In 2006 when I lost my FT job and went on unemployment I found this woman in the phone book in the yellow pages under attorneys who said she worked for the SSA and now is a legal rep. She said she can handle the cases except for going in front of the judge,I think that's what she said,it's been 3yrs. I told her I was on unemployment at the time but she told me I should go ahead and file and sent me paperwork to fill out and send back to her but I never did because I was afraid I would lose my unemployment and that's all I had to live on,I'm single. I'm still curious about it. Has anyone used a SS rep instead of a lawyer to file and did they actually help you? If she can't go in front of the judge if my case went that far then what do I do?