Unrepresented at your Social Security hearing?

Another blog recently wrote that if you go to your hearing without an attorney, the judge will assume you have no case, won’t treat you with respect, and is more likely to deny you.

Not surprisingly, they are trying to sell you their legal services.

Now, I certainly think getting an attorney is a good idea.

  • Statistically, your chances of winning are better if you have an attorney.
  • An attorney can help you collect evidence.
  • An attorney can evaluate your case for weaknesses and help you build the strongest case possible.

BUT, you should not hire an attorney out of fear.

I cannot speak about how judges in other jurisdictions handle cases, but I cannot think of a single judge I have dealt with that has not taken extra care when working with an unrepresented claimant. At a minimum, the judge will go over your right to representation and will often postpone the case to make sure you want to proceed without counsel.

If you go through with the hearing without counsel, by Social Security’s own regulations, the judge has special duties to make sure your hearing is handled fairly.

You may be saying that regulations will not guarantee that you will be treated fairly. True enough. However, there is no reason to assume you will become a victim if you go to hearing without an attorney. Spreading fear is just a cheap strategy to try to get more clients.

Disclaimer: This is NOT legal advice. This site provides general information about Social Security disability cases in Colorado. To discuss your particular circumstances, please contact a lawyer in your area. Please review the full disclaimer .

About Tomasz Stasiuk

Tomasz Stasiuk is a Colorado Springs Social Security disability lawyer and the founding attorney of the Stasiuk Firm - a law firm specializing in Social Security disability cases in Colorado. Follow Tomasz Stasiuk on Google and Twitter


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    Hiring an attorney or disability advocate is almost always a good idea.  Whether you are at the initial stage or appealing a previous denial, a disability lawyer will ensure that all forms are completed correctly and, if necessary, present a strong argument before the ALJ for why you qualify for disability benefits.