Social Security Attorney


Application Assistance

If you're overwhelmed or frustrated and are having a hard time filling out your forms, we can assist you in filling them out.

Below is a list of forms to assist you with filing for Social Security Benefits

Here are the four forms needed to start the process. SSA-16 is for SSDI and the SSA-8000-BK is for SSI. (Check the getting started page for general information regarding which ones apply.)

Forms to start your claim

These forms are available on the SSA.GOV website if you know what to look for and they will include instructions on how to fill them out such as read and respond to each question or put “not applicable” (N/A) where appropriate. Some other general advice is “don’t try to make it perfect”. You can write in the margins or cross something out and write over it if you make a mistake. If the information isn’t available put “I don’t know” to show you didn’t just ignore the question or refuse to answer. You or your attorney can track down the information later if it turns out to be crucial. This is not to say “It’s okay to be careless” but that it is more important at this stage to keep moving forward and to not put it aside and perhaps let a deadline pass.

The Adult Disability Report (SSA-3368-BK) is required for all adult disability claims.


The SSA-827 allows Social Security to collect (and pay for) medical records that are required to prove your case a well as tax records that allow them to determine what they should pay you if you win. The Disability Determination Service actually prefers to get the records directly from your providers (despite the cost). For one thing, the providers keep the record in an orderly (and user friendly condition) And getting the records directly from the provider eliminates any suspicion that a claimant has tampered with the records for fraudulent purposes.

Claimants should fill out and return every 827 they receive from Social Security. Providers require them to be recently signed. Of course medical records are crucial, not only to prove a condition but to also prove that the condition isn’t disabling only because the claimant refused to follow the doctor’s recommendations.