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It is always in your best interest to speak with an attorney about your case. If you cannot afford an attorney, a legal aid organization may be able to represent you for free or at reduced cost. However, certain restrictions apply and they may not be able to take your case. You have a right to represent yourself, and there are diverse services available to help you learn more.

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There are three main kinds of Social Security Benefits: Disability Benefits, Survivors Benefits, and Retirement Benefits. 

This library guide is about Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) disability benefits. 

This LibGuide will provide:

  • basic information about SSDI and SSI disability benefits in Louisiana;
  • basic information on the legal process of SSDI and SSI disability benefits; and
  • resources for additional information and services.

What this libguide cannot do:

  • provide a full and complete guide to SSDI and SSI disability benefits;
  • apply for benefits on your behalf; or
  • replace the advice of an attorney. 

Legal issues with SSDI and SSI disability benefits are common and do not always require a lawyer. Some people can get SSDI and SSI disability benefits without professional assistance.  Those not represented by professional legal assistance are often referred to as self-represented litigants.

This libguide is still in development and the information is not guaranteed to be accurate. For additional resources and/or to find assistance in your parish, visit


The Legal Education and Assistance Program (LEAP) is a project sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association, with the support of the Louisiana Library Association, the Law Library of Louisiana, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Acadiana Legal Services, and Legal Services of North Louisiana. LEAP aims to provide support and assistance to public librarians throughout the state by providing them with the tools to help their patrons with their legal questions. LEAP understands that librarians are prohibited from providing legal advice, but instead helps them provide legal information, including referrals to attorneys.