As a rule, a person does not need an attorney's help to file the initial application for Social Security benefits. The Social Security Administration makes this part very easy and, in fact, it usually will not let an attorney (or anyone else) sign the application for you. After the application is filed; however, our office may make the difference between winning and losing your case, even at this stage.
It is up to you whether to contact us when you first apply or to wait until you are denied; however, the general rule is that it is better to contact us earlier rather than later. Generally, we become involved after a person has an initial denial.