In recent months we have seen an increase in claimants who attend a hearing, unrepresented, and then seek counsel at the request of the ALJ who continues the hearing until they obtain representation.
Obviously this adds an extra step in the process, and puts the claimant at a disadvantage because of further delay. The attorney then has to go back and collect records, establish the theory of the case, and prepare the claimant for hearing when all of this could have been accomplished much earlier.
The moral of the story is this: obtain representation as early as possible if you are seeking disability.
We are here to help you from the very beginning, and we can file an application electronically, eliminating your need to deal directly with the Social Security Administration application process.
Remember, early representation results in a more efficient presentation at the hearing, as well as at the initial application and reconsideration levels.