Q: Can I fire my SSDI representative and hire a new one?
He hasn't stayed in touch with me and when the SSDI people call his office for information regarding my case, he tells them to call me directly! I always get the answering service when I call his office and haven't spoke directly with him since June 2009...always have to speak to his assistant. I have been denied 3 time and the judge denied me. My rep filed an appeal and told me to re-file in the meantime....that's all I was told to do....no referrals, no help with the refiling, nothing! Seems he's sitting back while I am doing all the work and IF I ever do get approved, he will be in touch then you can bet on it, to rake in his 25%!
Dear Sir or Madam:
Of course you “can” fire your SSDI attorney, however, generally the question is really “should” you fire your representative. I often field calls from potential clients wanting to fire their SSDI attorney and hire me. What I generally find is that they are actually frustrated with the delays involved with the Social Security Disability process itself, and feel the attorney is “not doing enough.”
I would urge you to take a look at your situation, and make sure you are not taking out your frustrations regarding the lengthy SSDI process itself on your attorney. Your attorney went in to this field to help people, be sure you are giving him the benefit of the doubt.
Also remember that your attorney generally has the right to ask for a fee even if you have parted ways at the time your claim is approved.
I hope this answers your question.
Casey L. Saunders, Attorney at Law
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