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Do I have to talk during my hearing?

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2023 | SSD - Social Security Disability |

Yes! This answer surprises many of our clients, who think because they have an attorney they won’t be talking during the hearing. The reality is that the attorney covers the legal issues and makes arguments on your behalf, but a lot of the hearing is you talking! You are the only person who can tell us about your day to day life and how your imparments impact you in your daily activities. So you have to be the one who talks about them! Both your attorney and the Judge will ask you questions, so you just have to answer them. You do not need to have a statement prepared or anything like that, just answer the questions that are asked of you. It is informal, and really like a conversation back and forth explaining what is going on in your life and why you cannot work.



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