A claimant may appoint a qualified individual to represent him/her in pursuing his/her
claim(s) or asserted rights under titles II, XVI, and XVIII of the Act and title IV
of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act.
The decision to have or not to have a representative is for the claimant to make.
SSA neither encourages nor discourages representation.
SSA will provide the same level of service in processing a claimant's claim, regardless
the claimant is represented or not;
an appointed representative is an attorney or non-attorney; or
an appointed representative charges the claimant a fee, collects a fee from a third
party, or does not charge for services.