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« on: April 10, 2017, 07:24:27 AM »

I was notified a couple of days ago that my attorney, Anthony Reeves has been appointed a Federal judgeship and he would no longer be working my case. I've only had an attorney after I was initially denied benefits and he started my reconsideration on Jan 17. He did inform Social Security and he did waive all of his fees.

Should I wait until after or should I find a new attorney before the decision is made on the reconsideration?

Thanks for any advice

Name: Richard Baptist
Location: FL
Age at Application: 39
Disability: Vasculitis, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis and traumatic left shoulder injury
Date Applied: August, 15, 2016
First Approval/Denial Date: January 12, 2017 Denied
~ Platinum ~

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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2017, 07:53:15 AM »

It is a personal decision.  Has all the paperwork been filed & you are just waiting on a decision from SSA? 

You may want to at least start interviewing new representatives now so you know who you want to select if you decide to hire another one.

One option is you may be able to get a representative to agree to represent you at the ALJ hearing stage (if necessary) now but agree to not take any payments if you are approved at Reconsideration since they did not do the Reconsideration for you.  Another poster hired a representative after he filed he initial application & returned all the forms & was just waiting for a decision; his representative agreed to not take a fee if the initial application was approved (& it was & the rep did not take a fee).  Obviously, make sure any agreement of this type is in writing & you have a copy!!!!
Age at Application: 26 age of onset (but I did not apply until 28)
Date Applied: August 2011
First Approval/Denial Date: November 2011
Additional Info: I was fortunate to be approved on my initial application due to extensive medical records (12+ doctors) & documentation of unsuccessful work attempts even with significant accommodations
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2017, 12:25:54 PM »

From the attorneys that I interviewed with, they took no fee until after recon was denied.  I was under the impression that attorneys don't do much other then prepare for hearing after reconsideration has been denied.

Name: Vicki
Location: IL
Age at Application: 59. Age now 62
Disability: Hypogammagobulimannenia , aggressive arthritis spine, 4 level cervical fusion, chronic pain, DDD,COPD,
Date Applied: 7/2013
First Approval/Denial Date: 11/2013
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: 5/2014
Date OTR requested: 6/2014
Hearing Date: January 19, 2016
Date Award Letter Received: February 3, 2016. per benefit letter on my SS website
Date Back Pay Received: February 4, 2016 direct deposit
Additional Info: fully favorable letter by mail Feb 6, 2016. Medicare started Dec 2015
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