Indianapolis Social Security Lawyer helps filing Initial Claims

As your Indianapolis Social Security Lawyer, with more than 23 years of experience representing claimants before the Social Security Administration, I am always asked, “Do I need a lawyer to file my initial claim?”  My answer is probably considered a typical lawyer answer, and that is it depends.  If you are confident in dealing with bureaucrats, or are handy on the computer, and have reasonably good organizational skills then I would say you probably do  need a lawyer for the initial application.  If you are a little skittish, have memory problems or organizational issues, then it may be a good idea to have help at this phase.

                There are a few ways to apply.  In no particular order, you can apply online, over the phone or through an in person interview.  If you require the assistance of a lawyer in applying   I would assist you in applying on line.  The Social Security Administration website is easy to use and helpful.  You can access the site at On the first screen there is a pull down tab for your application.  Click on this tab and away you go.  If you go to your local SSA office, you will apply in person.  These folks are generally helpful and take some of the worry out of the application process.  The down side is that you have to leave your home and the lines at these locations can be problematic. 

                No matter what method you choose to use, a few preparations will make the process less stressful.  Make four lists. 1. List of medical care providers with addresses. 2. List of Medications with side effects. 3. List of all illnesses, injuries or diseases which cause you to be disabled, and finally, a list of your employers for the last 15 years.  This is essential information that might escape you at the time of application. 

                If you have any questions, or help call John P. Young at 888-639-5161 or email Mr. Young at

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