It is not necessary to have an attorney for the initial application. You can file online at the SSA website, over the phone or in person. Of course for the last two you will want to see the questionnaire ahead of time so you will have as much information as possible at your fingertips. Visit the Forms page on our website for more information.
If your application is denied, as a majority of them are, a written appeal must be filed within 60 days. Again do not wait until the 59th day. Even if you get in under the wire it is just more time you have to wait for your hearing and, of course, the final decision.
If you have a question at any stage, or just want to talk about whether you should apply at all, you can call me for a free consultation 334-290-8018 or contact me below.