In many cases, people don't need a lawyer to help them file for Social Security unless they're applying for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income.

However, if your application for Social Security runs into problems you may find that hiring a lawyer that has experience in Social Security cases proves to be a tremendous asset.

Check out the Avvo Legal Guides and q&a below to learn details such as how much a Social Security lawyer will cost, and how a lawyer can help your case succeed.