When you hire a disability attorney to work on your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) case, your lawyer will file a Form 1696 Appointment of Representative with the Social Security Administration (SSA). This is the document needed for SSA to acknowledge that you now have representation. The SSA will not allow an attorney to discuss or act on your claim without this form being signed and dated by you.
With this form, the SSA acknowledges the representative can speak on your behalf with your approval. Once received, all correspondence is sent directly to your representative. Your representative will act as the primary contact point for the SSA to discuss your claim, but you will still receive copies of correspondence. This can include filing of appropriate paperwork to appeal your claim, help in obtaining medical records to supplement your claim, help in arranging contact with the client, scheduling your disability hearing, and other things to help further your claim.
Some of my clients change residences and telephone numbers, which can make it difficult for the SSA to contact them. Our office can provide a stable place to provide updated information to all parties involved regarding your disability claim. We can also explain how these updates affect your claim. Social Security disability is the focus of our law firm, and what may seem confusing to disability claimants can be explained by a qualified attorney or representative.
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Author: Scott Lewis