(a) You may appoint as your representative in dealings with us any attorney in good standing who—
(1) Has the right to practice law before a court of a State, Territory, District, or island possession of the United States, or before the Supreme Court or a lower Federal court of the United States;
(2) Is not disqualified or suspended from acting as a representative in dealings with us; and
(3) Is not prohibited by any law from acting as a representative.
(b) You may appoint any person who is not an attorney to be your representative in dealings with us if the person—
(1) Is generally known to have a good character and reputation;
(2) Is capable of giving valuable help to you in connection with your claim;
(3) Is not disqualified or suspended from acting as a representative in dealing with us; and
(4) Is not prohibited by any law from acting as a representative.
(c) We may refuse to recognize the person you choose to represent you if the person does not meet the requirements in this section. We will notify you and the person you attempted to appoint as your representative if we do not recognize the person as a representative.
[45 FR 52106, Aug. 5, 1980, as amended at 76 FR 80247, Dec. 23, 2011]