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A Disability Attorney in Ocala Discusses ALJ Opening Statements

  • Published: August 1, 2013

Even though you should have your disability attorney in Ocala present at any hearings you attend, it helps to be aware of what is likely to happen when you get there. Below, you will find important information about ALJ (administrative law judges) and their opening statements.

Typically, the ALJ will open your record, name anyone present at the hearing, and record whether or not you have a disability attorney in Ocala representing you. There is no reason to be intimidated by an ALJ. The majority of administrative law judges will actually try to put you at ease when the hearing begins.

Next, the ALJ may request that you or your disability lawyer in Ocala verify certain parts of your record. The opening statements may include some or all of the following elements:

  • A statement that the ALJ is separate from the office that initially denied you benefits.
  • A statement that the proceeding will be recorded, and that the record will involve oral as well as written testimony.
  • Sometimes, ALJs will ask if your disability attorney in Ocala wants to waive a reading of the procedural history and statement of the issues. Most attorneys agree to this.

Contact a Disability Lawyer in Ocala Today for Legal Assistance

Social Security hearings can be complex and often call for guidance by an experienced disability attorney in Ocala. Contact the CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC to discuss your hearing today. Call 352-304-5300 for a free initial consultation.

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