Have you received a Notice of Hearing? Here is some important information that may be helpful to you.
In most cases, Social Security is required to give you 75 days' notice for a hearing. You may be asked to waive that many days if an earlier date opens up and you and your representative are also prepared and available. Although possible, that is unlikely to happen. If you are asked to move to an earlier date and either you and/or your representative are not prepared or available, then the original hearing date will not change.
If you have received a Notice of Hearing and do not have representation, it is not too late to retain my services. For more than twenty years, I have represented adults and children seeking Social Security benefits. I normally represent someone after they have been turned down the first time, and then guide them through the process.
Additionally, I have represented people who were either dropped by their previous representative or didn't have one, as close as 30 days before the hearing. On one occasion, I represented a client with only 14 days' notice. It can be done without requesting a continuation of the hearing. (This is good for the client, as the courts do not like to continue cases.)
You can appear at the hearing without counsel or representation, then if you decide that day that you do want representation, you must insist upon it before the judge. They are bound by your demand for representation, but you must insist. The court may try to dissuade you, because that would result in your hearing not being heard that day. (As mentioned above, they do not like to continue cases beyond the hearing date, if possible.)
Consider this. There is no "last minute" lawyer waiting outside the hearing room waiting to see if you want representation. No one would step in at that point, including me, because, in order to provide maximum results for you, your representative needs time to prepare before the hearing. Additionally, I wouldn't take the case at the last minute because I could not introduce any records that might benefit you, because Social Security has a new rule that all records must be submitted five business days before the hearing.
So, without at least two weeks' notice, I could not possibly get all the records we may need for the hearing, to obtain optimum results.
I can represent you on short notice, but we need time to prepare the case for presentation, and you for testimony.
If you're running out of time, please contact me immediately so I can determine what I can do to assist you.