Do I need a lawyer?

Hiring a lawyer to represent you in your Social Security disability claim may be a crucial element in obtaining the benefits you deserve.

Hiring an attorney is your decision. At all stages of the application and appeals process, you may choose to represent yourself or you may choose to have an attorney represent you.

Many applicants first seek the help of an attorney when their claim is headed for a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. If your claim is denied at the initial application stage and again at the reconsideration stage, then it is highly recommended that you hire an attorney to represent you at the administrative hearing stage.

However, many people want the assistance of a lawyer from the beginning. At the Law Office of Brendan Conley, we can help you even if you have not yet filed your initial application. We can guide you through the process and help you submit the documentation that will be most likely to result in a favorable decision. If your case is at the administrative hearing stage, then we can prepare for the hearing, submit a hearing brief to the judge, and argue your case at the hearing.

If you are unsure whether or not you need an attorney, you should consider that most claims are denied at the initial application stage. At the hearing stage, multiple studies have found that claimants that are represented by an attorney have their claims approved more often, on average, than claimants that do not have such representation.

To learn more, contact us for a free consultation.

1 Comment on Do I need a lawyer?

  1. My husband is considering hiring a disability attorney to help him get social security benefits now that his legs have been paralyzed. We’re going to be going into the application process soon and neither of us are great with legal jargon, so we want to have help from the beginning as you talked about. It’s good to know that having an attorney at this stage will seriously help our chances of avoiding denial of our claim, so we’ll be sure to get a professional, for sure.

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