How long does it take?

Unfortunately, the time period between applying for benefits and receiving the first check is typically quite lengthy. This is true whether you are handling your own claim or you have an attorney or a personal representative doing it for you. And since it is very common to get turned down at first, the appeals process adds months and months. It is best to "put your best foot forward" in the beginning. In other words, present your strongest case with documentation.

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