Hi, I see you are either applying or have applied for SSD. You mentioned in a post to Pete that if you get turned down for benefits you would then hire an atty. This is how attys I know take the cases, they wait till the person has received a denial.
I want to caution you a little about some things when hiring an atty. Do your homework before hiring one. Find a local atty that is board certified in SSD. Get an atty that lets you come into the office so you can put an eyeball on things. If you get bad vibes going on-do not sign with the atty. get out of there. Stay away from the high rollers that advertise on tv or spend $75 k for a big yellow page ad, ok. here is why, nine times out of ten you will never meet this guy, and he usually will have a bunch of green horns working for him fresh out of law school and still wet behind the ears. You do not want them cutting their teeth on your claim. Those guys have the biggest ego's you have ever seen and usually they are just plain idiots themselves. We have quite a few of these high rollers here in the Fort Worth/Dallas area, I have seen how they handle their clients and the cases and its not professional in many instances. They can talk the but they can't walk the walk.
Only sign what is called a Contingency Contract/Authority to Represent which means if he wins the claim for you he gets paid out of your past due benefits and there is a cap on what he can be paid. If the case is lost then you owe him no money. Do not pay any money up front. Never be pressured to sign anything, if you would liek to take the paperwork home and read it, then ask them to let you do just that.
Call your local bar association and they will give you names and phone numbers of attys that handle SSD claims. When calling the attys office ask if they are board certified and how long he has been handling SS claims. You can also go online and check out an atty to see if he has ever been reprimanded and what for, had his license suspended, complaints filed, you get the picture. All you have to do is go online for state bar in your state.
Good luck and if i think of anything else I will post it. Good luck.