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SSDI step 1: Hire help
SSDI step 1: Hire help © goodluz/Shutterstock.com

SSDI step 1: Hire help

When you apply for disability insurance, Social Security doesn't tell you that your first step ought to be to hire a lawyer or other expert adviser. Allsup, a private firm that advises people about how to get SSDI, says Social Security doesn't even make it clear that an applicant can have representation from the very beginning of the application process. Nearly 7 out of 10 applicants have their initial disability applications denied, which can slow this already complicated process down dramatically, according to Allsup.

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