How Do I Know When And Where My Social Security Disability Hearing Will Be?

May 21, 2012 Comments Off on How Do I Know When And Where My Social Security Disability Hearing Will Be? by

Question: How do I know when and where my Social Security disability hearing will be?

Answer: Social Security will tell you when and where your Social Security disability hearing will be. By law, they have to tell you at least 20 days in advance. They will send you a written notice in the mail. In fact, they’ll also give you a robocall a day or two before the hearing to remind you.

Where my law firm practices, claimants are getting a lot more than 20 days notice about the date of their hearing. We’re finding out as much as four months in advance. If anything, this is too long in advance. It causes practical problems for the attorneys. We don’t want to plan vacations that far in advance! Even the judges complain for much the same reason. I don’t understand why it’s happening so far in advance.

I should say that a claimant may not find out quite this far in advance unless their attorney lets them know. The judge’s office calls the attorney to let us know when the hearing is to be. They don’t get out the written notice until later — although still a lot more than 20 days in advance. I don’t know about everybody but we let clients know pretty much right away about the date of their hearing. Generally, we’ll send you directions on how to get from where you live to the hearing.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.