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The choice of a good Social Security representative is perhaps one of the most important decisions you will make during your disability claim. The choice you make can be the difference between being approved or denied for disability benefits.

Social Security representatives can be a lawyer (attorney) or a Social Security non-attorney representative. The Social Security Administration views the two equally with regard to their representing clients for disability. A lawyer may be worse for your disability claim than a non-attorney representative if they do not specialize in Social Security disability law. Non-attorney representatives can be as knowledgeable as an attorney who specializes in Social Security disability.

The fee for representation is the same for both because Social Security sets the representation fee.

It may be advisable for you to interview a few prospective representatives before choosing one. Once you find your representative, you will sign a fee agreement.

This fee agreement is legally binding. If you later find you do not wish to work with the person you chose, they may still be able to collect a fee from you if you win your case. So choose carefully.

If your obtain the services of an attorney or non-attorney representative, they will help you file your appeals timely, submit additional evidence, and they will go to your disability hearing with you. While you can do all of this yourself, you as an average person are not familiar with medical vocational rules or case law that could lead to your disability claim being approved rather than denied.

Your representative will present your disability claim a way that is most favorable to your disability case being approved. If represented, you are simply more likely to be approved at a disability hearing than those without representation.

Questions and Answers

1. Will Social Security send you to a psychologist?

2. Applying for disability on the basis of a physical impairment

3. Can I get disability if I have never worked?

4. What does it mean when I have to see another doctor for SSDI?

5. Can Social Security find all your medical records?

6. Does my retirement affect my SSD?

7. What do they ask in a SSDI interview?

8. Can I get SSI if my wife works?

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.