You should NOT have a non-attorney clerk at your hearing?
There are non-attorney representatives who can represent you at the hearing which first came into being because the SSA Disability process was established to allow access to all in an informal manner.
However, informal or not your Social Security Hearing is often the “final chapter” of a three year or more long battle. In other words, your final chance to win in consideration of all of the evidence.
It is shocking to think that many claimants leave the task of proving up their claim to non-attorney, often unskilled, without even the requirement of a high school diploma, representatives. In other words, claimants that would typically not hand over the future of tens of thousands of dollars are doing just that with a non-attorney representative.
Even more shocking, law firms such as Morgan & Morgan who even advertise about representatives “hurting you” are in fact the same where they send non-attorney clerks to your hearing. Very true and very sad fact of the confusing process where you think a regulated law firm has your best interest in mind but then send an uneducated clerk to do a lawyers job.
Words of advice: don’t enter into any agreement with a non-attorney representative even if an attorney also signs the document.Do not let some Tom, Dick or Harry non-attorney poser represent you at your most important hour of need.
Make sure you have an attorney at your hearing, if you don’t, then immediately tell the Judge you want a real lawyer and not a non-attorney poser.