability switches to “any occupation,” allowing benefits to continue only if the claimant is unable to perform any occupation. This stricter standard can lead to more denials.

Individual long term disability policies, on the other hand, generally have a more expansive definition of disability that allows more claimants to qualify for benefits. Unfortunately, even these policies tend to shift the definition of disability over time, requiring the financial advisor to keep their medical records up to date to be prepared for this shift. Most financial advisers have individual disability insurance policies and these policies usually have an “own occupation” definition of disability.

Diagnosis does not equal disability and you need to have strong documentation to win benefits.

Being diagnosed with a serious or chronic medical condition isn’t the end of the story when it comes to qualifying for long term disability benefits. In addition to providing medical evidence supporting the disability, the claimant also will need to show how this disability affects their ability to work as a financial advisor. Some chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis may not initially impact a claimant’s ability to do their job, but can progress over time and impact the claimant’s ability to concentrate, comprehend, or perform even the limited physical functions of the position.

Proper medical record documentation is very important for claim approval.

Many financial advisors who seek disability benefits are dealing with “hidden” disabilities that aren’t apparent to the naked eye. These conditions, ranging from chronic pain to autoimmune disorders, can be tough to document in a way that will capture the insurance carrier’s attention. As a result, financial advisors must have sufficient medical documentation to support their claim for benefits. In some cases, this may require extra testing, including cognitive testing, that can better demonstrate the impact the disability is having on your physical and mental performance.

We’ve helped hundreds of financial advisors and financial planners recover the disability benefits they’re entitled to, and we can help you too. Get in touch with one of our attorneys today so that we can discuss your long term disability claim.

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AT&T Was Great and Sedgwick Horrible

Reviewed by From a great job to a complete nightmare on March 20th 2024   Verified Policyholder | March 2024 date of disability
My Physician recommended that I take some time from a toxic environment after several deaths in my family coupled with AT&T trying to run tenured employees out of the door... read more >
New York Life

Keeps claiming they will not approve claim for pre existing conditions but my illness is not preexisting

Reviewed by M.T. on February 15th 2024   Verified Policyholder | May 2023 date of disability
I have been appealing a claim for LTD for 8 months! New York Life keeps claiming they will not approve claim for pre existing conditions but my illness is not preexisting ... read more >
Reliance Standard

Staff Lie

Reviewed by Tanya on February 12th 2024   Verified Policyholder | August 2021 date of disability
I had my disability cut off the day I was scheduled to find out whether I should have surgery. The claims examiner was aware that I had an appointment on that date and sai... read more >
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Sent on February 12th 2024 by Attorney Gregory Dell

I am sorry to hear about your experience. It’s crazy that Reliance Standard would deny your disability benefits when you are suffering so badly that you need surgery.... read more >

Hartford

Former Hartford employee has had life insurance and accidental death policy's revoked for one late premium payment

Reviewed by Becky H. THOMAS on February 12th 2024   Verified Policyholder | February 2024 date of disability
Dislike how they are constantly interrupting the lives of their disabled EE's whom are entitled to benefit which they paid into out of there pay check every pay period onl... read more >
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Sent on February 12th 2024 by Attorney Gregory Dell

Thank you for your review of Hartford and we appreciate you sharing.  It’s sad they don’t take care of their own employees.

Lincoln Financial

Never received benefits my entire leave - or help with them

Reviewed by Anna on December 19th 2023   Verified Policyholder | November 2023 date of disability
I used my short term disability insurance for maternity leave and started the process beforehand knowing when I would be out (scheduled induction.) It took a little over a... read more >
Sun Life

Unscrupulous Tactics

Reviewed by Misseekayy on December 19th 2023   Verified Policyholder | May 2023 date of disability
Sunlife uses unscrupulous tactics in order to prevent payment of claims. They wait until it is close to the 30 day mark and then they ask for another form of information o... read more >
Sedgwick

Lame

Reviewed by Dennis T. on December 11th 2023   Verified Policyholder | March 2022 date of disability
My experience with Sedgwick and personell is as follows: Unhelpful, unprofessional and an overall unpleasant experience.
Unum

Low payments

Reviewed by Dorothy on November 30th 2023   Verified Policyholder | November 2023 date of disability
I was injured at work. I did house keeping in a hospital. I tore just about everything imaginable in my knee. I was let go from my job, because I was no longer able to do ... read more >
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In Winkler v. Principal Life Insurance Company, Thomas Winkler, a financial planner, collected 24 months of disability benefits when he was un... Read More >

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In the case of Amy Wright v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company (Reliance), Plaintiff was the vice-president of... Read More >

Unum Wrongfully Terminated Disabled Lawyer’s Disability Claim of Depression and Anxiety Despite Improvement in His Condition

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Our goal is to get your application for disability income benefits approved. Applying for disability benefits can be a difficult process and the information you provide is critical. Most disability insurance companies look at your application in hopes of finding a reason to deny your claim. Your disability company will ask you to complete numerous forms, interview you, request lots of information, speak with your doctors and possibly request to have you examined by their "hired gun" doctor.

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Preparing a strong disability appeal package is an art that requires you to understand how the courts interpret your disability policy language, ERISA regulations / laws, and how to strategically present evidence in support of your definition of "disability". We encourage you to contact any of our lawyers for a free immediate review of your disability denial.

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We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients and we would like the opportunity to provide you with a free review of your disability benefit denial. There are many complex factors in a disability benefit lawsuit and the legal battle to win long term disability benefits can be fierce.

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We are disability insurance lawyers that know how to get your short or long term disability benefits paid. As a nationwide law firm we have helped thousands of disability insurance claimants throughout the United States to collect hundreds of millions of dollars of disability insurance benefits from every major disability insurance company.

In more than 98% of our cases, our lawyers have been able to either get our clients paid monthly disability benefits or obtain a one-time lump-sum settlement. Our lawyers have seen it all when it comes to disability insurance claims and we know exactly what it takes for your disability claim to be approved.

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Our lawyers help individuals that have either purchased a long term disability insurance policy from an insurance company or obtained short or long term disability insurance coverage as a benefit from their employer. We have helped individuals in almost every type of occupation with monthly disability benefit payments ranging from $1,500 to $50,000.

Our clients include all types of employees ranging from retail associates, sales representatives, government employees, police officers, teachers, janitors, nurses, pilots, truck drivers, financial advisors, doctors, dentists, veterinarians, lawyers, consultants, IT professionals, engineers, professional athletes, business owners, and high level executives.

A strong understanding and presentation of the duties of your occupation is essential for securing disability insurance benefits.

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Yes. We are a national disability insurance law firm that is available to represent you regardless of where you live in the United States. We have partner lawyers in every state and we have filed lawsuits in most federal courts nationwide. Our disability lawyers represent disability claimants at all stages of a claim for disability insurance benefits. There is nothing that our lawyers have not seen in the disability insurance world.

What are your fees?

Since we represent disability insurance claimants at different stages of a disability insurance claim we offer a variety of different fee options. We understand that claimants living on disability insurance benefits have a limited source of income; therefore we always try to work with the claimant to make our attorney fees as affordable as possible.

The three available fee options are a contingency fee agreement (no attorney fee or cost unless we make a recovery), hourly fee or fixed flat rate.

In every case we provide each client with a written fee agreement detailing the terms and conditions. We always offer a free initial phone consultation and we appreciate the opportunity to work with you in obtaining payment of your disability insurance benefits.

Do I have to come to your office to work with your law firm?

No. For purposes of efficiency and to reduce expenses for our clients we have found that 99% of our clients prefer to communicate via phone, email, fax, GoToMeeting sessions, or Skype. If you prefer an initial in-person meeting please let us know. A disability company will never require you to come to their office and similarly we are set up so that we handle your entire claim without the need for you to come to our office.

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When you call us during normal business hours you will immediately speak with a disability attorney. We can be reached at 800-698-9159 or by email. Lawyers and staff must return all client calls same day. Client emails are usually replied to within the same business day and seem to be the preferred and most efficient method of communication for most clients.