There is no law that says you must use a lawyer to represent you in your Social Security Disability case.

But here are 5 reasons that may make you think about using a lawyer to help you win your case.

1. An experienced Social Security lawyer understands what Social Security is looking for when they review your disability case. This helps you know what evidence the Judge is looking for when he reviews your file.

2. An experienced Social Security lawyer knows the pitfalls in filling out the forms Social Security sends out. You do not want to mess up your case at the beginning.

3. An experienced Social Security lawyer will help you file your appeals online so that it can be done quickly and correctly.

4. An experienced Social Security lawyer will prepare you for your trial. You need to be prepared to answer the questions the Judge will ask. It helps to know the type of questions that will be asked and to know what questions to ask the vocational expert.

5. An experienced Social Security lawyer charges fees only if you win your case. No back benefits, then no fee. Fees are limited to 25 percent or $6,000, whichever is the lower amount. No fees are your monthly check.

Too much is as stake to fly blind. Questions about your disability case? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

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