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How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

What kind of Social Security Disability representative should I use?



 
Basically, there are two types of Social Security Disability representatives: attorneys and non-attorney representatives. Both attorneys and non-attorney representatives may be able to provide quality representation for your Social Security Disability claim or SSI disability claim. And since the same function is provided by each, the Social Security Administration allows the same fee to be paid to both. Currently, the fee payable to a disability representative is 25 percent of whatever disability backpay an SSD or SSI claimant is entitled to, up to a maximum of $6000.00

Is an attorney categorically better than a non-attorney? Not at all, because when it comes to choosing the individual who will handle and represent your claim, the issue of competency is not synonymous with legal expertise. Social security adjudication is actually an administrative process. And this is why disability cases at the initial claim and reconsideration levels are determined by disability examiners (who, obviously, are not attorneys). And this is, further, why non-attorney claimant's representatives handle cases for claimants at the initial claim level, reconsideration, and disability hearing levels.

Many non-attorney representatives, in fact, are former disability examiners, such as myself, and many are former Social security claims reps (CRs, or claims reps, are the individuals who take retirement and disability applications at social security offices).

In fact, you might receive superior representation from a non-attorney representative who regularly attends administrative law judge disability hearings than an attorney representative who primarily handles traffic or real estate cases and only sporadically goes to hearings.








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Forms to complete when filing, applying for disability
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While you are in your disability interview
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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.