This question brought a reader to my blog recently: Can a lawyer represent a claimant for a Social Security initial determination?
The answer is yes. You do not have to wait until you receive a denial letter to seek the help of an attorney.
There are some good reasons to get a lawyer involved early in a claim for disability benefits. In my view, it is particularly important for claimants over the age of 50 to have help when applying for Social Security disability benefits.