First of all, posting private identifying information in a public forum like this is unwise. Contact Avvo customer service to have your post edited.
The best source for the attorney you need is a referral from www.nosscr.org.
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Others have given you advice about locating an attorney. Be advised that many state bars prohibit attorneys from contacting you. Also do not be discouraged- often a denial can be challenged and first filing denials appear to be common in a lot of states.
I agree with the others that you should try to have your phone number removed from your post.
Know that in 2012 ,67% of initial applications were denied. However, many people successfully appeal their initial decision. Your notice of decision should tell you how many days you have to appeal your decision. It is important to file for reconsideration or a hearing before that deadline. If you call a lawyer make sure they know when your deadline is.
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Everybody is giving you some great advice. Please take the opportunity to do your homework when trying to find an attorney. A lot of attorneys have websites and blogs and give you the opportunity to complete a free claim evaluation or free consultation so they determine if they can help you.
Please do not post private information in this public forum. Hopefully Avvo will remove it. You can find many good lawyers by clicking on the Find a Lawyer tab at the top of this page.
Here are some contact sources:
You may contact your local city, county or state bar association to see if they have a lawyer referral program, or you may contact your local legal aid office if you cannot afford an attorney.
You may also contact the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) for the name and email address or telephone number of attorneys in your area. The telephone number for the lawyer referral service of NOSSCR is 1-800-431-2804. NOSSCR's website is www.nosscr.org.
In addition, you can find a Board certified specialist in Social Security by contacting the National Board of Trial Advocacy. They evaluate lawyers (independently) in many types of claims and require extensive experience and testing before a lawyer is certified. They have a section specifically for Social Security: The National Board of Social Security Disability Advocacy, Divisions of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification.
Their link is: http://www.nblsc.us/
You may also contact NADR (National Association of Disability Representatives) www.nadr.org – automated Telephone Referral System at 1-800-747-6131.
Most attorneys who do any amount of Social Security work are members of NOSSCR and provide a free initial consultation. In any event, no attorney may charge a fee for work on a social security claim until it has been approved by Social Security. The fee limit is a maximum of 25% of past due or back due benefits you are owed, and many lawyers charge less than the full 25%, and the money is not paid until your claim has been approved.
I hope this information helps. Good luck to you!
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