Hello, I keep reading that one needs legal representation for the SSDI hearing, should it come to that and I would love to know why and what the lawyer does for you either before or during the hearing. My private disability company referred me to a legal firm to help me file for SSDI and they are making such a huge mess of everything I am tempted to fire them right now. However, I need to think twice if, in fact, I need a lawyer down the road as I don't want my private disability company to complain I don't have one. Sorry so longwinded -- please do let me know what these lawyers did for you to help me decide. I have a phone meeting with these lawyers tomorrow AM and am thinking I should dump them then if I'm going to as I don't want them to keep working on the file if I am getting rid of them. Oh, man, is this what life has come to??? Thank you for your input.