The Importance of Being Earnest

Social Security claimants are often advised to be honest before the Court and the Administrative Law Judge – they are, after all, sworn in and giving testimony under oath. However, claimants – especially those that do not seek counsel at the Initial and Reconsideration stages – rarely get counseled...

What to expect at a disability hearing

The thought of your Social Security Disability/SSI hearing can be overwhelming. What is the purpose of the hearing? Who will be there with you? How should you prepare? When will you receive a decision? What questions will you need to answer? Here are eight common questions and answers to...

Medical records are important to prove disability

When applying for Social Security Disability Insurance, medical records are vital in proving that you have a recognized disability, or the symptoms of it, that is, or will, prevent you from working for at least a year. “Without medical records, it becomes very difficult to substantiate your claim,” said...

Why Hire a Social Security Attorney?

The path to receiving Social Security disability benefits is long and complex. I tell all my clients that I wish they didn’t need legal representation, but I would never advise anyone fight for their benefits without an attorney. Having a Social Security attorney is even more effective. Social Security...

How Do I Get Started on My Social Security Case?

Many claimants winder, “how do I get started on my Social Security Disability case?” In order to begin the application process, it is important to know which program(s) you qualify for. Many do not realize there are two different Social Security disability programs: (1) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)...