I applied for SSDI/SSI years ago; signed a fee agreement; ALJ denied; rep withdrew. I appealed on my own; granted remand with instructions; a new hearing was scheduled; contacted new rep. I explained my medical history and how the 1st rep failed me; the new rep agreed my claim was very winnable. He was hesitant to take over because of the previous fee agreement, but ultimately had me sign a new agreement. During the 2nd hearing, a ME said I met a listing, but because of an ongoing AOD issue, the ALJ moved my AOD ahead by 8 years; dismissed my SSDI claim; granted me SSI; case closed. My rep objected to nothing and failed to instruct me on what was going on. I ultimately received no SSI award/back pay because a little over asset limit; fee agreement was disapproved; filed another appeal.
Received 2nd AC remand with stipulation to my disability, but with instructions to clarify my AOD. This tells me that I am currently classified as disabled; my claim is solely about correct AOD now. 3rd ALJ hearing has been scheduled with a new ALJ. Because my reps fee agreement was disapproved, he will have to submit a fee petition. In doing so, can he request that I sign a new fee agreement (which would void out him having to submit a fee petition)? What do I say if he happens to suggest signing a new fee agreement?