If you are looking to apply for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), then you will want to go ahead and hire a local Social Security attorney. Here are just a few qualities a local Social Security attorney should have. First they should be extremely knowledgeable about the Social Security system and how it works. The best way to know they are knowledgeable in this area is to get a local Social Security attorney who works only with Social Security cases. If you happen to have an attorney who does other cases (i.e. divorce, abuse, etc) just make sure they have done several Social Security cases and have had positive outcome with each of them. You always want a local Social Security attorney to be able to tell you how to fill out any forms you may get from Social Security, answer any questions they may ask, and how to act and what to say if Social Security sends you to one of their doctors. A local Social Security attorney should not charge you unless you win your case. He/she should also be willing to stick with you in the event you have to file several appeals. A local Social Security attorney should be one who will file as many appeals as it takes to get your Social Security. The best local Social Security attorneys are those who have actually worked in the Social Security system. They could have been anything from an attorney for Social Security to a hearings judge for them. However, a good attorney does not always have to have worked for Social Security in the past.