Re: Lawyers ?
Karen, you can do the reconsideration on your own. Your representative wouldn't really do anything differently from what you would do, so why pay someone else if you would get approval at this stage?
I have a personal advocate who was highly recommended to me. I have a lot of respect for her. She has integrity! She also has an "in" with the judges, who allow her to bring 3-4 cases at a time before them, fully worked up and without the patient being there. She has a 97% success rate and only takes 10-15 cases a year. I'm so grateful that she was willing to take mine!
My yellow pages listed tons of lawyers who do only disability. If you want to go that route, just browse through them and make some phone calls. See if there's someone you seem to click with and who is accessible.
I hope this helps,