Thank you, CactusLil', for your info on what "a friend of the court" means. Now how do I find out if the attorney I call is a friend of the court? Is that the type of question that their receptionist or secretary would answer for me or can I find out from the court clerk? Which court would hear the SSD cases? BTW, I am dealing with the Fort Worth Tarrant County Texas office of SSA -- I filed in Arlington -- but have been unable to find any attorney yet who is familiar with FMS or MPS and none willing to even talk. Thanks so much for the feedback.