Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

How Do You Fire Your Disability Lawyer If You Want A New One?

If you have appointed a disability lawyer, you can fire them at any point during the disability process. However, this does not prevent your disability lawyer from petitioning for a portion of the representation fee, even if your new disability lawyer wins your disability case. And you may still be liable for any out of pocket expenses your first disability lawyer incurred while developing your disability claim. Remember, you signed a binding fee agreement with your disability lawyer and firing your old lawyer does not relieve you from paying any expenses you agreed to pay in your fee agreement with them.

If you choose to fire your disability lawyer and hire a new one, notify your current disability lawyer that you no longer want them to represent your disability claim. You should also complete a statement in writing that you no longer wish your disability lawyer to represent you.

Your disability lawyer needs to send Social Security a letter of withdrawal in order for them to remove your disability lawyer. If Social Security does not receive a letter of withdrawal, they may leave the information for both lawyers on your disability claim. This can make the fee payment process difficult for your new disability lawyer. In fact, many disability lawyers will not take a disability claim without a letter of withdrawal from the prior disability lawyer.

Generally, disability lawyers are willing to withdraw from a disability claim if they have not done much development on your case, however if they have incurred costs they may choose to petition for a portion of the fee when your disability case is won. This is why it is so important to interview a couple of disability lawyers before choosing a lawyer and signing a fee agreement. Still, there are times that you just cannot work with an individual...

If you decide that you wish to hire a new disability representative, make sure that you try to obtain a withdrawal letter from your current lawyer and send a letter or statement to Social Security stating that you no longer want the initial disability lawyer to represent your disability claim.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

My Social Security Disability SSI appeal status
Disability back pay, how it works
Eligibility criteria requirements for disability
Qualifying requirements for disability
Decision on disability case, are you eligible for a disability award
When is a Person Considered Disabled by Social Security?
Forms to appeal a Social Security Disability denial
Permanent disability benefits
How to qualify for disability with depression
If Social Security sends you to a psychiatrist
Disability denied twice
How to claim disability
How many times will Social Security deny you?
Applying for Disability with high blood pressure
Will my children get benefits if I get approved for disability?
How much time for a decision on a disability claim?
Can you work if you get an SSI disability check?
How to File for SSI
Filing for disability, how to apply for SSD, SSI
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
How to get disability
How to appeal a disability denial