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Introduction: I have been dealing with social security disability law for over 30 years. I was privileged to serve as a social security administrative law judge for 20 years, hearing and deciding thousands of disability cases of every type. Since leaving the bench in 1998, I have devoted my practice almost entirely to the representation of applicants for social security disability and other social security benefits in Connecticut and New York, including supplemental security income before the social security administration and the United States courts. I represent Connecticut, metropolitan New York, and Hudson Valley disability claimants at all stageswhether at application, first appeal, second appeal, or hearing level. A substantial portion of my practice consists of cases referred by attorneys, including many federal court appeals cases.
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- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?At a hearing, during the time in which you testify, the more information that you are able to provide, the better the judge will get to know you and your situation. In addition, it lends credibility to a case when you speak and present yourself naturally. The Judge will probably ask a number of questions. Your New York disability lawyer will ask questions if he or she thinks that you need to speak further, to clarify, elaborate upon something, , or to satisfy the Judges concerns. In the case of witnesses, your New York disability attorney will likely be questioning more. Your New York disability attorney will question both the witnesses that you have brought and any expert witnesses that have been called by the judge. In addition, he or she may make a written or spoken closing argument, although a well-developed case often precludes the need for a closing argument. Your New York disability attorney may also file post-hearing briefs. You and your New York disability attorney will do a good deal of collaborative preparation before the hearing. An important part of your New York disability attorneys job is to build your case before the hearing through legal and medical research, through preparation of you and your witnesses to testify, and through the gathering and presentation of medical records.