Do I Need Representation?

There is absolutely no reason under the sun why you could not apply for either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income all on …

There is absolutely no reason under the sun why you could not apply for either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income all on your own.   Even in the event that you have a mental or physical condition that makes it difficult for you to complete the process on your own, there is free assistance available for you to help you get through the process.  However, many people who apply for either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income are choosing to do so with the help of a representative.  Do you need a representative to help you through the process, and if not, why are so many people choosing to work with them?

The Long And Short of Representation

The short answer is, of course, no.  You can guide yourself through the initial application and through appeals.  There is plenty of help available to make sure that you have every chance in the world to get benefits.  What a representative does for a client in Social Security Disability Insurance or a Supplemental Security Income case is to help the client’s life be a little bit easier.

Depending on the type of representative you choose, you can have somebody take care of the entire affair.  This means that the representative becomes the primary contact for all information, rather than the client.  The representative can never make decisions without the consent of the client or the client’s power of attorney.  But this can take a lot of stress off of the backs of the client and the client’s family.

Another advantage of having a representative is that they generally know the process of applying and appealing for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income.  After all, it is their job to do so.  If you have a representative, you don’t have to worry about missing out on a nuance involved with the process – the process will be well handled as is.

If you do decide to hire representation, know that the legitimate companies will not charge you a dime until and unless you win your case.  A good litmus test for your own case is to take it to a representative.  Even if you do not end up using their services, the fact that they would be willing to take on your case means that you have a decent chance of winning.  Since representatives are paid if they do not win their cases, they won’t take on a case that has little or no chance of actually getting disability payments.