Technically, you do not need to be represented by a lawyer when you apply for SSD benefits. However, we would highly recommend that you do seek legal help.
You can see our page on Seven Ways a Local Attorney Can Help You for a more thorough explanation of the benefits of working with a local upstate South Carolina lawyer as you pursue benefits.
The bottom line is that the process of pursuing SSD benefits can be very complex. Because so much is at stake for you and your family, you should entrust your case to a skilled and experienced legal professional who has a background in pursuing these benefits.
The attorney you choose should also have strong knowledge of how local Social Security Administration offices and Administrative Law Judges operate. For instance, a lawyer will know what evidence you likely will need to help the ALJ make a decision.
A lawyer can also help you overcome any obstacles you encounter such as missing an appeal deadline.
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